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Let’s ALL Go to the Movies!

Two interpreters at a movie theater for open captioining in hawaii

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

In the Spotlight: Mr. Bowe Lani

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

First-Ever Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Cohort at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (ACPSS)

  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

The Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM) – Decades in the Making

    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

New Hawaii Law: Open Movie Captioning

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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.