Family Camp


What is Family Camp?

Hospice Hawaii’s annual Family Camp is for children and teens (7-17) and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. In a safe and supportive environment, they explore their loss with other families touched by grief. They learn to communicate and face the ‘unthinkable’ through a curriculum that integrates mentoring, the arts and lots of camping fun. They discover in this journey from loss and grief to remembrance and healing, that they can thrive again in a changed world with a new relationship to their loved one. Camp provides a balance of fun activities and introspective grief exercises to assist families in their journey from loss and grief, to remembrance and healing. The camp’s name Ka Pilina Pulama was given to honor our island heritage. It signifies that we are connected to the land, the heavens, and each other. This sustains and holds us through the darkest nights.

What are the key elements?

  • Individual Family Way-finders: Each family is paired with a Family Way-finder who mentors and supports them to prepare for camp and accompanies them throughout the three day camp.
  • Family support groups: Through crafts and activities family members learn to grieve together and discover they are not alone.
  • Coping strategies: Facilitators model accepted psychological strategies to communicate and express grief in healthy ways. It is okay to have fun while actively grieving.
  • Memorials: Families learn to express their loss through ritual that honors their loved one and binds them together.

Family Camp 2016 – June 24-26, 2016

What does it cost?

The Camp fee is $50 per family; limited scholarships available.

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Where and when is the 2016 Camp held?

The Camp grounds are on the Hau’ula campus of the Queen Liliu’okalani Children’s Center, 53-516 Kamehameha Hwy. Camp opens on Friday, June 24 at 2:00 PM and ends on Sunday, June 26 at noon.

To contact us: Please call the Bereavement Counselor at 808-791-8093; or email us at

Hospice Hawaii is a not-for-profit Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (3) organization with a strong 35 year history of providing end-of-life care and services to Hawaii’s families. Our first camp was held in 1998 in response to a community need to strengthen bonds in grieving families. The Camp faculty is comprised of professional staff and volunteers, screened and trained by our Counseling Department.

Download the camp brochure – Ka Pilina Pulama Family Camp Brochure