House Bill 1272 was signed into law by Hawai’i Governor David Ige in May of 2015, making Hawai’i the first in the country to accommodate the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing at motion picture theaters statewide by providing open captioning. The landmark law was authored by Kauai Representative James Tokioka (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao). On January 2, 2016, over 100 members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community celebrated at Ward Consolidated Theaters, commemorating this pioneering moment in
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It all began in 2008, when a sign at a local fishing supply shop caught Bowe Lani’s eye. It was an advertisement for the 1st Annual Kakaako Katching Club (KKC) tournament. Lani’s interest, however, was almost instantly overcome by self-doubt. “I was intrigued but didn’t think it was worth it,” Lani recalled. “I didn’t believe I was good enough.” Lani’s mindset began to change when his friends and regular fishing companions encouraged him to give competitions a shot. “They kept
Broadening their understanding of the complex Asia-Pacific region, 150 security and other practitioners recently completed the Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Among those taking part in this perspective-shaping course was the Center’s first cohort of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Fellows, with four in attendance. Colin Whited, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Project Specialist at the Pacific Disabilities Center, was one of the Fellows. Conducted January 25 – 29, 2016 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, APOC
It’s only been 45 years in the making. On January 17, 2016, nearly 200 members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community gathered at the Ala Moana Hotel to celebrate the announcement of the Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM). The event was also streamed live over the internet to an additional 60 additional participants (view the livestream at http://livestream.com/accounts/17037199/gem). GEM is a newly-established not-for-profit that is of, by, and for Hawai’i’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. When asked about the
Students from the Hawaiʻi School for the Deaf and the Blind were transformed into medical students for an exciting morning at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
PDC has started a website to serve as a centralized directory for Hawaii-based Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing business owners who provide services to visitors and residents, and for those businesses that offer services that assist visitors and residents who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.
Good news for Hawai‘i’s deaf and blind. Starting this year, they’ll get to enjoy a movie on the big screen with audio description and open movie captioning during at least two showings each week. What’s open captioning? When a movie uses open captioning, everyone can see the words on the screen.
Strategic and Business Plans for a Comprehensive Service Center for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Individuals
In 2014 PDC was contracted with the Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to gather feedback from a variety of stakeholders throughout the state of Hawaii.