Pacific Rim Conference 2011, April 17-19

Introduction to PacRim 2011:

Mahalo to Na Pono No Na Ohana-Partners in Development Foundation, Hawaii Centers for Independent Living, and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation-State of Hawaii,  for the opportunity to meet with and begin to develop strategies for employment and career enhancement, for native Hawaiians, persons with disabilities and others facing barriers to self-sustainable and independent living.  As we clearly see the many challenges facing the  native Hawaiian family, we identify employment and career development as a top priority, in the developmental strategies for our native Hawaiian communities.  The success of the family unit, is dependent on it’s teachers. Let us begin to teach our Kupuna and Makua to lead by learned example, as they seek to strengthen their career motives and capacities.

Dr. Robert L. Metts: The poverty reducing benefits of involving private enterprise in the formulation of disability strategies

Adversarial Relationship”, a term cited by Dr. Robert L. Metts, Associate Professor of Economics, at the University of Nevada, Reno, during his presentation at the 2011 Pacific Rim Conference. There exists a poor relationship between persons with disabilities, and private enterprise.  Although reduced, this gap remains a black hole, for those seeking employment.  Ho’olu’a is steadfast in our support of the native Hawaiian, as a disabling condition. Dr. Metts, has cited failing communication relationships between the person with a disability, and private enterprise. Whereas, Ho’olu’a is Onipa’a (to stand firm), in its belief that this gap continues to exist for the native Hawaiian.

One only need show a relationship between the continuing existence of cultural, social, economic and educational barriers facing the native Hawaiian. From within these relationships many native Hawaiians continue to fall short, of western educational standards and expectations.  When these barriers are applied to the employment and career development of the Hawaiian, like the person with an accepted disabling condition, self-sustainability fails, because of an “Adversarial Relationship”, between society and the native Hawaiian.

Discrimination and Racism stirs and supports an adversarial relationship, in all cultures. We understand this challenge, and choose to meet this challenge with continuing dialog, that will lead to greater understanding, and problem solving strategies.

Employment & Disabilities: Pacific Rim Conference 2011:

It was a last minute opportunity to attend this conference with Phillip Ana of Hawaii Centers for Independent Living, and Glenn Sawai, Vice Chairman of Ho’olu’a. But, realizing that the disabling condition of the native Hawaiian, as defined by Ho’olu’a, and how our Keiki and families are adversely impacted by the outcomes of such barriers, we opted to join the conference to learn of the most recent industry developments.

A training venue, which identifies and supports strategies for personal, familial, cultural, educational and career enhancement, is what we seek to develop, from the various strands of industry applications for persons with disabilities, at this conference.

Phillip Ana, Director of Benefits Services with the Hawaii Center of Independent Living, Glenn Sawai, Vice Chairman of Ho’olu’a, recipient of vocational rehabilitation services for more than 20 years, and Roy Brooks, Community Liaison for Na Pono No Na Ohana Family Education-Waimanalo (Partners in Development Foundation) and Employment Consultant, to persons with disabilities, have joined professions to help close the gap between persons with disabilities and private enterprise.  As Poverty continues to take its toll on our native people, we hope that diverse learning strategies can be developed from our industry collaborations.

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