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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.

Margaret J. Higa, MSCP
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.

Executive Director Search Announcement








Natalie Haggerty, Ph.D.

President, HIDA Board of Directors

August 12, 2022

First of all, on behalf of the Hawaiʻi Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (HIDA) Board of Directors, I’d like to thank you for your continuing support of HIDA.

For the past 37 years, HIDA has increased awareness of dyslexia in our community and provided support for people with dyslexia. It is also a year of change for HIDA; Margaret Higa, Executive Director since 2013, with HIDA for 23 years, will be transitioning to pursue other personal and professional opportunities in November 2022.

Therefore, we have formed a Search Committee and are initiating our formal search process for a new Executive Director.

Click here to read more and learn how to apply.


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