Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Hooikaika?

Hooikaika brings together people with traumatic brain injury to share knowledge and experience. Our mission is to help individuals with traumatic brain injury access social services and achieve greater independence through peer mentoring. Through this process, the participants expand their support network in a safe and healthy place.

What is traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the head from an external source, such as a fall, car crash, assault or one’s head being struck by an object.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that

a TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. (http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury)

Link: What is TBI? Public Service Announcement

What are the benefits of joining Hooikaika?

  • Learn about traumatic brain injury.
  • Meet other people with traumatic brain injury and expand your support network.
  • Get help with finding and using support services.
  • Help others by sharing your knowledge and experience.

Is this a paid position?

No, this is a volunteer project.

What are the requirements to join?

  • Live on Oahu
  • 21 or older
  • Have experienced a traumatic brain injury

Can a stroke, brain tumor or brain surgery cause a traumatic brain injury?

No, these would be considered an acquired brain injury (ABI). However, it is very common to fall as a result of mobility and balance problems caused by these conditions. Falling would qualify as a traumatic brain injury.

What if I am not sure if I experienced a traumatic brain injury?

Please call us at (808) 592-5907 and explain your situation. It is not necessary to provide medical documentation of your injury. Even a minor traumatic brain injury is enough to qualify someone for this project.

How do I join?

Call (808) 592-5907 to reserve a spot at our next Orientation. At this meeting you can learn more about the project and fill out an application form. Everyone who joins the project must attend an orientation.

Who else does Hooikaika do?

Information and Referral: The Hooikaika Project staff will provide information and referral for persons with traumatic brain injury, their family members or other natural supports, and service providers. Services are confidential.

  • Call: (808) 592-5907
  • Email: hooikaika@gmail.com

Share Prevention Information: We provide information about how to prevent traumatic brain injury in high risk groups such as the elderly and student athletes.

Provide Training: For more information about our training classes, visit our training page.


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2 Responses to About

  1. Suelynn ahyuen says:

    I had a near drowning at the age of 12 while paddling canoe, I hit my head on the outrigger and was hospitalized for a couple of weeks…after that, I started to have uncontrollable seizures and multiple headaches…my grades went down and my social life crashed to zero because I’m so afraid of going out and messing up…I am 43 now and a single parent who have not been successful of anything…I have a VNS implant but that isn’t guaranteed to stop the seizures…I feel lost and no where to turn to because I feel I cannot even do well in school or keep a job…

  2. Ronald says:

    Hi Suelynn. If you live on Oahu, you could get assistance from our project. Give us a call at 592-5907.

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