Family Camp

Family Camp

“The Rhythms of Life”

Hospice Hawaii’s 2016 Family Camp brought families together from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, at the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Hauula for a memorable weekend filled with fun camp activities, arts and crafts, and moving ceremonies focused around the theme, “The Rhythms of Life.” Designed to help families in the grieving and healing process, the event nourished participants’ body and soul with lots of delicious food and culminated with a symbolic butterfly release, lots of hugs, and children not wanting to say good-bye to new friends.

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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. 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.


  • 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.