January Newsletter


Last month, I fell and broke a bone in my hand. And what a learning experience it has been!

I spent a good deal of time reminding myself of how grateful I should be. Grateful that it was my right hand since I’m left handed. Grateful that it did not require surgery. Grateful that it didn’t happen last summer when it was so hot and the cast would have been much more uncomfortable. Grateful that it did not stop me from donating blood during December. And grateful that the limitations on my activities are short term and not permanent.

That being said, I’ve also been frustrated by my limitations. I’m typing this article much more slowly and with many more typos than normal. I am tired of wearing a plastic bag on my arm in the shower and whenever it rains. And I had to pack and move all the stuff in my office without being able lift any of the boxes.

I really wish I had a heroic story to tell about how it happened. I am tired of telling friends, and even total strangers, that I tripped on a curb. It would be a much more interesting conversation if I had been injured rescuing a toddler or while sky diving

I’ve learned how people with disabilities feel when those excessively helpful souls insisted on doing things for me that I was perfectly capable of doing by myself. I gritted my teeth when a server insisted on carrying my plate and spooning out my eggs for me in a buffet line. I appreciated the woman in Long’s who said, “I was going to offer to help you get the stuff out of your cart, but I see that you can do it for yourself.”

So all I can say is, please don’t copy me. Falling is not fun and casts are not a great fashion statement. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016.



The 2016 Legislative Session is almost here! Opening Day is Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and the calendar of deadlines has now been published. The Public Access Room’s (PAR’s) 2016 Session Calendar is in an easy-to-read format, with explanations of the deadlines appearing on the second page.

This and other helpful handouts are posted on PAR’s website (LRBhawaii.org/PAR) – just go to the Information Sheets page.

As always, if you have any questions, or need assistance, please let us know!

If you would like to subscribe to PAR’s newsletter and alert list, please email par@capitol.hawaii.gov with a request to “subscribe.”


The application for Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funds has been posted, and the deadline to complete and submit them is 4:30 p.m. on January 22, 2016.

The GIA application and instructions have been posted on the Legislature's website (capitol.hawaii.gov) in the Recent Updates box that appears center screen. (You can also find them by going to the "Legislative Information" bar on the right, and then clicking on the 2016 Grant-in-Aid link.)

Wondering what Grant-in-Aid is all about? Grants may be appropriated to nonprofit and other organizations for various public purposes that are recognized as priorities and are seen as complimentary to state government functions. If they are available, they will be under consideration during the 2016 Regular Session.


Business Plan Development and More from Chaminade University

Application for Interested Organizations

The senior capstone is designed to connect students' coursework in business to the operations of a real world organization and facilitate transition from student to professional. Student teams function as consultants, with the guidance of a faculty supervisor, to analyze an organizational situation, develop recommendations, and implement an appropriate project by working with representatives from "client" community organizations.

Each team accomplishes its project, completes a project report and group process assessment, and presents its results to the client. Additionally, our consultants may offer a 'green' assessment, to promote energy efficiency and sustainability (effectually finding cost savings for the org.). Overall, these projects will ultimately help organizations to better serve the community.

Timeline for Particpation: Spring*

January 6 - Online applications from non-profit organizations are due.

Late January - non-profit organization gives students a presentation about its mission, community roots, etc.

February - April - Representative from organization is available 1-3 times per month to consult with students as they work to assess its practices/plans for HR, marketing, accounting, etc.

Late April - Organization representatives attend a formal presentation by students - a reception of the business plan or other appropriate deliverables

* Services are offered twice a year, in the spring and fall semesters
* This is a general timeline. Dates are subject to change.


Hawaii People's Fund 2016 Grants
Proposals due by 5 pm March 1

Eligibility information, guidelines, application forms HERE

If you have questions, please don't wait until the last minute:
call our office at 808-593-9969 (Honolulu).


Applications now available!

Want to make a difference in your community and help Hawai‘i's native ecosystems?

Apply for the HYCC Summer Program, appplications are due February 28th, 2016

Why be a part of HYCC Summer?
Benefits include:

  • Gain experience in conservation work
  • Help protect native ecosystems
  • Meet other young conservationists
  • Receive First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Travel to other islands to work and camp
  • Work with Federal/State/Non-Profit Conservation organizations across Hawai'i
  • Receive a $500 Volunteer Award and
  • $1,212 AmeriCorps Educational Award

Application at https://kupuhawaii.wufoo.com/forms/w1qyfl55165ww5p/


(The good, the bad, & everything in between)


  • First place $150, second place $100 and third place $50.
  • Also awarded are four “honorable mention” awards of $25 gift certificates.
  • Winners will be announced during late spring or early summer.
  • Essay winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at a date and venue TBD (to be determined) and their essays will be posted on the State Commission on Fatherhood website (note: the on-line posting of winners names will be on basis of first name and last name initial only).
  • Submission of an essay does not guarantee an award. Essay Requirements.
  • Length: between 1,000 and 1,250 words (participant contact information is not included in the total word count).
  • Spacing: Typed using double line spacing.
  • Font: 12 point font size.
  • Margins: 1 inch margins (top, bottom, left and right).
  • Page Numbering: Page numbered (upper right).
  • Your identification: Your full name must appear on every page next to the page number.
  • Text: The essay must be your own original, unpublished work and must not include any third-party copyrighted material. By entering the competition, you agree that your submission is your own work.
  • No profanity allowed.
  • Deadline: Your essay must be submitted electronically no later than 4PM on February 14, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel that includes members of the State Commission on Fatherhood.
  • Essay scoring will be based on content (content is relevant to the contest, it contains authentic thoughts and feelings, regardless of whether these are positive or negative), organization (has a clear sense of order, has supporting points), development (develops each point with specific details), and use of language (accurate word choice, no major grammatical or spelling errors).
Essay Submission Requirements
  • Essay must meet all competition requirements in order to be considered for any award.
  • Submit your entry by emailing it to fatherhood.contest.hawaii@gmail.com You also need to email a completed entry form (see link). Write SCF Essay Contest in the subject line of your email.
  • Only submissions accompanied by the completed entry form will be accepted.
  • Multiple entries are not allowed. Eligibility Criteria
  • A participant can submit only one essay for this annual contest.
  • Each participant is eligible for one award for this annual contest.



Are you ready for the 2016 legislative session? Is your voice -- and that of your members, clients and community -- being heard in the policy-making process? Join our Nonprofit Advocacy Webinar and we'll help you get started!

Friday, January 8, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. HST

Location: Your computer

Cost: HANO members: FREE; Non-members $20.

Registration: Click HERE to register.

Topics will include:

  • Why nonprofits are needed in the policy arena
  • How to prepare your organization for policy advocacy
  • Overview of Hawaii's legislative process and calendar
  • Lobbying regulations for 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Guidelines for staying nonpartisan in an election year
  • Helpful tips for making a difference in public policy

Who should attend:
This webinar is designed for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers who are new to policy advocacy or who need a "refresher" on the basics.

What is a webinar?
A webinar is a training conducted over the internet. Webinars are a way to attend training without leaving your home or office. This means anyone on any island can easily connect and attend a HANO webinar -- no need to get on a plane, just click on a link to join the conversation!


  • Lisa Maruyama, President and CEO, HANO
  • Nikki Love Kingman, Public Policy Director, HANO

Click HERE to register now.

Questions? Email Nikki Love Kingman at nlove@hano-hawaii.org


The Department of Education is beginning FREE monthly Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (YMHFA) Certification activities. The first two scheduled dates are January 6 OR February 17. March dates coming as well. Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ teaches caring adults how to help youth experiencing mental health challenges or crises. The Project HI AWARE grant will fund this event.

The training is all day long, 8 hours, 7:45-4:30. YMHFA Certification is only granted to those who attend to the end of the session.

More information is available by clicking (or cutting and pasting) the link below.


Please email Kelly_Stern@notes.k12.hi.us for further information or questions.


The fourth annual webinar series conducted by the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, will begin on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. A project of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Education Development Center, the ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health.

To prevent suicide, researchers need community and partner input in all phases of research to enable the development and dissemination of evidence-based and culturally competent interventions. This year's webinar series will explore the important factors that influence collaboration and will share real world experiences from collaborative research projects, including successes and challenges.

Each monthly webinar will be one hour and will provide an opportunity for dialogue with the webinar presenters.

The first of six webinars in the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention's (ICRC-S) 2016 webinar series will take place on Tuesday, January 12th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speakers for this webinar will be members of the Massachusetts team that attended the ICRC-S 2014 Research Training Institute, including Dr. Kimberly O'Brien and Dr. Joanna Almeida, Assistant Professors, Simmons School of Social Work (Boston), and Brandy Brooks of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program. Their collaborative research project focused on understanding the preparatory thoughts, behaviors, and decision-making processes that precipitate adolescent suicide attempts. David B. Goldston, Ph.D., Duke Child and Family Study Center Practice, Duke University, will moderate the webinar. Dr. Goldston acted as mentor to the Massachusetts team for 12 months.

To register for the January 12th webinar, visit: http://edc.adobeconnect.com/e4uh2bfa9ax/event/registration.html


The Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program, in partnership with the Leeward/Waianae SVP Community Action Team will be hosting the following training: Sex Trafficking in Hawaii: Prevention and Intervention with Dr. George Rhoades Friday, January 15, 2016 9:00am to 3:30pm The Salvation Army, Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center For Online Registration, please go to: http://go.hawaii.edu/0t This FREE training is funded by the Hawaii Department of Health Sexual Violence Prevention Program through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Rape Prevention and Education Program. The training also offers 5.0 Social Work Continuing Education contact hours through the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.


Hawai'i County Kick Off of the Start By Believing Campaign

Wednesday, January 6
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Science & Technology Building - Room 108 - Free Parking

This training is free, but please register in advance

For further information and registration form contact timothy.hansen@hawaiicounty.gov