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Proof Positive // Expanding Access To Healthy Foods
By Kasha Ho, director of communications, GreenWheel Food Hub GreenWheel Food Hub is on a mission to help Hawaii’s residents, especially those in low-income communities,...

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Proof Positive // Building Homes, Building Lives
Ernest Heanu has overcome many challenges in his journey to building the only home he will ever own. At the age of 49, Ernest –...

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Proof Positive // Professionals R.E.A.C.H. Out To Help Students
By Ross Shinyama, president, Honolulu Professionals Foundation We all know that giving is far more rewarding than receiving … But did you know it can...

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Proof Positive // Silence Won’t Finish This Fight
By Sen. Roz Baker, chairwoman, American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific board of directors When Jack was diagnosed with cancer, he wanted to know everything: treatment...

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Proof Positive // Connecting Volunteers With Opportunities
By Ryan Leong, executive director, Hands In Helping Out Hands In Helping Out started very simple. My friends and I wanted to volunteer in the...

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Proof Positive // Improving Reading And Writing Skills
By Suzanne Skjold, executive director, Hawaii Literacy “My boss gave me the number for Hawaii Literacy, but I was ashamed to ask for help,” explains...

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Proof Positive // Honoring Heritage, Embracing Diversity
By Carole Hayashino, president and executive director, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii “I am a son of immigrants, While my parents and I built up...

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Proof Positive // Helping To Create A Stronger Democracy
By Carmille Lim, executive director, Common Cause Hawaii Common Cause Hawaii is the local chapter of Common Cause, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit “watchdog” organization that...

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Proof Positive // Preventing Bullying And Suicide
By Marya Grambs, executive director, Mental Health America of Hawaii Hawaii has staggering rates of depression and suicide among our middle and high school youths....

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Proof Positive // Teaching Ocean Safety And Conservation
By Duane DeSoto, founder and CEO, Na Kama Kai Na Kama Kai (NKK) was founded in May 2008 to provide Hawaii’s keiki with access to...

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Proof Positive // Helping All Keiki Read
By Margaret Higa, executive director, Hawaii branch of the International Dyslexia Association Imagine your daughter coming home from school in tears, saying, “I’m not smart...

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Proof Positive // Serving The Elderly, Preserving Culture
By Janice Tashiro, development chairwoman, Japanese Women’s Society Foundation The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation (JWSF) was founded in 1954 through the initiative of Mrs. Haruko...

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Proof Positive // Finding And Funding Treatments For Autism
By Kent Anderson, executive director, Hawaii Autism Foundation From his early toddler years, “Keoni” related to the world differently than other kids. He would be...

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Proof Positive // Creating Good Ideas For Public Schools
By Nolan Kawano, president, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Founded in 1986, the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation (PSHF) is dedicated to creating innovative educational...

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Proof Positive // Leading Local Chefs Help Fight Hunger
By Lori Kaya, grants and communications manager, Hawaii Foodbank Hawaii Foodbank (HFB) founder John White opened our first warehouse on Sand Island Access Road in...

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Proof Positive // Improving Community Through Action
The Junior League of Honolulu is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing potential and improving communities through the effective action and leadership...

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Proof Positive // Supporting Future Culinary Professionals
By Tom Mullen, chairman, Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1998, trains and educates local culinary students by providing...

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Proof Positive // Helping Others Live Their Dreams
By Keri Shepherd, trustee, Awesome Foundation What started with a phone call from one of my favorite Realtors has turned into a yearlong adventure filled...

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Proof Positive // Working Together For The Children
By Janet Larson, Queen, Egyptian Temple No. 33, Daughters of the Nile Daughters of the Nile is a nonprofit, charitable fraternal organization for women. It...

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Proof Positive // Helping Students Reach Their Potential
By Amy Luersen, director of philanthropic services, Hawaii Community Foundation “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” -George Washington Carver Nicole...


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