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Proof Positive // Making A Five-year Dream A Reality
By Wesley Fong, President of Chinatown Community Center Association Five years ago, the Chinatown community wanted a much-needed multicultural community center and affordable senior housing,...

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Proof Positive // Volunteers Are The Key To Ronald’s House
By Jerri Chong, President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii It has been more than 27 years since Hawaii’s Ronald McDonald House opened its doors...

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Proof Positive // Nonprofits: We’re All In This Together
By Fred Frank, partner development manager for Savers It isn’t very often you see a group of nonprofit organizations working together to achieve a common...

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Proof Positive // Fellowship Enhances Leadership Skills
By Kalei Stern, director of external relations for the Omidyar Fellows program We live in a place where limited resources are a concern, but we...

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Proof Positive // Native Hawaiian Culture In Tourism
The workforce behind Hawaii’s visitor industry works hard to show aloha to those who come to our shores. Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) is an...

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Proof Positive // Preserving Hawaii’s Special History
By J. Mahealani Bernal, Queen Emma Summer Palace Coordinator During the early 1900s, historic preservation was unheard of in Hawaii. Led by Emma Dillingham, seven...

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Proof Positive // Using The Waves To Reach At-risk Youth
By Kevin Lee Fujimoto, executive director of Surfrider Spirit Sessions On a recent Saturday in-Waikiki, a teen was heard yelling, “Who needs drugs?! I’m high...

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Proof Positive // ‘Unselling’ Meth Through Awareness
By David Earles, Executive Director, Hawaii Meth Project Every time a question was asked, his hand shot up. Gradually, he slowed down a little because...

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Proof Positive // Feeding The Needy, Hungry And Homeless
By Ku‘ulei Williams, Aloha Harvest Executive Director Aloha Harvest is a small, nonprofit organization that has serviced our community for almost 15 years. Since its...

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Proof Positive // Easter Seals Provides A Lifetime Of Caring
Chaz Ching has attended Easter Seals Hawaii (ESH) Youth Enrichment Services (Y.E.S.) since age 12. After high school, Chaz continued to attend Y.E.S. because he...

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Proof Positive // ‘House Of Friendliness’ For At-risk Youths
By Punky Pletan-Cross, Hale Kipa CEO A runaway from a toxic, dysfunctional family environment; a teen struggling to keep up with his peers at school;...

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Proof Positive // Promoting Better Land Stewardship Practices
By Duane Okamoto, executive director, ORCD People don’t always pay attention to what’s going on beneath their feet, but Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council...

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Proof Positive // Giving A Helping Hand To Veterans In Need
By Darryl Vincent, U.S.VETS chief operating officer They withstand gunfire, explosions and travel to remote corners of the world, but some returning veterans don’t even...

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Proof Positive // Teaching Women New Skills To Succeed
By Sharon Gutierrez, Women In Need Marketing and PR Director Briggett lived a life of drugs and violence, leaving home at 13 only to be...

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Proof Positive // Family Programs Helps Foster Families Prosper
By Linda Santos, president and CEO Family Programs Hawaii Every child deserves a loving, nurturing family. But the reality is that when parents are unable...

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Proof Positive // Every Child Deserves A Healthy Start At Life
By Lisa Kimura, Executive Director Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Before, during and after pregnancy, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii (HMHB) is here...

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Proof Positive // Aloha For Those With Intellectual Disabilities
By Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawaii Project UNIFY Coordinator I have experienced firsthand the devastation and pain that hurtful language, such as the “R-word,” can...

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Proof Positive // Helping Families Find Quality Child Care
By Katy Chen, Executive Director (PATCH) People Attentive to Children Where can I find safe child care? How do I know if the care provider...

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Proof Positive // Building A Better Hawaii Through Girl Scouting
By Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, CEO Girl Scouts of Hawaii Helping girls realize their dreams and aspirations by developing their leadership skills and abilities is what...

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Proof Positive // Providing A Boost To Hawaii’s Nonprofits
By Arden Penton, Volta’s Director of Media and Operations After a tremendous response in 2013, we are excited to bring back our corporate giving program,...


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