Photo: Members of the Hawaii Deaf Community pose for a photo at a voter registration drive hosted on July 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the No Vote No Grumble campaign) Disinterest in political issues and low voter turnouts have long been challenges for all of Hawaii, and that includes the Deaf community. This is true in just about all places, not only Hawai’i. The Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM) believes that individuals who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deafblind should be empowered to become
Photo: Members of the Hawaii Deaf Community pose with Governor David Ige (center, in lime-green shirt) after he signed Senate Bill 2476 into law on June 30, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor) On June 30, 2016, Governor David Ige signed Senate Bill 2476 into law. The measure, authored by Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland (Senate District 13), establishes a working group tasked with examining, researching, and making recommendations regarding issues that impact early language acquisition in Deaf,
Photo: Five members (furthest right) of the Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM) Board of Directors pose for a photo alongside other honorees at the Hogan Business Plan Awards Ceremony held at Chaminade University on April 27, 2016. Standing, from left to right: Colin Whited, Kristine Pagano, Karl Mikasa, Carol Young, and Cassandra Quilit. The Hogan/American Savings Bank 7th Nonprofit Business Plan Competition announced its winners in April of 2016. Among the nonprofits honored was the Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM), for
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