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Mahalo to the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association for hosting the 41st annual Charity Walk statewide! On O’ahu, HIDA volunteers and other supporters joined executive director Margaret Higa at the May 18, 2019 walk. What a great opportunity to raise awareness of dyslexia and funds while we walked (and ate!) our way through Waikiki — mahalo!

Dyslexia Awareness Month 2018

3rd Annual Dyslexia Resource Fair
October 13, 2018
~ Co-sponsored by HIDA and Assets School~ “Dyslexia and the Evaluation Process” presented by Evie Yanagida, Ph.D.~ Showing of HIDA’s original video – “Learning to Read with Structured Literacy Instruction” followed by Q&A with experts
2nd Annual READing Resource Fair
October 3, 2018
~ Co-sponsored by HIDA and Move Me To Read
in collaboration with the Lihue Public Library~ Dyslexia Awareness Month Proclamation presented by Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. ~ Click here to read an article in The Garden Island newspaper about the event.
11th Annual LDAH* Traveling Mini Conference
September – October 2018
~ Hosted dyslexia information and resource tables in Hilo and on Kauai, Maui and Oahu~ Presented a session on islands of Kauai, Maui, Oahu: Dyslexia Fact and Fiction: A Journey to Succeed”*Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawaii
September 2018
~ Sponsored 1/2 day workshop on Kauai* for teachers and tutors: “Math Learning Difficulties and Strategies” facilitated by Eryle Okamura, B.S. Visual Science, O.D., M.Ed. ~ Presented overview of dyslexia and showing of HIDA’s original video: “Life with Dyslexia: A Panel Discussion” to Side By Side Ministry parent support group on Oahu

*Mahalo to the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation and the Atherton Family Foundation for their support!

2018῾Ōlelo Community Media O’ahu

And, that’s a wrap! Mahalo to HIDA’s talented volunteers for their work on the production of HIDA’s 3rd segment in its “Dyslexia 101” series. Stay tuned for air dates of Life with Dyslexia: A Panel Discussion.

2018 Visitor Industry Charity Walk – Oahu

Mahalo to the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association – HLTA for hosting the 40th annual Charity Walk statewide! On Oahu, HIDA volunteers and other supporters joined executive director Margaret Higa at the May 19th walk. What a great opportunity to raise awareness of dyslexia and funds while we walked (and ate!) our way through Waikiki — mahalo!

September 13, 2018 — Mahalo to HLTA and the Hawai’i Hotel Industry Foundation for another fun award event and generous grant for dyslexia awareness/outreach on O’ahu! Get your walking shoes ready and join “Team HIDA” for the 2019 Visitor Industry Charity Walk… May 18 on O’ahu — we’ll post walk registration information when it’s available.


2017 Visitor Industry Charity Walk – Oahu

Mahalo Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association – 2017 Oahu Charity Walk! At the September 22 award breakfast, Elaine Nu’uhiwa (HIDA Board Member) and Margaret Higa (HIDA Executive Director) received HIDA’s grant check from HLTA President & CEO Mufi Hannemann and the walk co-chairs.
Mahalo to HIDA’s awesome volunteers for getting up early on Saturday, May 20, to walk the 5.25 mile route in the 2017 Visitor Industry Charity Walk! Team HIDA had a great time enjoying the beautiful scenery, company and ono treats along the way! In total, 17 volunteers joined HIDA’s executive director, Margaret Higa, in walking to raise awareness of dyslexia and funds for non-profits, including HIDA

Mahalo to our 2017 Fundraising Event Corporate Sponsors!


Dyslexia Awareness Month (October 2016)

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Proclamation Ceremony at the State Capitol (PC:

Accepting the Proclamation from Governor David Ige (l-r):
Paul Singer, Head of Assets School; Charles Bering, HIDA President; Margaret Higa, HIDA Executive Director

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Volunteers from the HIDA Board & membership attended the ceremony together with families & staff from Assets School.


Dyslexia Resource Fair, Assets School – Mayor Kirk Caldwell presents Proclamation for City & County of Honolulu.


Public Awareness & Outreach – September 10, 2016

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Left: HIDA Vice President Deborah Knight enjoyed sharing information and resources with everyone who visited HIDA’s
table at the LDAH traveling mini conference. (Hilo, Big Island)

Right: HIDA Executive Director Margaret Higa was delighted with the creativity of the 80+ keiki who stopped by HIDA’s table at the Prevent Child Abuse Hawai`i Teddy Bear Drive and Family Resource Fair to “make and take” their own bookmarks! (Windward Mall, Oahu)


῾Ōlelo Community Media Oahu

Sept 8, 2016 – Awesome shoot at ‘Ōlelo Community MediaHIDA is so very fortunate to have such dedicated, passionate volunteers! Special mahalo to ‘Ōlelo Mapunapuna’s Manager, Wayne Yun (not pictured) and our tech, Corinne (standing in middle) for providing HIDA with this opportunity!

“Dyslexia 101 – Parents: Trust Your Instincts” is now airing at; search “Dyslexia 101” if the program fails to load when clicking on the link.





MHiga - Kawai August 2016


Aug 10, 2016 – That’s a wrap! HIDA Board Member

Kawai Pakjake recorded HIDA’s new PSA to air in the coming months on ῾Ōlelo Community Media (TV Channels 49, 53, 54, 55 on Oahu)…stay tuned!






P.A.C.E.* Symposium – August 27, 2016



*Parents as Advocates for Change in Education

The Brigham Young University Hawai’i School of Education hosted a one-day symposium for parents with a focus onself-awareness, self-advocacy and self-empowerment. We were honored to present a session on tips for families of children with dyslexia. Special mahalo to Dr. Barbara Hong, Associate Professor of Special Education at BYUH!







Hawai’i Education Summit – July 9, 2016

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Mahalo to Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Ige for hosting the Hawai’i Education Summit. The Summit focused on the new opportunities that the ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act – provides for a future-focused education system in Hawai’i. Among the 1,000 participants were Suzanne Skjold, Executive Director
of Hawai’i Literacy, Margaret Higa, HIDA’s Executive Director and Kawailehua Pakjake, HIDA Board Member.









Public Awareness & Outreach – June 2016


Kawai and MHiga JUne 2016








HIDA Volunteers Nicole and Bethany helped keiki make
bookmarks at HIDA’s information/resource table at the
Community Resource Fair as part of the “18th Annual
Celebrate Fathers Event” held on June 18, 2016 at Windward Mall.
Congratulations to Kawailehua Pakjake, HIDA Board Member and 1st runner-up in 2016 Mrs. Hawai’i United States Pageant!



Elizabeth Scamahorn (HIDA Board Member) and Margaret Higa (HIDA Executive Director) hosted a dyslexia presentation in Lihue, Kauai.



Mahalo to our 2016 Fundraising Event Corporate Sponsors!

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2016 Youth Art Contest Winning Entries –
“Where Reading Will Take You!”

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Adarious (11 years) Raymond (10 years) Bethany (15 years)

11 yr old Harmony 13 yr old Angelica

Harmony (11 years) Angelica (13 years)

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