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Hawai‘i People's Fund Executive Director since June, 2003

This is my best job ever!
After 30+ years in public and community education, grassroots activism and organizing, social justice movements and more, I was asked to take my frontline experience and work in a supportive role. Serving this public foundation for social change allows just that.

It's challenging and rewarding work and can only be accomplished with the support of many.

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Support responsible food system employers!

More restaurants are providing healthy and locally sourced foods. More of us have demanded this and appreciate the response of food services. Some are pricey, but locally sourced edibles are working their way into even plate lunches.


All along the food chain, there are people at work. As conscious consumers, while we call for food security, we cannot ignore…


Posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:01pm

Thanks to the Banks!

UNITE/HERE Local 5 has been reaching out to connect its members, leadership with community members and community leaders for several years.

On May 19, a conference was held to look deeply at the issues that matter to all of us, to be clear about what is needed for our quality of life, to launch a new political movement.

Local 5 Secretary…


Posted on May 21, 2012 at 2:00pm

Drop the I-Word and Let Dreams Live!

Social change is inevitable, if not always what we imagine or desire. Attitudes that were widely held a few generations ago are now generally considered inconceivable and ideas currently considered to be way out on the fringe may someday be dead-center in the mainstream. Bold actions taken by a few that most of us would not choose or even understand often open the way for lasting change.



Posted on April 12, 2012 at 10:51am

Alternatives to Incarceration

Ohana Ho'opakele on Hawai'i Island has been working for years to gain acceptance of culturally appropriate alternatives to prison that can promote actual healing. Over 500 people have already signed their petition to establish pu'uhonua instead of building more prisons.

It seems this movement is picking up steam with the possible passage of a bill…


Posted on February 24, 2012 at 12:07pm

There is another America.

Writer Barbara Kingsolver on Occupy in her own Tennessee and beyond:

We have never been here before, not right here exactly, you and me together in the golden and gritty places all at once, on deadline, no fooling around this time, no longer walking politely around the dire colossus, the so-called American Way of consecrated corporate profits and crushed public compassion. There is another America.…


Posted on December 15, 2011 at 1:05pm

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Community Funds & Action!


From its earliest grantmaking, in 1972-3 into the 1990s, Hawaii People’s Fund supported community organizing in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The critical grassroots groups were Third Arm and People Against Chinatown Evictions (PACE).


Several continuous Hawaii People’s Fund constituents were part of these groups and one asked if we might help preserve more of the stories from this important period of strategic activism,


Hawaii People’s Fund worked with a UH student-intern in the spring/summer of 2016. Sonja Cookman put this article together. She met with about a dozen organizers from those days. She also scanned a number of original documents, organizational newsletters and media coverage. Hawaii People’s Fund was able to digitize a couple hundred old slides.


The original activists plan to come together to archive more of their memories. Hawaii People’s Fund hopes this article, the first source documents, and the ongoing work of the surviving organizers will help preserve the history and serve to inspire and inform continued struggles against evictions and gentrification and activism for access to health care, housing and dignity for all.

Click the title above or open the document below to read Sonjaʻs paper.


See more pictures by movement photographer, Ed Greevy, here: http://edgreevy.com/chinatown/2016/04/chinatown/


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