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The Commission on Fatherhood recently introduced its logo, designed by Jonathan Zane. Designer Zane offered the meaning behind the logo. “The hand is holding or supporting the kalo, which is extremely important in Hawaiian culture because it serves as a symbol of ancestry, heritage and family as well as sustenance and life.” He continued about ...
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DHS Celebrates Our Brightest

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Main, News

The Department of Human Services filled the Hawai‘i State Capitol Auditorium with some of its brightest stars on Friday, November 4. The annual department incentive and service awards, organized by the Personnel Office, decked the often sterile room out with flowers and stars to celebrate our DHS team. Team members who served 10, 20, 30 ...
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DHS Says No More

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Main, News

The Hawai‘i Says NO MORE campaign officially unveiled on Wednesday, November 16 at the Surfjack Hotel. NO MORE is a national public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Hawai‘i Says NO MORE is the local version of this inspiring initiative, through which we challenge the mindset and behaviors that ...
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Youth panelists share their thoughts with attendees at the fair.

A Footstep to Transition

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Main, News

It was a Saturday morning, and a large classroom was packed with teary-eyed people. Normally this would conjure a somber image, but, on Oct. 22, it was a vision of inspiration – of students with disabilities, their parents and caregivers and providers inspired to grow, learn and act together. One student who presented to the ...
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HONOLULU — State of Hawai‘i departments are coming together to increase opportunities and support for the employment of people with disabilities. The agreement was announced during a ceremony today that also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the success of employees, employers, and training programs that have brought down barriers to employment for people ...
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White Cane Walk 2016

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in Main, News

During the month of October 2016, the Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) organized four walks on three islands to raise awareness of the importance of the white cane for those who are blind, deaf and blind or visually impaired. The walks garnered support and attention from across the community and even ...
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On Friday, September 23, the Department of Human Services (DHS) came together with 16 other non-profit groups and state and federal agencies to host a provider fair to connect individuals – especially those in an encampment at the Wai‘anae Small Boat Harbor – with resources. An estimated 150 people attended throughout the day. The efforts ...
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The Department of Education in partnership with community organizations and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation bring the “Footsteps to Transition” Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22 to Kaimukī High School. The free event targets middle and high school students with special needs, their families, teachers, case managers, therapists, and anyone else in these students’ circles of ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2016 White Cane Walks Raise Awareness and Empower Blind and Visually Impaired Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Ho‘opono Services for the Blind celebrates the 24th annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk across the state. Four walks taking place on three islands aim to increase the ...
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On September 1, 2016, the Department of Human Services (DHS) leadership grew. As many are aware, former Director Rachael Wong left our department at the end of August. We are sincerely grateful for her vision and leadership during her nearly two years with the department. We wish her the best of luck in all of ...
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