• Vibrant Hawaii - New Member

    September 23, 2021
    Welcome New Member  - Vibrant Hawai‘i 
    An abundant reservoir of human, social, natural, and financial capital that we contribute to and draw upon.

    We convene conversations so that all waʻa can travel toward a common goal,  build community awareness, will, and action from the foundation of our shared values, shift deficit narratives, systems, and policy that perpetuate poverty and inequity, and implement strategies that are developed and resourced by the community and reflect native intelligence.

    We envision a community where people have chances and choices.
    By Ashley Kierkiewicz and Farrah Gomes, Economy Stream Co-Chairs

    In the beginning of 2020, the Vibrant Hawaii Economy Stream convened to raise awareness of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a regional blueprint for sustainable economic growth that provides opportunities to unlock federal resources, recovery dollars and infrastructure investments. The disasters of 2018 — the Kilauea eruption, flooding, Hurricane Lane — meant significantly more economic recovery dollars were available to our region; $587 million to be exact. But were we ready for it?
    Beginning in July 2020, we engaged stakeholders across sectors and regions to learn more about six industries our community identified in their vision of a vibrant Hawaii: creative and performing arts; education; sustainable and resilient food systems; health; regenerative and community-driven tourism; and software, technology and creative media.
    After nearly a year of development, we’re sharing our community’s work — a living document that anyone can act on, and that Vibrant Hawaii core teams will hold themselves accountable to. A core principle of this work is asset-based community development: Projects are organized along the lines of what the community can do themselves, what community can do with a little help and what others — such as government, business and philanthropy — need to do.
    Continue reading this article at civilbeat.org.
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