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Proof Positive // Preserving Hawaiian Culture
By Robert Cazimero, executive director and president, Wahea Foundation When my late kumu, Maiki Aiu Lake, requested before she passed away that I teach only...

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Proof Positive // Providing Hands-on Care For Kupuna
By Jim Cone, vice president/general manager, Kupuna Concierge In the next 10 years there will be 300,000 people between the ages of 65 and 100...

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Proof Positive // Saving Energy, Promoting Awareness
By Jeff Mikulina, executive director, Blue Planet Foundation Every week, a supertanker of oil arrives in Hawaii. A supertanker can carry as much as a...

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Proof Positive // Alleviating Hunger And Poverty
By Patti Chang, CEO, and Denise Albano, president, Feed The Hunger Foundation A Laotian woman on the North Shore worked planting vegetables and flowers for...

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Proof Positive // Inspiring Ocean Stewardship
By Lindsey Kesel, communications director, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii A chance encounter with the founders of the original Sustainable Coastlines in New Zealand led executive director...

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Proof Positive // Providing Relief, Aid To People In Need
By Bob Marchant, executive director, River of Life Mission It can be overwhelming when you look at the poverty and conditions of many people on...

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Proof Positive // Supporting Parents, Improving Families
By Michele Wilson, participant coordinator, Family Hui Magdalena Petko, a former participant with parent collective Family Hui, had this to say about her experience with...

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Proof Positive // Supporting Individuals With Disabilities
By Scott Nishimoto, community outreach and advocacy specialist, Abilities Unlimited In 2008, Gary Hernando suffered a stroke. This stroke stole his eyesight, his mobility and...

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Proof Positive // Creating Connections For Change
By Francis Choe, board of directors chairman, Envision Hawaii Envision Hawaii was founded in the spring of 2003 when a group of young professionals from...

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Proof Positive // Giving Something That Means Something
By Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter Around this time every year, we buy “stuff” for friends, families and special people...

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Proof Positive // Protecting Survivors Of Domestic Violence
By Nanci Kreidman, chief executive officer, Domestic Violence Action Center Every day is an important day in the life of a survivor of domestic violence....

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Proof Positive // Battling A Silent Killer
By Mia Noguchi, advisory board member, American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has been serving Hawaii for 71 years as a nonprofit organization...

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Proof Positive // Dessert Event Helps Educate, Raises Funds
By Donna Fouts, executive director, United Cerebral Palsy Association United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) started at a local community level before it ever developed a...

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Proof Positive // Improving Quality Of Life, Bringing Hope
By Kenneth L. Zeri, president and chief professional officer, Hospice Hawaii Each day at Hospice Hawaii, we see how hospice and palliative care improve quality...

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Proof Positive // Honoring Past And Present Leaders
By Amanda Corby, John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards chairwoman John Kelly was widely known for two things: surfing and saving surf breaks. His ocean-based environmental...

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Proof Positive // Helping Nonprofits To Thrive
By Janice Gaspar, creative director, REVO Oahu Change doesn’t always have to start with a grand gesture. Sometimes, all you have to do is take...

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Proof Positive // Empowering Families And Communities
By Lisa Pakele, Keiki Steps program director, INPEACE After the tragic loss of her husband to cancer, Waianae resident Adela Cabacungan became a widow and...

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Proof Positive // Creating Lifelong Service Careers
By John Leong, executive director, Kupu Learn, Serve, Restore. That is the focus of Kupu. Kupu provides service-learning programs in Hawaii’s green jobs. These programs...

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Proof Positive // Helping To Start Valuable Friendships
By Michael McCormick, state director, Best Buddies Hawaii Best Buddies International (BBI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver at Georgetown...

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Proof Positive // Learning To Be Green With The Help Of MLC
By Pauline Sato, Executive and Program Director, Malama Learning Center As a child growing up in Hawaii, I got bit by the “green” bug, the...


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