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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

2016 Education Summit


Mahalo to Governor David Ige and First Lady Dawn Ige for hosting the Hawai’i Education SummitThe 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!”

11 yr old Adarious  10 yr old Raymond  HS Art 1
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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