50 in 52 Journey The Videos
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Hawaii Education Matters
50 in 52 Journey interview of Deborah Berger, Jo Curran, Ann Davis, and Debbie Schatz. Like many states, Hawaii has had to make some hard decisions in terms of cuts to deal with low revenue, and like many states, they turned to furloughs as one way to help with their budgets. But when the state of Hawaii decided to institute “Furlough Fridays” and have STUDENTS furloughed for 17 days a year they didn’t count on some of their constituents fighting back. Mothers joined together and with their considerable voice decided to do something about it. After putting together rallies, and a petition signed by 4000 people they got the Governor to find the money some other way. But their mission isn’t finished, now they must make sure their kids actually do get to go back to school and continue to fight the process of legislation to ensure this never happens again. Watch this amazing video of a few of the mothers who took a stand and made a huge difference for the lives of children all over Hawaii.
Kimberly Miyazawa Frank
50 in 52 Journey interview of Kimberly Miyazawa Frank. Like many women involved in the Junior League and those the Journey has interviewed before, Kimberly is an active volunteer in her community. Watch this video and see how this passionate volunteer not only leads by example, but is showing her children and her family the values and joys of volunteering by getting them involved. Be inspired by this mom who makes the time to help her community by her actions, not just her words.
50 in 52 Journey interview with State Senator Les Ihara Jr.. Many Senators and Legislators may hold claims to being in office for long periods of time. Senator Ihara, who begins his 24th Session soon is unlikely to hold a record in that regard. What makes him stand out however, is that he is not ordinary legislator. Watch this video of a true ‘principled politician who believes in living a life of integrity while still finding ways to make things work in the ‘reality’ of politics. Meet this citizen Legislator and be inspired by his hopes and dreams for an open government for all people.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Lila Johnson. Lila works as a Health Educator for tobacco secession for the State Department of Health and also volunteers for the American Cancer Society. Although Hawaii is in the bottom 5 states in America in terms of Tobacco use, Lila is passionate about not letting their guard down. Her passion for prevention not only fuels her efforts in tobacco secession but also her volunteerism with organizations such as the American Cancer Society. Watch this video and be inspired by one woman who believes we owe it to humanity to help each other and give of ourselves in whatever way we can.
50 in 52 Journey interview of James Koshiba. Co-founder and Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii, James is passionate about the social movement they’ve begun. Based on the Hawaiian word “Kuleana”, which embodies the notion that with rights and privileges comes duty and obligation, Kanu Hawaii is building a community in which personal commitments and shared values are common grounds for taking on causes, issues and advocacy. Watch this video and learn how one man, with a small group of friends got together to discuss their world and ended up with a way to make systemic changes that have not only impacted Hawaii, but is now spreading across the world. Be inspired!
50 in 52 Journey interview of Lisa Maruama. The Journey met Lisa at the Envision Hawaii conference in which she was a moderator for one of the panels. As President and CEO of Hano Hawaii Lisa is uniting and strengthening non profits to improve the quality of life in Hawaii. Watch this video of a woman who believes non profits are playing a big part in Hawaii’s future and who is determined to help them reach their full potential and help Hawaii find new leaders amongst them.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Bobby Neuman. Nobody knows better than Bobby what the dangers of drugs are and what they can do to a persons life. A former drug user himself, Bobby is now the Executive Director of the Hawaii Narc-Anon program. Watch this video and see how this man turned his life around and now has a passion for helping kids learn the truth about drugs. With a natural ability to relate to people and children, Bobby is making a huge impact in his community, reaching kids and changing lives, moving his state and the country forward.
50 in 52 Journey interview of David Nokada. Although many people work with and volunteer for Boys and Girls Clubs throughout America, few can say, as David can, that they have been the Executive Director for thirty years. Watch this video of a selfless but passionate man who feels that his job is not about him but about helping the kids they serve. A man who’s passion for giving the boys and girls his clubs serve hope; hope for a better future, a brighter future, one with possibilities they don’t currently have. Be inspired by one man making a difference for a whole new generation of people who will become communities; a man making a difference in those communities, one kid at a time.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Pono Shim, President and CEO of Enterprise Honolulu. People who accomplish great things are often judged by their actions. In the case of Pono Shim it is his words, as well as his actions, which make him a man that people admire. Watch this video and see how this native Hawaiian is changing the way people think and act; not because he has radical new ideas, but because he recognizes that the old ideas he grew up with are still as applicable today as they were then. A natural story teller, Pono has a unique ability to see the world through a filter of ancient wisdom and beliefs that seem so simple and yet elude so many. Be inspired by this amazing and intelligent man as he shares his thoughts on how all of us can make a difference in our communities, in our country and in our world.
Aloha, Ma halo
50 in 52 Journey sits down with Pono Shim, a native Hawaiian, as he discusses the true meaning and culture behind the words Aloha, Ma halo, and Hawaii. Watch this short video and learn how these words, commonly known from those who visit the islands, actually have much deeper meanings.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Sandra Theunick. As the Head of School for one of Hawaii’s oldest school for girls, her responsibility is great. The school, founded by Queen Emma as a way to give ordinary girls an opportunity to get an education, Sandra doesn’t take her responsibilities lightly. Watch this video to see how this Head of School is ensuring that more than just Language and Arithmetic are taught to the next generations of young girls. From ensuring diversity and empowering women to making sure they see the complementarity of all the worlds religions, this is one school that believes in moving Hawaii’s communities forward by enriching their young girls with a well rounded education so that they have the choices to become whatever they choose as the community leaders of tomorrow.
50 in 52 Journey interview of Glenn Wakai. Watch this video and meet a Hawaii State Legislator who is doing something to get involved and not just seeing things from a thirty thousand foot perspective. As the President of Reach Out Pacific, Glenn is finding ways to use surplus or even wasted medical supplies and educational materials to give to people who will make good use of them. Be inspired by his passion for making a difference for people while also helping Hawaii at the same time. You’ll also be amazed at how this politician believes we can change the culture of politics to make a better America.