By discovering what you’re passionate about and what kind of person you want to be, you can make healthy choices and open the door to new opportunities and a bright future. This website and our associated social media sites were created as part of a campaign by Hina Mauka’s Teen CARE program. The website and campaign is funded by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division through the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (“SAPT”) Block Grant funds. Teen CARE provides substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for children and teens throughout O‘ahu and Kaua‘i. Our prevention team includes Debbie Pennuto, Creson Fujii, Angelique Johnson, Grace Holbrook, Eleni Maggiani, Colleen Fox and Nicole Benton-Hayden.
Sewing is my substance! This passion of mine didn’t start until I was an adult, but I do wish I had learned this skill as a teenager. I love the idea of making something amazing out of a few pieces of material. When I sew, I get lost in my own little world so it is a great stress reliever. One thing about sewing is you don’t have to be creative just be willing to learn and be ok with the mistakes you make because to most people they will only see masterpiece in front of them.
Traveling is my substance. Whether its places I’ve been before or new places to see, traveling is what makes me free. From picking a place, to organizing what we’ll do and seeing it all come together, it’s an excitement that comes to life. Being able to explore a new country or state, learning about different cultures, trying new foods and appreciating what is out there. But the best thing I like about traveling is that I get to do it with my family.
My substance is water. Whether it comes from the sky, the earth or the sea, water brings me joy. I love the rain, I love rivers, springs and lakes, and I love the ocean. Every time I see the sea, my heart smiles. Every morning I drink a glass of water and remind myself of all the beauty in this world. That’s how I start my day. I love water.
Reading is my substance! Growing up, reading science fiction was always a great escape to visit places with different cultures, technologies, and environments. Later, my passion for reading novels and books about Japan, Russia, and China helped widen my worldview. When I had the chance to visit some of the places I had read about, I had a rich history to draw upon from the stories I loved. Lately. I’ve been reading Terry Pratchett’s hilarious Discworld books. Reading is my substance because it shaped who I am and opened my eyes to new ideas and different worlds.
Quality time with my family is a huge part of my substance in life. In this busy world, it is easy to get lost in our own phone calls, schedules, and daily trivial tasks. We must always remember to make time for those who we treasure the most, which is why my quality time with my ohana and hanai will always be at the heart of my soul, and make up my substance.
Traveling is my substance! From planning my trips to seeing new things, I enjoy every step of the way. Traveling has been a large part of my life, as I often saw new places and had the opportunity to learn from other cultures. My favorite part about traveling is that it allows me to look at the world through a different lens. I believe that we can always learn something new, especially from those who have lived a different life. For me, traveling is an opportunity for personal growth as I continue to shift my perspective to gain a better understanding of others and the world we live in. Traveling is my substance because, without it, I would not be who I am today.
Horseback riding is my substance. My uncle has a farm and growing up I rode horses almost everyday. I loved traveling to other states for horse shows and competitions. Most of all, I enjoyed running through fields and jumping. Horses are wild and free, but also travel in packs. They don’t leave each other, and they form special bonds with humans. I worked at a horse barn in Waimanalo and everyday one of the horses would give hugs! Horse back riding was something that helped me get through many difficult times in my life and always calms me down. It’s amazing feeling protected from a wild animal and so connected with nature.
Hiking is my substance. I love being outside getting fresh air and exercise. Even if a hike is hard, the view is always worth it, especially in Hawai`i. I’m originally from Oregon, so hiking helps me to continue to feel connected to where I came from. When I’m on a hike, I feel like I can breathe and relax, and let go of worries. The only thing on my mind is taking in the view. Hiking is a big part of who I am.