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btn roi calculatorWe are honored to serve so many local employers across the State of Hawaii. We want to do all we can do to continue deepening our partnership with you so that we serve you as a value-added part of your corporate culture!

The links in this section offer information and resources for our current organizational clients to help you understand how to best use and take advantage of our robust services. And remember, you can always call us at (808) 597-8222 for more information, resources, or support!

Supervisors and Managers also have their own section just for them!


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Our Robust Work/Life Services Help Your Employees Stay Productive!

When we assist your valuable employees with personal issues that trouble them, they become more present, engaged, productive employees

  • Healthcare Navigation Consulting
  • Financial Consultation
  • Legal Consultation
  • Identity Theft
  • FMCSA 2020 Review
  • Mindful Eating
  • Planning for Retirement

employees 04Employee Assistance of the Pacific offers Eldercare and Healthcare Navigation Services through Ho’okele Personal Health Navigation, LLC to most covered employees and their families. The eldercare and healthcare system can be a maze and the Ho'okele professionals can help individuals and their families with education, consultation, and referrals. It takes a village to manage a health care crisis or to help a senior to remain independent and safe in their residence as long as possible. Services include but are not limited to understanding a new diagnosis, researching insurance coverage or finding a specialist, a day care program or retirement community. When needed, the navigators can assist with end of life planning and family issues.

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In addition to providing you with free counseling through your EAP, most employers also provide you with free Financial Consultation as well.

They understand that any way they can get you started towards financial well-being will ultimately serve you as well as the employer! We can provide a free 30-minute consultation with a financial expert on a variety of topics:

  • Budgeting
  • Debt Consolidation
  • College Financial Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Taxes
  • Bankruptcy

Call us to arrange for your free Financial Consultation!

Note: Not all employer groups have this benefit. Please call us for availability.

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employees 02In addition to providing you with counseling, most employers also provide you with free legal consultation through our EAP. They understand that dealing with a legal challenge impacts both your life and your work, and want to help you!

Legal Consultation: A free 30-minute consultation with one of our network attorneys, either face-to-face or by phone, whichever you prefer. You can discuss just about any issue (other than work-related issues) confidentially. If you need additional assistance after the 30 minutes, they will also reduce their ongoing rate by 25% so this can be a tremendous cost savings!

Call us today to see about obtaining a free legal consultation!

Note: Most, but not all corporate customers have this benefit for their employees. Call us for availability.

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If you are ever a victim of Identity Theft, you can call the EAP and we will provide you with a free 60-minute consultation with a Fraud Resolution Counselor.

In the event of an identity theft or fraud-related event, our Fraud Resolution Specialists can help you with seven emergency response activities:

  1. You can receive a Uniform ID Theft Affidavit and get answers to your questions about how to complete it and where to submit it.ID Theft smaller
  2. You can receive fraudulent account forms or letters for itemizing each fraudulent occurrence and advice on where to submit them.
  3. You can be directed where to report the fraudulent activity and how to notify the local and federal authorities, as well as your creditors' fraud departments.
  4. You can obtain the contact information for the three major Credit Reporting Agencies, and advice on how to obtain a free copy of your credit report now.
  5. You can receive information on how to place a "Fraud Alert" and/or "Security/Credit Freeze" on your credit file.
  6. You can receive an ID Theft Emergency Response Kit including contact information and preventative steps to take immediately.
  7. You can be informed and educated about how ID Theft occurs and informed about protective measures to take to avoid further ID Theft occurences and resulting damage to your credit history and credit score.

Call us today to see about obtaining a free Identity Theft consultation!

Note: Most, but not all corporate customers have this benefit for their employees. Call us for availability. For most covered employees, one hour of Identity Theft Consultation may be exchanged for one hour of your counseling benefit.

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The link on the right allows you to enter an email address to scan for potential vulnerability. You can see if your personal or work email addresses have been breached. This scan will also verify what personal information may have been connected with the breach. You can check multiple email addresses for compromised data.

download breach scan flyer imageIf you need additional support to prevent identity theft before it strikes, employees covered by EAP can purchase Premium Protection for 25% off. These services include 24/7 credit and identity theft monitoring, theft insurance, credit reports and scores, and alert notifications. 

[Please note that these additional services are not covered by your EAP and only provided as a discounted option for those who may be interested in these services.]









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Click for our ID Theft Introductory Webinar (Nov. 2020)

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Article by Vali Hawkins Mitchell, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, CEAP

Mindfulness Simply Means Paying Attention.


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1. Always stop first and take a moment to look at your food before you just dive in.
2. You are THERE eating it.
3. Be present and accounted for before you even pick up your fork, spoon, or chopsticks.
4. Check off something on this list once a week to change your “mind."



Make eating fun, get creative.


Find your own voice.


Take slightly smaller portions.


Notice personal food danger zones and danger foods.


Ask for help.


Don’t wait too long to eat and don’t stay hungry.


Ask: Is it cooked in a healthy way?


Don’t feel sorry for the bread, even though it got eaten.


Discover a new recipe.


Share dinners from the middle of the table.


Share a meal with someone.


Ask: Is this my normal and am I happy with it?


Slow down. Take a breath.


Keep going because you can’t nail it 100%, 100% of the time.


Put down the fork between bites.


“No thanks” can be the right answer.


Drink some extra water.


Find support meetings, positive friends.


Remind yourself: feelings aren’t food.


Mark even small accomplishments as victories.


Pay attention gently.


Master your own home, kitchen, refrigerator.


Do excellent self-care.


Say “No” inside the store not after you leave.


Rearrange your meal environment.


Walk away from it and it will still be there for a better time.


Take small steps to your goal.


You are ultimately accountable for your own support.


Change what you are used to.


You are ultimately accountable for your own victory celebration.


Do a micro-size exercise today.


Be willing to live inside the solution.


Create safe spaces to eat.


Don’t panic, call a friend.


Sip on liquids.


Remind yourself: life has its ups and downs, you’ve got this!

  Walk, breathe, feel,’s enough.  

If someone tries to force you to eat, they might be a “Food Terrorist.”

  Do something else.  

Take direct authority of your own life and what you eat and when.

  Avoid distractions and enjoy your food times.  

Repeat to yourself: it isn’t always what you eat, but also where, how, and when you eat.

  Pay attention to be a mindful eater.  

Ask: Are you just eating your feelings instead of dealing with them?

  Ask: What kind of thinking got you here?  

Ask: What are the origins of any eating emergency?

  Keep moving forward without guilt or shame.  

Ask: What would your meal-time look like if it was a movie?

  Make yourself a top priority.  

Ask: Is your stomach 20 minutes ahead or 20 minutes behind your brain?

  Ask: Are you all in? Are you willing?  

Practice elegance and style. Use fancy plates and glasses.

  Ask: Is this what you want to do now?  

Don’t quit now if you missed a turn at mile 98 of a 100 mile trip!

  Gently stop the chain-reaction before a mindless binge.  

Do something you’ve never done to be who you want to be.

  Take a deep breath first, not a sad sigh after you eat.  

Only fall off your healthy food plan for something that is totally unique and fabulous.

  Focus on your progress, not (false) perfection.  

Simply make a course correction if you go a bit off track.

  Ask: What reminds you to be active?  

Take a small portion and enjoy. Unique and fabulous aren’t reasons to eat mindlessly.

  If you go a bit off track simply make a course correction.  

Ask yourself: Were things easier when you ignored your wisdom and ate anyway?

  Ask: Are you willing to challenge yourself?  

You deserve as many second chances as you need.

  Ask: What’s holding you back?  

Ask: What or who do you love more than eating?

  Ask: Was it ever easier to not do what you know is right?  

Beware negative self-talk and listen to different and positive voices only.

  Ask: What or who do you love more than eating?  

Break the chain of your eating habits a little at a time.

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© Vali Hawkins Mitchell, 2020

Vali J. Hawkins Mitchell, Ph.D., LMHC, REAT, CEAP is a co-owner and General Partner at Employee Assistance of the Pacific. She has a Doctorate in Health Education, an M.S. in Applied Psychology, and another M.S. in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is a highly regarded public speaker, trainer, author, consultant, award-winning artist, and well-published author. For more about Dr. Vali’s books, go to

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iStock 000001227664 SmallHow time flies... You’ve been doing the same thing for a long time. Now what? Retire? What does that even mean? Usually what it means is “stopping work.” But there is much more to it than just going home and putting up your feet at last. Like any major life transition, retirement evolves better with planning.

That means more than just figuring out the financial side of whether or not you can afford to stop working. Retirement can span decades. What do you want to do? What is your second act going to look like?

Research shows that adjusting to retirement can be difficult. Feelings of boredom, anxiety, restlessness and uselessness can eat up the fantasy of the well-deserved easy life.

One way to consider retirement in a positive light is to change your image of what it means. Instead of thinking it is the “end” of work, think of it as a “career change” and apply the same methods to planning for it as you would a new job. What are your skills, aptitudes, preferences, energies, environments, social and emotional needs? Use whatever skills you have had as a worker to apply to navigating and planning your post-work life. Who do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? Start creating that person now.


Consider these topics as a place to start your plan for retirement:

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  • What do you want to do, rather than "need" to do? 
  • Enhance your Support System: Connect to old friends and make new connections, learn how to use social media and technologies.
  • Reclaim or start a Hobby: Increase one you love or find new ones.
  • Schedule Entertainment: Plan your play time.
  • Find Meaning: Reclaim and refresh what gives you purpose and meaning.
  • Communicate: Talk it up, plan ahead with partners.



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      • Rediscover how to play.
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  1. If you’re married, include your spouse in all phases of your retirement planning. Plan to enhance your marriage. Remember, you’ll be spending more time together. It’s important, though, that you and your spouse both maintain lives of your own.
  2. Be optimistic about your future; focus on the rewards of retirement.
  3. Plan to maintain your self-esteem by staying useful.
  4. Become involved in several leisure activities. If you don’t like one, you’ll have others to fall back on.
  5. Get the pros and cons of any retirement decision and weigh them carefully before choosing.
  6. Don’t be disappointed if some of your decisions don’t work out quite the way you hoped they would. Play it safe; always leave yourself a way out or a fallback position.
  7. Don’t put all your financial eggs in one basket. Consider renting a new home before selling your current residence or buying a new one.
  8. Start now to save for retirement. It’s never too soon, and it doesn’t hurt to discipline yourself to live on less.
  9. Last, and most important of all, work actively at maintaining or even improving your health. Plan a program of exercise that appeals to you and practice proper nutrition.


Now ask yourself these questions, based on ones that psychotherapist Tessa Albert Warschaw devised ( Your answers to these questions can help you judge how prepared you are. If you don’t know the answers, consider them a good place to start:

  1. What will you miss from work? The challenges? The social life? Your authority? 
  2. Will not working make you feel less vital? 
  3. Do you have an agenda for filling your time with your choice of hobbies and interests? 
  4. What will make yourise each day as excited as you were at the high points of your career? adult playing with bubbles
  5. What ambitions are you waiting to fulfill? 
  6. How do you think your being around the home more will affect your partner, if you have one? What does your partner think? 
  7. To what extent will you be in service to other family members once you retire? How do you feel about this? 
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Here are some additional resources for you to explore:

And if you would like to reach out for some neutral support, call your EAP. We can help in a variety of ways:

    • Seeing a counselor/coach can help you plan, evaluate options, and make any pre-retirement changes you want to make so that the transition is easier. Making sure you are psychologically ready for retirement is key!
    • A free 30-minute consultation with an EAP financial expert can help you with pre-retirement planning. Examples include:
      • Pre-Retirement Analysis: An analysis of your retirement goals to see if you have a proper savings plan in place to reach these goals. Clear action steps can be provided to help you with savings or investment strategies.
      • 401(k) Analysis: Reviewing your current contributions and the investment choices you are utilizing. Clear next steps to evaluate investment options within a plan and/or determining if your savings or pace of savings is in line with retirement goals.
      • General Financial Coaching is available on budgeting, credit issues, insurance buying strategies, Medicaid and Medicare, reverse mortgages, social security benefits, tax issues, etc.
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