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Back Inside

By Rob Chang on July 23, 2021

June 7, 2021 315 days. It has been 315 days since I was last inside. For the past 22 years I have spent a good chunk of my working days inside our state correctional facilities providing classes through their education sector. Kauaʻi Community Correctional Center. Hale Nani. Kūlani. Waiawa Correctional Facility. Womenʻs Community Correctional Center. …

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No Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i: He Aloha ‘Āina ‘Oia‘i‘o

By Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, Kaʻulakauikeaokea Krug, Kaipulaumakaniolono, and Lily Hiʻilani Kim-Dela Cruz Okimura on June 15, 2021

E ō e Hawai‘i nui Kuauli, ka moku o Keawe, E ō e Maui nui a Kama, nā hono a‘o Pi‘ilani, E ō e Kaho‘olawe, Kanaloa Moku, E ō e Lāna‘i o Ka‘ululā‘au, E ō e Moloka‘i nui a Hina, E ō e O‘ahu nui-a-Lua, Ka ‘ōnohi o nā kai ‘ewalu, E ō e Kamawaelualani, Kaua‘i …

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Blog Post?

By Rae Kuruhara on October 20, 2020

[All of these gorgeous illustrations  are by the author, and reproduced with permission and gratitude.]   It seems uncanny that the latest graphic memoir by legendary cartoonist Adrian Tomine, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, hit shelves five months into a global pandemic, a time where many of us  know a thing or two about …

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Puʻuhonua: A Closer Look at Kimi Howl Lee’s Kamaʻāina

By Lyz Soto on October 19, 2020

In July and August of 2020, we partnered with the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival for a series of events that centered Kimi Howl Lee’s short film Kamaʻāina: Child of the Land. The events and resulting discussions were thoughtful and thought provoking, matching the tenor of the film and the intention of its director. It’s always …

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The Spiral’s Path

By Julia Arnade-Colwill on September 24, 2020

The men at Hālawa Correctional Facility taught me about hope. Last summer, I found myself back home in Hawaiʻi for a brief period before I was to return to college on the East Coast. Over the past few years, I have become deeply involved in prison advocacy, particularly prison-based education, and sought something similar here. …

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