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Increasing collaboration across sectors to promote, incubate, and scale

culturally inclusive health and wellbeing practices.


The Issue

Ma ka hana ka ʻike. #2088 By doing, one learns. 

The reality is, equitable access to resources, technology, hands-on learning opportunities, and workforce development is a challenge for many of our rural communities.

Through Vibrant Hawaiʻi we had 3D printing in our village! We are remote. We don't have electric or water, but we did it with a generator." - Kaimi Kaupiko, Kua O Ka Lā Teacher, Miloliʻi Campus

The Strategy

The Education Stream invests in learning initiatives that are centered in equity, grounded in indigenous ways of knowing, and builds a strong foundation to ensure everyone has a chance at meaningful workforce advancement. We believe that everyone has an ʻike (knowledge) to contribute toward the learning journey of another.

Through this partnership with Vibrant Hawaiʻi we have been able to extend training to over 300 people in the community and place AED's in community spaces where people gather. One of the most impactful moments of this project was when a participant told me that she saw AED's in public spaces before, but never knew she was allowed to use it." EMS Captain, Stacy Domingo

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Equitable Access To Learning

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"I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to learn a little more about computers! This is fantastic! I have plans of going back to school, getting more education, starting a nonprofit and giving back to the community." 

In January 2022, Vibrant Hawaiʻi engaged community-based instructors to distribute refurbished laptops, facilitate computer skills workshops in rural communities, and connect residents with the  Emergency Broadband Benefit. Read more >

Snapshot of Project Outcomes

  • 300 participants in a 90-day project period
  • 91% of participants either strongly agreed or agreed to being more confident using an email.
  • 78% are willing to use a computer for online health appointments.
  • 55% would use a computer to seek employment and submit an employment application online.
  • 84% are willing to participate in future online learning opportunities.

Vibrant Hawaiʻi is committed to advancing digital equity and is a proud member of the Hawaiʻi Island Digital Equity Collaborative (HIDEC), led by the County of Hawaiʻi.

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