Hale Mālama Team

​​​​Life’s challenges and the stress of college can be a lot to handle. We want you to know that we are here to help. We can provide individual and group counseling sessions as well as fun activities and presentations to your class or group. Call us at 808-245-8346 or email us at HMalama@hawaii.edu for more information. Students enrolled at KCC can also schedule an appointment directly on Star Balance (click here!). UH distance students who are based on Kauaʻi can contact us directly to schedule. We look forward to hearing from you! Aloha.

Brian Kohatsu Jie 'Jaye' Shen, ATR-P, MHP LaRisa Nebre, MSW

Brian Kohatsu, LCSW,CSAC, CPS
Hale Mālama Coordinator
Hale Mālama for Student Mental Health & Wellness
Mental Health Coordinator
Title IX Confidential Resource
Office location: Library(LRC) 121
Phone: 808-245-8314

Jie 'Jaye' Shen, ATR, LMHC
Registered Art Therapist & Mental Health Counselor
Office location: Library(LRC) 120
Phone: 808-245-8346

LaRisa Nebre, MSW
Non-clinical Case Manager
Library(LRC) 105
Phone: 808-245-8397
Maeve O’Donnell Pax Morgan Dobbins Lori Stitt MSW Intern
Maeve O’Donnell Pax
Sustainability & Resilience VISTA Intern
Library(LRC) 119
Morgan Dobbins
Sustainability & Resilience VISTA Intern
Library(LRC) 119

Lori Stitt
Mental Health Counseling Intern
 Library(LRC) 121

Our offices are located in the library!! (LRC 120/121/105)
To schedule an appointment on Balance, click here.

Mental Health Emergency?

If you are feeling suicidal, experiencing a mental health crisis, and require immediate assistance,  please call the National Suicide Lifeline 988 or CARES Line of Hawaii at 1-800-753-6879 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. If you require immediate help regarding domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the YWCA 24-hour line at 808-245-6362.


  • National Suicide Lifeline (also Veteran's Crisis Line) 988
  • Hawai'i CARES Suicide & Crisis Hotline 800-753-6879 
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault - YWCA Kaua'i 808-245-6362
  • Crisis Text Line - Text "HOME" to 741-741
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ) 866-488-7386 or text "START" to 678-678
  • LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564 
  • LGBT National Youth Hotline (up to age 25) 800-246-7743 

For general inquiries and assistance please email us at HMalama@hawaii.edu or call 808-245-8346.