Monday, April 16, 2012

Kukui Connection: Kata Issari

On this week's episode of Kukui Connection, Rep. Marilyn Lee welcomes Kata Issari, Hawaii Regional Director of the Joyful Heart Foundation.

The Foundation was created by Mariska Hargitay, of the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in 2004. Joyful Heart's mission is to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse and shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.

Rather than only address the trauma itself, Joyful Heart places its focus on holistic healing and the overall wellness of survivors. This progressive approach continues to services designed to help staff cope with the stress and trauma that comes with dealing with such sensitive issues on a daily basis.

Ms. Issari notes that Joyful Heart works with other organizations in dealing with the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Collaborating with other entities, rather than working independently, results in the highest level of service for clients.

To learn more about the Joyful Heart Foundation, please visit

The episode can be seen on Olelo Channel 54 on the following dates and times:

Friday, April 20 at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m.

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