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WEBINAR – Digital Text: A Means to Greater Literacy Development
February 28, 2018
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Free to Register – click here

This webinar will use the Zoom platform and may be accessed on computers and mobile devices that are connected to the internet. After you register, you will be emailed login instructions for the webinar.

Webinar Presenter: Jon Pennington is an innovative teacher who studies how technology can facilitate, support and enhance opportunities for learning. Jon’s primary research interests include Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and speech recognition technology. Jon has presented at numerous conferences, conducted dozens of workshops and coordinated several international student exchange programs. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i while working as the Instructional Technology Specialist at Assets School. These roles are enhanced by his position as an advisory board member of Bright Bytes, a learning analytics company dedicated to improving school’s use of technology.

Webinar Description: Digital text can be a powerful means to engage and empower learners who struggle with reading and writing skills. Today’s computers, tablets and phones provide a number of features and apps that enhance digital text to support literacy skills. In this interactive session, the presenter will demonstrate and discuss a range of digital tools and strategies that learners can use to enable greater literacy skill development.

The session will address the following strategies:

1. Choosing relevant topics with personal value

2. Creating customized digital reading and writing environments based on learner preferences

3. Using multiple tools for composition and reading

4. Increasing ways to self-monitor progress and receive quality feedback

5. Minimizing distractions and threats

The session will include a demonstration of the following digital tools:

1. Google Docs with Addons and Chrome Extensions

2. Voice Dream Reader App and Writer App

3. Be Focused App

4. Learning Ally App

5. OS Accessibility Features

Free to Register – click here

WORKSHOP: Math Learning Difficulties and Strategies

March 3, 2018 – Saturday
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wayland Baptist University Hawai’i (95-1091 Ainamakua Drive – Mililani Mauka, Oahu)

Workshop Facilitator: Eryle Okamura, B.S. Visual Science, O.D., M. Ed. has been in private practice as an optometrist since 1985. He also received specialized multisensory math training through the University of California at Berkeley and with Ron Yoshimoto, M.S.W., Fellow/AOGPE. Dr. Okamura received his Master’s in Education degree in Mathematics: Curriculum and Instruction, and has been teaching students with learning differences since 2010. He practices alongside his wife, Susan Okamura, a Certified Orton-Gillingham practitioner and a speech-language pathologist who owns Bridge the Gap academic services.

Workshop Description: Math difficulties range in severity/topic areas. Math difficulties may be further complicated by co-existing difficulties in language comprehension, affecting student ability to effectively manage word problems. In this workshop, classroom teachers, tutors and homeschool parents of children in grades 3-12 will learn strategies to help remedy some of the common math difficulties their students encounter.

Some of the most common math difficulties:

  • telling time; using devices (e.g. a ruler, a protractor, etc.) for measuring; basic numeracy
  • math operations (subtraction, multiplication and division, and their algorithms)
  • fractions, place value, integers, percent, and algebraic expressions

Workshop participants will understand:

  • critical math skills that are typically achieved during childhood
  • brain function and specific cognitive areas as they pertain to math learning
  • concepts such as visual spatial perception, working memory, processing speed, fluid reasoning

Workshop participants will also:

  • use manipulatives to practice application of strategies to help students
  • explore iPad apps that support student acquisition of math skill

Each workshop participant will receive some manipulatives to take with you and use in helping students with math learning difficulties.

Workshop Fee:

$40 (HIDA Member)

$50 (Non-Member)

CLICK to sign up for IDA/HIDA Membership

*** space limited; register early ***APPLY FOR PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
*** application deadline: February 5, 2018 ***



The International Dyslexia Association’s Annual Conference is being held this year in Atlanta, Georgia. The HIDA office will be closed November 6-11 while HIDA’s Executive Director, Margaret Higa, is attending the conference.



Register for FREE READING RESOURCE FAIR on Kauai –

Saturday • October 21, 2017 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm • Island School (3-1875 Kaumuali’i Hwy, Lihue)

  • Information/Resource Tables
  • Book Swap
  • Games/Activities
  • Dyslexia Overview
  • Tips/Strategies for children with learning differences

More info: Elizabeth Scamahorn (808-635-0006) or HIDA (808-538-7007)

Co-Sponsored by:


Register for Oahu Dyslexia Fair:

Saturday – October 7, 2017 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm – Assets School (One Ohana Nui Way, Honolulu)

8:30 – 10 am
Dyslexia 101 
Overview of what dyslexia is and types of support and help for struggling readers
10:15 – 11:30 am
Panel Discussion – Life with Dyslexia
Cole Brauer  recent UH Manoa graduate who aspires to be a trained Dula and OB/GYN
Anna Davide – a 2016 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mililani H.S. who aims to be a doctor, specializing in family practice
John Higham – graduate of Punahou and Oregon State University where he received a M.Eng. in electrical engineering
Laurie Moore – Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA, parent of a son with dyslexia and Treasurer of the HIDA Board of Directors
12 noon – 2 pm
Teaching Children with Dyslexia
Learn about the difference between the decoding and encoding processes and its impact on students with language based learning difficulties. Some basic structured literacy (multisensory structured language) teaching strategies will be shared.

Co-sponsored by:


Free Presentation on Kauai – Cognitive Overload! The Demands of the Student Writer.

In this engaging and interactive presentation, Mr. Van Cleave will use current research on writing to help attendees understand the demands confronting struggling writers.  He will emphasize working memory and the number of simultaneous demands the writing process makes on students of all ages. He will include an overview of the following components of writing: transcription skills (the motor component, spelling, and mechanics), syntax, vocabulary, oral language, text structure, and the recursive processes (revising and editing).  Throughout the presentation, Mr. Van Cleave will provide attendees with recommendations to help students improve their writing skills.

Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm    
Location: Island School – WiliWili Room
  3-1875 Kaumualii Highway (behind Kauai Community College)
Register Online:


A workshop for classroom teachers and tutors of children in grades 3-12.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: HawaiiUSA Credit Union (1226 College Walk – Honolulu)

Parking$3 @ credit union; limited – carpooling encouraged; alternate parking as available on-street and in nearby pay-to-park lots

Facilitator: William Van Cleave, M.A.


Workshop Description: More often than not, students struggle at the sentence level far more than they struggle at the paragraph level. This workshop, which is aligned with the Language section of the Common Core State Standards, will focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Participants will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers. They will examine parts of speech as a method of understanding the way words interact with each other and sentence parts as building blocks for creating different kinds of sentences. They will practice with the elements introduced and model the strategies suggested.

  • $100 Registration Fee includes lunch and workbook (Writing Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Students of All Ages)
  • REGISTER ONLINEOnline payment processing fee will be applied.
  • School Purchase Orders accepted.
  • Partial scholarships available — CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
  • Cancellation Policy: HIDA reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to insufficient number of participants. HIDA will refund the $100 registration fee paid.
  • Withdrawal Policy: A full refund of the $100 registration fee paid less a $15 processing fee will be given to those who voluntarily withdraw prior to the day of the workshop.

Join us for a FREE showing of HIDA’s talk show:


Thursday, September 7, 6-7:30 pm

Honolulu Waldorf School – Niu Hall (350 Ulua St)


  • Listen to parents as they share their family’s personal journey with dyslexia.
  • Engage in an open discussion with some of HIDA’s members, of practical tips, strategies and resources to help children with dyslexia be successful.

Attendees will receive a free copy of HIDA’s popular booklet – Tips for Parents and Families of Children with Dyslexia




HIDA will be presenting a breakout session and hosting a dyslexia information/resource table at the following LDAH Mini Conferences:

Honolulu: Saturday, August 26, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hilo: Saturday, September 9, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Maui: Thursday, September 14, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Kauai: Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

For more information: (808) 536-9684 or 1-800-533-9684

Click to Register







Join us… On The Bay!

Friday  ~ April 7, 2017  ~ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Kaneohe Yacht Club ~ 44-503 Kaneohe Bay Drive

Table Sponsorships ~ Contact Margaret Higa, Executive Director ~ (808) 538-7007 ~

Individual Tickets ~  $75 ~ Click here to purchase (online payment processing fee will be applied)

Heavy Pupu ~ One Standard Drink ~ Silent Auction ~ Lucky Prize Giveaways ~ Live Entertainment


Emcee ~ Lina Girl of Kanile’a ‘Ukulele and KRTR 96.3
Dynamic fusion of beautiful vocals and fast ukulele playing ~ Nā’ehu 
Talented young musicians ~ Kroc Youth String Orchestra

Mahalo to our corporate sponsors!

All funds raised remain in Hawai‘i to serve our local community. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
HIDA is a 501 (c) (3) organization; tax ID# 99-0238843.

Made possible by a grant from the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Location: Island School (3-1875 Kaumualii Highway)

April 8, 2017 ~ Saturday ~ 8:30-10:00 am Register:

Join others for a special showing on Kauai of HIDA’s new talk show – DYSLEXIA 101 – PARENTS: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

  • Listen to parents as they share their family’s personal journey with dyslexia.
  • Engage in an open discussion with some of HIDA’s members, of practical tips, strategies and resources to help children with dyslexia/SLD be successful.
  • Attendees will receive a free copy of HIDA’s popular booklet – Tips for Parents and Families of Children with Dyslexia

More info: or (808) 538-7007

HIDA aims to foster a greater understanding of and empathy for our child(ren) with dyslexia. In this presentation, we will present an overview of dyslexia and share practical tips, strategies and resources which are suggested to supplement appropriate instruction in Structured Literacy (aka Multisensory Structured Language-MSL) methods. Attendees will also receive a free copy of HIDA’s popular “Tips” booklet.

Note: The two event dates listed below with an * are closed to the general public.  To schedule a “Tips” presentation or other workshop for your school, parent or community group, contact HIDA’s executive director, Margaret Higa: (808) 538-7007 or

Side By Side Parent Support Group (Waikele) 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

March 8, 2017 *

Foster Grandparents (Honolulu)

May 9, 2017 *



Dyslexia Info / Resources

Visit HIDA’s table at these events.

Kapolei High School Health Fair
Thursday, March 30, 2017; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Annual SPIN Conference ^
Saturday, April 22, 2017; 8:30  am – 1:00 pm
UH Manoa Campus Center
click here for more info/register for conference

Dyslexia Simulations Workshop

Participants will rotate through learning stations with simple activities designed to give hands-on awareness of what persons with dyslexia experience every day. Activities include language-related tasks similar to those encountered in the classroom and workplace. An explanation of the aspects of dyslexia being simulated in each learning station and a brief group discussion will follow.

Armed Services YMCA (Pearl Harbor) 
Friday, March 10, 2017 **

** Note: This event is closed to the general public.  To schedule a Dyslexia Simulations Workshop or other presentation for your school, parent or community group, contact HIDA’s executive director, Margaret Higa: (808) 538-7007 or

2016 Events

In 2016, over 300 parents, teachers, tutors and others received information, resources and strategies to help struggling readers by attending the HIDA-sponsored events listed below.   All events were held on Oahu unless otherwise specified in ( ).

Schedule a presentation for your school, business, parent or community group. Contact HIDA Executive Director, Margaret Higa at or (808) 538-7007 for more information. Mahalo!

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Dyslexia 101/Overview (Kauai, Oahu)

An overview of language-based reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, and how these affect learning.

Helpful Tips and Strategies from Parents to Parents 

Practical tips and resources to support and assist children with dyslexia.

Interactive Dyslexia Simulations (Kauai, Oahu)

Simple activities designed to give a hands-on awareness of what persons with dyslexia encounter every day. While it is never possible to recreate another person’s world, we hope that this presentation provides a brief glimpse through the eyes of individuals with dyslexia.

Journey Into Dyslexia Documentary (Kauai)

The film examines the complexities of the dyslexic brain − showing how it is structured differently − and debunks myths and misconceptions about dyslexia.  The filmmakers interviewed students and adults who shared their struggles and methods of coping. 

Dyslexia Resource Fair in collaboration with Assets School

Mayor Kirk Caldwell opened the Fair by presenting his Proclamation of October 2016 as Dyslexia Awareness Month in the City & County of Honolulu. The Fair offered opportunities to interact with and ask questions of educators and parents of children with dyslexia. Breakout session topics included:  Dyslexia; MSL Instruction; Helpful Tips/Strategies from Parents to Parents; Interactive Dyslexia Simulations

Community Outreach/Resource Fairs (Hawai‘i Island, Kauai, Oahu)

HIDA-hosted dyslexia information and resource tables with “make-and-take” bookmarks for the keiki.

  • Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) Annual Conference
  • P.A.R.E.N.T.S. Resource Fair
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Hawai‘i (LDAH) Traveling Mini Conference (Hawai’i Island, Kauai, Oahu)
  • Macy’s Kapolei Charity Shopping Day

Island School Teacher In-Service Day in collaboration with Kumukela Academy of Innovative Learning (Kauai)

Instructional topics: Supporting All Learners – Accommodation vs. Remediation; Best Teaching Practices for Middle School Students Across All Content Domains

HIDA On-Air in 2016 

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! 

Click here to watch the PSA.

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

Pictured below, (Seated, L-R): Kawailehua Pakjake (HIDA Board Member); Michelle Kinimaka (HIDA Volunteer); Charles Bering (HIDA Board President); Kau’i Alapa, (HIDA Volunteer)

(Standing, L-R): Moke Ka`apana (HIDA Volunteer); Corinne Makahilahila (`Ōlelo Staff); Lina Kikuta (HIDA Volunteer); Margaret Higa (HIDA Executive Director)

Photo credit: Bethany Higa



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