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Mahalo for your interest in HIDA – the Hawai‘i Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. 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.

Tammy Toma
Executive Director
Hawai‘i Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (HIDA)


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

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