Helping Hand

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This week on Helping Hand we have Care-A-Van Drop-In Clinic from Waikīkī Health returning, discussing their efforts on behalf of the homelessness. Their mission is especially relevant as the Aloha State grapples with the most extreme homelessness crisis in the nation per capita, which has increasingly found its way into international news reports.

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Today we continue our ongoing series within Helping Hand about the rapidly escalating rhino extinction crisis, a poaching epidemic that has reclassified the rhinoceros as among the most vulnerable animals on earth. Brutal killings of two to three animals happen every day; without immediate intervention, wild rhinos are forecast to be wiped from the planet, almost entirely due to demand for rhino horn in just two countries: Vietnam and China.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Lokelani 'Ohana, whose mission is to create socially therapeutic programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Listeners may recall when legendary entertainer Kris Kristofferson was on ATC, promoting a benefit concert he was doing for them.

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As the Aloha State continues to be the epicenter of homelessness in the United States, with the single worst homeless epidemic per capita anywhere in the country, Helping Hand welcomes back Family Promise of Hawaii, a program to help families with minor children escape homelessness. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Mary Saunders.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re returning to the topic of domestic violence and abuse in the Aloha State. We’re learning about one of the non-profits on the front lines of the issue: the Domestic Violence Action Center. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with CEO Nanci Kreidman.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about The Caregiver Foundation and the unique services they offer to the disabled, elderly and those caring for them. Saturday May 7th they have a fundraising event, A Lei of Care, at 3660 On The Rise on Wai‘alae Avenue in Honolulu 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gary Powell, their founder and Executive Director.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s returning guest Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i. This non-profit tries to address several key issues affecting women in the Aloha State, and they have a benefit fundraising Tea & Champagne Event May 16th in Honolulu. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Executive Director, Leela Bilmes Goldstein.

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This week we’re learning about Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. In addition to hearing about services they offer, we’ll also hear about their fundraiser April 27th at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Hawai‘i Legislative Director and Public Affairs Manager Laurie Field.

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about Hospice of Hilo, a nonprofit that is Medicare certified and a member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, as well as the Hawai‘i Island United Way. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with CEO Brenda Ho.

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This week on Helping Hand we hear about Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity, and how they help folks in need in Hawai‘i, in particular on the Garden Island. We’re privileged to welcome Executive Director Stephen Spears to HPR for a conversation with Honolulu All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about some of the ways the Hawai'i Red Cross is helping out folks in need across the Aloha State as part of Red Cross Month. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with returning guest Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawai’i Red Cross.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind 49th Annual Convention Saturday March 12th at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. They are the local affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Hawai‘i Association of the Blind board member Landa Phelan speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand we welcome for their first appearance on the segment Kids Hurt Too Hawai‘i, who work to help children who have been through some extremely difficult situations. HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence speaks with Kids Hurt Too Hawai‘i Executive Director Cynthia White.

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest After-School All-Stars Hawaii with President & CEO Dawn Dunbar and Program Director David Asato speaking about their afterschool programs that offer a safe environment for children to learn, as well as opportunities to integrate general education kids with those from special education and who are facing disabilities of all kinds.

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu with Mahealani Richardson, Director of Public Relations, speaking with HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence.

This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai‘i. Honolulu’s two Ronald McDonald Houses are in continual operation for families that must come to the Honolulu area seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai`i Public Relations Manager Gene Davis speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about NAMI  Hawai‘i: the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai‘i. Executive Director Kumi McDonald speaks with local HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Honolulu Habitat for Humanity in advance of their next build scheduled for February, and we also learn about a new program that helps keep people safely and affordably in their home, called Home Preservation. Hear HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speak with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Murphy.

This week on Helping Hand, hear about returning guest organization Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i with President and CEO Dennis Brown.

Helping Hand airs on All Things Considered on HPR1 Friday afternoons and tries to put the spotlight on an organization, topic or event that offers assistance to the disabled and the most vulnerable with local ATC host Dave Lawrence. 

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As Hawai’i grapples with the most devastating homeless crisis in the United States on a per capita basis, this week Helping Hand welcomes back IHS – the Institute for Human Services. Clinical Director Jerry Coffee joins HPR All Things Considered Local Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation.

    

This week Helping Hand has an appropriate returning guest – the Hawai‘i Foodbank joins us in the studio for our Christmas afternoon together. They help a staggering one in five Hawai‘i residents with food, and it’s a privilege to learn about their services, and how we can support them, with Polly Kauahi, Vice President at the Hawai’i Foodbank.

  

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about PACT Hawai’i – Parents and Children Together Hawai’i Family Service Agency. Among other things, they address domestic violence and child abuse, with counseling and a wide range of support for domestic violence batterers, victims, and child witnesses. It is a great privilege to welcome back the organization, with special guests Ryan Kusumoto, President & CEO, and Ha’aheo Mansfield, Senior VP of Programs.

    

This week we’re welcoming back a returning guest, KORE Kaua`i. Kaua`i Ocean Recreation Experience, or KORE, is designed to help both Kaua`i residents and their families who are physically challenged or special needs, to get back into the ocean with the assistance of trained professionals. Today we’re privileged to learn more about this volunteer driven, non-profit with our guest, Fire Captain in Hanalei and leader of KORE, Kurt Leong.

  

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, a non-profit that, according to their website, is home to Hawai‘i’s  only Children's Miracle Network Hospital, with our guest Celina Barrios, Director of Marketing and Philanthropy at Hawai‘i Pacific Health.

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about United Self-Help. They are a local non-profit organization whose mission, according to their website, is to promote mental health through education and mutual support. We are excited to welcome them for their first appearance on Helping Hand, with United Self-Help’s Bud Bowles.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about DCAB – the Disability and Communication Access Board, and in particular, about emergency preparedness relating to people with disabilities with our guest Debbie Jackson, Planner/ADA Coordinator, with the Disability and Communication Access Board.

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