2:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Plenary – Forty Years Later: Is the Criminalization of Domestic Violence Working?
Vernon Viernes n was born and raised on the island of Oahu with a passion to serve and help others. With over twenty years of experience in the social work field, he has touched the lives of various individuals that come from diverse backgrounds. Vernon has worked in the field of addictions and incarceration, while primarily focusing on the Native Hawaiian family unit. He has volunteered with prison ministries; Hawaiian health groups; Camp Agape which serves children of incarcerated parents; malama aina work. His latest journey is with Pouhana O Nā Wāhine as their full-time Training and Technical Assistance Specialist.
His desire and love for the Native Hawaiian culture lead him to Malama aina work which includes growing and malama kalo/taro. Malama Haloa… Above all, Vernon believes in gratitude and guidance from his ancestors and shared, “I need to mahalo ke Akua and numerous kumu/teachers, kupuna, mentors and role models who helped me develop my abilities and gifts so that I can serve and malama communities and ka Lahui…” “Live aloha aku, aloha mai…”