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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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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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