Dr. Kapua Beyer Cavaco

Empowering marginalized, indigenous communities and women is my passion

ALOHA, I’M DR. KAPUA!

IDENTITY & CULTURAL SENSITIVITY

I was born in Hawaiʻi, and lived parts of my childhood in Oregon and California. I am a cisgender female (she/her/hers)I am a proud māmā and daughter, of Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Caucasian ethnicity. 

I graduated from Kamehameha Schools, majored in psychology at Chapman University and studied abroad in Spain for a semester. My multicultural and third-culture-kid life experience allows me to relate to and help navigate the sometimes confusing nature of identity.

My path in life has offered me opportunities to engage with diverse people from all walks of life. I value equity and justice for Women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA communities, people with disabilities, and honor the full spectrum of neurodiversity and all bodies. I am actively working to educate and grow myself as an anti-racist, inclusive psychologist to provide culturally affirming, evidence based treatment. The issues that face these communities continue to evolve and I am committed to the lifelong work of supporting them. 

MY WHY

I love what I do! Providing therapy for me is not just a job, but it is a dance between science and art. Helping others heal is something I hold sacred and gives my life greater meaning and purpose. My hope is that you learn to live a life that is harmonious, and honors all parts of your identity, even those that may feel in conflict with one another.

MY EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY

I began as a job coach for adults with disabilities in California. I returned to Hawaiʻi and began working as a social worker. During this time, I pursued my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University, and my Doctorate of Psychology from the Hawaiʻi School of Professional Psychology. I completed an internship in Tacoma, WA at the University of Puget Sound where I created an intercultural support group for students of color. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at a group practice in Kapolei, HI. Since that time my goal has been to give back to rural, underserved, primarily Native Hawaiian communities. I worked as a psychologist at the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and most recently, the Waimānalo Health Center.

STEPS TO GETTING STARTED

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ALOHA,  I’M DR. KAPUA!

Dr. Kapua Beyer Cavaco, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY-1707

IDENTITY & CULTURAL SENSITIVITY

I was born in Hawaiʻi, and lived parts of my childhood in Oregon and California. I am a cisgender female (she/her/hers)I am a proud māmā and daughter, of Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Caucasian ethnicity. 

I graduated from Kamehameha Schools, majored in psychology at Chapman University and studied abroad in Spain for a semester. My multicultural and third-culture-kid life experience allows me to relate to and help navigate the sometimes confusing nature of identity.

My path in life has offered me opportunities to engage with diverse people from all walks of life. I value equity and justice for Women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA communities, people with disabilities, and honor the full spectrum of neurodiversity and all bodies. I am actively working to educate and grow myself as an anti-racist, inclusive psychologist to provide culturally affirming, evidence based treatment. The issues that face these communities continue to evolve and I am committed to the lifelong work of supporting them. 

MY WHY

I love what I do! Providing therapy for me is not just a job, but it is a dance between science and art. Helping others heal is something I hold sacred and gives my life greater meaning and purpose.  I am honored that my time with you on your journey, however long, will lead to transformation, gratitude, and joyful living. 

MY EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY

I began as a job coach for adults with disabilities in California. I returned to Hawaiʻi and began working as a case manager for adults with mental illness, then went on to work at a local Clubhouse. While working, I pursued my Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University and my Doctorate of Psychology from Argosy University. I completed an internship in Tacoma, WA at the University of Puget Sound where I created an intercultural support group for students of color. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at a group practice in Kapolei, HI. Since that time my goal has been to give back to rural, underserved, primarily Native Hawaiian communities. I worked as a psychologist at the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and most recently, the Waimānalo Health Center.

STEPS TO GETTING STARTED

Ready to learn more? Click below to find out who therapy is for, how it helps and steps to getting started.

Hāpuʻu Fern Logo

The spiral, or pepeʻe, slowly uncurls as the fern grows to form large sheltering fronds. 

The hāpuʻu tree fern, or cibotium glaucum, was chosen as a symbol for my practice. It is an endemic fern, known as the mother of the forest, since other seeds and spores easily grow on it. The hāpuʻu is an important understory forest plant that helps control soil erosion, providing food and shelter for animals and birds. It grows easily with adequate water but slowly, requiring patience. It needs room since it’s fronds can measure 15-20 feet tall.

Native Hawaiian wāhine used the pulu, or red-brown woolly fibers, during menstruation, which they held as sacred. Hāpuʻu is also the kinolau of Haumea, the goddess of fertility and childbirth.

I have fond memories of hiding under the hāpuʻu growing in my Tūtū’s backyard in Hōlualoa when it rained. I hope my practice is a safe place for you, while you take shelter from the elements and we make plans for whatever your journey may bring. 

The Foundation of Ahonui Psychological Services

Ahonui: patience; patient, enduring. Lit., great breath.

Ahonui was chosen in honor of our journey together. The process of therapy will require patience and perseverance. Ahonui also honors my life journey and the patience that was needed to achieve my goals, from becoming a psychologist to birthing my children.  

“Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.” —Bruce Lee

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