December Newsletter


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of the Herdmans – 6 children who lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids.  So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.  Everyone in town predicts that it will be the worst Christmas pageant ever.

I watched dress rehearsal of this play in Alabama in November, while my brother volunteered to videotape the performance.  It was both hilarious and truly moving.

I was reminded of the bullying that youth in Hawaii consistently say is one of the most important issues that the legislature needs to address, when none of the other children in the Sunday School were willing to try out for any role that one of the Herdmans wanted.  It reminded me of my own church pageants – where I usually was an angel because I could sing, but always had to stand in the back row because the stereotype in my home town said that angels were supposed to be blond.

In the final scene when the pageant is performed, there was a magical transformation.  Mary, who had been holding the baby Jesus doll upside down and swinging it around carelessly, was transformed into a loving mother looking in awe at and caressing her baby’s face with a gentle finger. The 3 wise men decided to bring practical gifts for the baby – canned ham and cooking oil from their “Welfare Christmas Basket” – instead of frankincense and myrrh.  I was moved to tears.

Most importantly, this play reminds me that every child has promise.  It reminds me that, with the right supports and belief in them, we can help our children and youth to be the best of which they are capable.  It reminds me of why I do this work.


Hawai‘i Says NO MORE

Today, we are proud to celebrate the launch of the Hawai'i Says NO MORE PSA campaign. Joyful Heart has collaborated with 14 other organizations statewide to champion Hawai'i Says NO MORE, and we're proud to be spearheading the video, print, and outdoor PSA campaign.

Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra

Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra, will be holding a free, community concert of The Nutcracker on Wednesday, December 14th at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, on the Lanai, at 5 pm. This is the same day as the Farmers’ Market. They will be performing highlights form The Nutcracker.

In addition to all of this, they also have up to 15 different ensembles which are available to local schools, community centers, and senior communities. These are available FREE. Click here for dates and more about the program

Please contact Carolyn Hyman at (808) 380-7724 if you have any questions


The Community Mobilization Game: Engagement and Mobilization FUNdamentals

DATE:  Thursday, January 12, 2017
TIME:  10am - 4pm
WHERE:  Airport Honolulu Hotel
3401 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96819
(808) 836-0661


The Community Engagement & Mobilization Game is a highly interactive, gently competitive, and fun simulation activity to teach common skills and strategies for effective community engagement and mobilization developed by Dr. Tom Klaus.  (Trainer bio below)

The purpose of the game is to teach the fundamentals of community engagement and mobilization through a live demonstration of its core principles. The game will be interspersed with learning modules and discussions to help participants more clearly observe the principles and strategies that are emerging in the game. 

Participants in the game have given it very high marks. Here are just a few of their comments:

Come, join the fun, AND be prepared to learn together!

  Target Audience:
Any community members or organizational staff interested in learning more about community engagement and mobilization.

$25 for HYSN members.  $50 for non-members.  Lunch is included.

If you would like to attend, please click here to register

Deadline to register is January 4.  HYSN will provide airfare for 1 staff of active member agencies to attend this training.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Fonseca at or (808) 489-9549 x 2.

  Cancellation Policy:
A cancellation fee of registration amount will be charged for any cancellations within 5 business days of training date or no-shows.

Dr. Tom Klaus is a practitioner, academic, and researcher with extensive experience in children's charity, advocacy, adolescent sexual health, and faith community organizations. His expertise includes program development, testing, and replication; community engagement; coalition, collaboration, and partnership building and management; program and organizational sustainability; leadership and board development; nonprofit organizational analysis; strategy planning and nonprofit strategic management; strategic controversy management; qualitative research; and the emerging social change framework popularly known as "Collective Impact."

Tom Klaus has managed the creation, development and testing of the Roots to Fruit of Sustainable Community Change model (R2F) with a colleague, Dr. Ed Saunders, from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. The R2F model integrates the Collective Impact Five Conditions with other salient theoretical frameworks to describe a community ecosystem for producing long-term, measurable change through community engagement. 

Hawai'i Certified Peer Specialists: Modeling Mental Health Recovery Skills, Instilling Hope

Location: Queens Conference Center at 510 South Beretania Street Honolulu, HI 96813—both face-to-face and by webinar or VTC
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Cost: Free of charge
Registration: Registration is required to obtain CEs and to get a e-copy of the power point before the training.
CEUs: CEs have been obtained for licensed social workers (LSW and LCSWs), Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSACs), & Certified Health Education Specialists (CHESs) and Registered Dietitians (RDs) & Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).
Contact: Camille Cristobal at or phone: 627-5246.
Remote: VTC/VCC sites access on the neighbor islands—site selection when you register.
Access: Online access available via Scopia webinar system—(webinar directions at the bottom of this email).
Power Point: Everyone who registers in advance will get an email copy of the power point and then a certificate of completion once the evaluation feedback is done.
Lunch: No Lunch.  Brownbag--bring your own lunch if you like.
Parking: Parking on your own.  Parking validate at QCC desk available if parking in POB 1 or 2 only with pay your own $5.00 fee to exit parking lot.
Recorded: Sessions are recorded and access instructions are at the bottom of this email.

Registration Link for face-to-face:

Registration for webinar only:


Change a lifetime by getting involved in a child's life...Consider Foster Care! Families are desperately needed for teens and sibling groups, as well as Native Hawaiian families. If you are not able to take in a child, there are other ways to get involved!

Learn more about the foster care licensing process and hear from Resource Caregivers and former foster youth. You will also learn about adoption and volunteer opportunities!


Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am
Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center - Honolulu
1300 A Halona St.
Honolulu, HI  96817
To reserve your seat, call 441-1117 or go to to submit online registration.
Webinar access available from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Access Code: 153-936-197


Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Inspire Church, Waikele
94-877 Lumiaina St.
Waipahu, HI  96797
To reserve your seat, call 441-1117.
Webinar access available from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Access Code: 783-148-269