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Kids Express Their Feelings Through Pictures

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By: Roger Mari

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Two oragnizations, "Kids Hurt Too", and "Project Focus Hawaii" have partnered up to help children who have lost a parent, begin the healing process in a unique way.

It's a photography program that provides children the opportunity to tell their stories through pictures. 13 kids participated, including two brothers.

Likeke and Nakeakua Nakachi-Isaacs lost their father in February.

"I miss him playing around with me and go fishing with me and we went to the fair together won't forget it ever," said 7-year-old Nakeaku Nakachi-Isaacs.

But they haven't been left alone.

"Project Focus has brought a unique perspective in terms of giving children a chance to look at who is special in their life now," said Cynthia White of "Kids Hurt Too."

The subject of Nakeakuas' photograph was his uncle. Older brother Likeke had little hesitation in his choice.

"They told us to take a picture of a special person in their life and I took a picture of my mom,"

Said 9-year-old Likeke Nakachi-Isaacs.

"It touches my heart he chose me reinforces how important i am in his life, said Mother Mililani Issacs.

Children sometimes have trouble verbalizing their thoughts when grieving over the loss of a loved one.

"Through pictures and art and other artistic variations they're able to express how they feel inside," said Mother Mililani Issacs.

They also learn that photography is more than just pointing and shooting a camera.

"They have to look for the lighting they have to know what they're looking for and how to capture their subjects personality," said Laurie Callies of "project Focus Hawaii."

During the 12-week internship, participants worked with professional photographers who left lasting impressions.

How i feel about taking the pictures is good because I might want to be a photographer when i grow up," said Likeke Nakachi-Isaacs.

Grieving will continue for a while but organizations like "Project Focus Hawaii" and "Kids Hurt Too," make it easier to move on.

The exhibit will be on display at Macy's, in Ala Moana mall until September third, and at Honolulu Hale in January of next year.

Kids Express Their Feelings Through Pictures

Two oragnizations, "Kids Hurt Too", and "Project Focus Hawaii" have partnered up to help children who have lost a parent, begin the healing process in a unique way.

It's a photography program that provides children the opportunity to tell their stories through pictures. 13 kids participated, including two brothers.

Likeke and Nakeakua Nakachi-Isaacs lost their father in February.

"I miss him playing around with me and go fishing with me and we went to the fair together won't forget it ever," said 7-year-old Nakeaku Nakachi-Isaacs.

But they haven't been left alone.

"Project Focus has brought a unique perspective in terms of giving children a chance to look at who is special in their life now," said Cynthia White of "Kids Hurt Too."

The subject of Nakeakuas' photograph was his uncle. Older brother Likeke had little hesitation in his choice.

"They told us to take a picture of a special person in their life and I took a picture of my mom,"

Said 9-year-old Likeke Nakachi-Isaacs.

"It touches my heart he chose me reinforces how important i am in his life, said Mother Mililani Issacs.

Children sometimes have trouble verbalizing their thoughts when grieving over the loss of a loved one.

"Through pictures and art and other artistic variations they're able to express how they feel inside," said Mother Mililani Issacs.

They also learn that photography is more than just pointing and shooting a camera.

"They have to look for the lighting they have to know what they're looking for and how to capture their subjects personality," said Laurie Callies of "project Focus Hawaii."

During the 12-week internship, participants worked with professional photographers who left lasting impressions.

How i feel about taking the pictures is good because I might want to be a photographer when i grow up," said Likeke Nakachi-Isaacs.

Grieving will continue for a while but organizations like "Project Focus Hawaii" and "Kids Hurt Too," make it easier to move on.

The exhibit will be on display at Macy's, in Ala Moana mall until September third, and at Honolulu Hale in January of next year.

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