Category Archives: Featured

Solomon Enos’ Signing Hands: The Story of the Thomas Square Mural

Solomon Enos’ Signing Hands: The Story of the Thomas Square Mural by Colin Whited Commuting downtown Honolulu, many have noticed the mural of colorful, giant-sized hands adorning the wood barriers of the Thomas Square re-construction. Those passing by frequently asked: “What is this? What does it say?” It began when the Mayor’s Office approached Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos with the opportunity to do a mural at Thomas Square. Enos, already a staple in the local art scene, gladly accepted.

In the Spotlight – Trey Balding

In the Spotlight – Trey Balding by Colin Whited For Peter “Trey” Balding, overcoming odds through self-determination and close, family bonds has been regular a theme throughout his life. Trey was born Deaf. His parents, Peter and Mary – both Punahou alums – eventually enrolled him at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind. (As his grandfather is also named Peter, he is the third one; hence, “Trey.”) With his parents’ love and high expectations, Trey flourished. He graduated

New Administrators at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind

In July 2016, Dr. Angel Ramos and Mr. Steve Laracuente were introduced as the new Principal and Vice Principal of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (HSDB), respectively. This is the first time since 1995 – over  two decades – that the school is being led by administrators who are Deaf. In Ramos and Laracuente, HSDB gets administrators who bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Deaf education. Before retiring

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland: Champion

If there is one word the Hawaii Deaf community uses to describe Hawaii Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, it is this: Champion. After deciding not to seek re-election, the 2017 session will mark the first time in 26 years that the state legislature will be without the Champion affectionately known as “Susie.” Chun Oakland’s relationship with the Deaf community is a special one. It can be traced back to her time as a student at Lanikila Elementary School, where she befriended

Hawai’i Neurotrauma Registry Project

Funded by the Hawai’i State Department of Health, the Hawai’i Neurotrauma Registry is a confidential, voluntary survey of Hawaii residents who have had a traumatic brain injury (for example, a concussion), a stroke, and/or a spinal cord injury. It does not matter when or where the injury occurred. Very little known about the needs of persons with these injuries after they happen. This valuable information will help identify needed community supports and services, educate service providers, and develop safety and prevention plans

Hawai’i Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Automated Case Management System (ACMS)

Working alongside the Hawai’i Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Pacific Disabilities Center has implemented an efficient and updated Automated Case Management System. The Automated Case Management System allows Division of Vocational Rehabilitation counselors to more efficiently and effectively serve their clients. It replaced the original system, which had become outdated.