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Thank you for your interest in the International Dyslexia Association Hawai‘i Branch. Hawaiian petroglyphs – ancient carvings of human spirits, symbols in lava rock – can be found throughout the islands of Hawai‘i.  Anthropologists believe that petroglyphs were used by Hawaiians as a form of written communication before missionaries introduced a formal written language.  Like anthropologists who are making headway in uncovering the meanings of petroglyphs, individuals with dyslexia can learn to interpret and process language with appropriate instruction and support. We appreciate your interest in learning more about dyslexia and the resources and strategies available to create a richer, more robust future for Hawai‘i’s children and adults who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading difficulties.

Margaret Higa
Executive Director
International Dyslexia Association
Hawai‘i Branch


The mission of the International Dyslexia Association – Hawai’i  Branch is to increase awareness of dyslexia in our community; provide support for individuals with dyslexia, their families and educators; promote teacher training; and, improve literacy for struggling readers.

Dyslexia Awareness Month 2016 Proclamations presented to HIDA by Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell (City & County of Honolulu); Proclamations were also received from Mayor Alan Arakawa (Maui County) and Mayor Bernard Carvalho (Kauai County).




During the 2016 International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference and Branch Council Meeting held in Orlando, Florida, HIDA was recognized as the Branch Excellence Award recipient for Marketing & Communications.


HIDA received the award for collaboration with ‘Ōlelo Community Media in producing a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) and a 28-minute instructional segment focused on increasing dyslexia awareness and how parents can have a significant role in early identification of and intervention for their children.

This is the first in a series of instructional segments regarding dyslexia. Future HIDA segments will focus on science-based teaching techniques, accommodations, interventions and assistive technology.

Mahalo to HIDA’s awesome volunteers for all their efforts in bringing these projects to fruition and to ῾Ōlelo Community Media for the wonderful community services they provide! 

Visit HIDA’s YouTube Channel to watch the PSA and video clips from the 28-minute segment.

Click here to watch the 28-minute segment or go to (search “Dyslexia 101” if the program fails to load when clicking on the link).


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