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21 Questions: Pandemic Check In with a Partner

Zoom: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/8089682210

When was the last time you had a truly meaningful conversation with someone you just met? Are you open enough to try? This partner talk story session uses questions to spark meaningful interactions through conversation and understanding. You just might be surprised how good it feels to take a chance and experience an authentic conversation with someone new.

Pandemic Check in Questions https://bit.ly/pandemic-checkin-questions

Welcome! Thank you for your willingness to join this session! Here are some guidelines:

  • Make sure you login on time- if you are late, you may not be able to join since everyone will already be partnered.
  • Please enable your video and microphone.
  • You will be randomly paired with another attendee. Some groups might have 3.
  • Scroll down to see the suggested questions. Make sure you have access to these for the session.
  • Alternate asking each other the same question. Do not feel pressured to answer each question. These are guides for conversation and you are not expected to go through all questions in this session. Let the conversation flow how it will.
  • “The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each person,” the law declares. “It brings each person to the Self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, Aloha, the following unuhi laula loa (free translation) may be used.”
    • Akahai, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
    • Lōkahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
    • Olu`olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
    • Ha`aha`a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
    • Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance. 
  • In simple terms, be good to one another. Please hold the intention of Aloha when you interact with your partner(s) as well as online during the conference. Try to approach any differences in opinion with an open and curious mind, seeking for deeper understanding. 
  • When your partner is talking, focus on being present and really listening to what they are sharing with you. Try not to interrupt and make it about you and your story.
  • Feel free to PASS on answering a question if you don’t want to answer. 
  • Please be aware that if there is any indication in your answers that you might be a danger to yourself or others, we will break confidentiality to ensure safety. If your partner discloses something of concern, please let Naomi know after the session is finished.
  • Enjoy your time together! Remember to exchange contact info if you want to stay in touch or continue your session at another time.


Feb 27 2021


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 27 2021
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Zoom Meeting


  • Dr. Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka
    Dr. Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka
    Center on Disability Studies at the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - Faculty

    Center on Disability Studies at the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

    Naomi Rombaoa Tanaka, Ph.D. is a faculty member of the Center on Disability Studies at the College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is the Co-Coordinator of the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity Conference and creator of the Your Resilient Well-being topic area for the Pac Rim Innovation Celebration Day.
    Naomi’s work aims to grow the strengths of educators, families, and students. She is passionate about strengthening teams through technical as well as adaptive leadership. Her area of interest is the use of technology to increase personal well-being, resilience, and peace.
    Naomi is the author and illustrator of an award winning children’s book, Brighter, Brighter, Brighter!, which was originally created as a peace education project. Naomi holds a PhD in Learning Design and Technology and Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies from UH Mānoa and a BS in Educational Studies/Family and Community Services and MS in Early Childhood/Special Education from the University of Oregon.