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We asked community members to draw their vision of a vibrant Hawaiʻi

and share the meaning of their drawings.

Stories of hope were woven throughout every drawing.


Individual stories contributed to a larger community vision.

These are the images that inspire, guide, inform,

and hold accountable the work we do today. 


Access to Health Resources

Decreased substance use, accessible healthcare, Free access to health care, Mental health services, Substance abuse services, Preventative approach to health and social systems, Access to healthy activities


Connection, People who care/love you, Community sense of belonging and pride, Sense of belonging and purpose, Rehabilitation: Hand Up vs. Hand Out, Celebrate diversity and be inclusive, Celebrate diversity, Faith and fellowship, religion (values), Inter faith cohesiveness, Vibrant faith communities, Kau Hale (collective, collaboration, coordination), Inclusiveness: diversity of culture, Cultural awareness, Values in our core foundations, Philanthropy, Community working together, Spirit of togetherness, Sense of belonging, Honoring individuality of community, Diversity, Self-identity

Equity in Education

Access to equal education, education completion, education options and choices, building community-based schools, access to media




Perseverance/Puka Through, Confidence to break out of poverty, Uplife (Hand up vs hand outs), Recognize, utilize, action, Cultivate culture of sustainability and resilience, Inter-dependence, communication, listen to all people, needs met through coordination, Ahupuaʻa Lifestyle, Food sovereignty, Plantation village lifestyle, Feel safe in our community, Connections of institutions, Cohesive community, ownership of wellbeing, Networked services

Thriving Community

All thriving, Hopeful, Easing burden, Thriving in balance, Healthy people creates healthy place to thrive not just survive, Celebrate good things in life, Optimism, hope for future, Strong community values, Community centered, Connections and relationships, Cultural and community environment, Twelve generations looking forward, Roots, Multiple currencies/resources, Reciprocity, accountability, Place based Hawaiʻi Island values drive process solutions outcomes, Ahupuaʻa mindset, organizational framework, not about $, Innovation to the future, flexibility, Holistic management, Transportation (access to, etc.) emissions, Mindful built environment, Collective responsibility kuleana born of privilege, Shared responsibility, Harmony, Relationships can go deeper, Unity, Balance, Justice/Equity - among all strata, Growth, Happy, Honor individual strength, Together unity, Opportunity from childʻs perspective, Enjoyment

ʻĀina Based Education

Education beyond the walls, place based education, Agri/Forestry education

Access to Meaningful Work Opportunities

Pathways to Success, Ascent, Economic opportunity to all within the Hawaiian Islands, Workforce Development, Creating opportunities, Increasing access to opportunities, Economic development, Access to jobs, Access to good paying jobs, Technology access, Productivity, Meaningful work, Work opportunity, Small business development assistance, Access to capital for minorities, Entrepreneurship, Global competition (economic), Financial literacy for communities of color and women, Dynamic workforce development, Workforce development, Access to good jobs, Access to resources, Available resource, Affordability, Equality of opportunity

Circular Economies

Development of Ag industry, Sustainability, Bartering system

Get Chance

Financial literacy, Top-Funding, Faith based as a resource, Community center, Navigation, Inclusivity
Equal access to representation, No disparity, Empowerment and equity, Empowerment, Providing resources, Access to community resources/activities, Equal access to justice, Social justice

Living Aloha

Aloha, Nobody left out/behind, Faith, Hope, Love, Love without boundaries, Mindful of values - ALOHA model, Solid community support, Hawaii is a model to others, Hospitality, Laulima - Collaborative Effort
lūʻau, Community engagement, Elevate/honor host culture, Gratitude, respect, Togetherness, community mindset, giving, helping, Spirit of love, aloha, Personal and community responsibility, Sense of peace and purpose, Lōkahi (teamwork), Community as ʻohana, ʻO ke aloha ke kuleana... Responsibility and privilege, Aloha respect, kind, accountable, personal gratitude, acccepting, culture and tradition, foundation, over-arching, Aloha mindset/value, Cohesive and working together,
Love humanity

Spectrum of Housing Options that we can afford

Everyone should have a home, housing: affordable and accessible, attainable housing, housing that is "perfect" for the individual, homes that serve as safe spaces, affordable housing, access to housing, housing access to within community (reduce commute times), spectrum of housing options

Transformational Learning

Holistic education opportunities, edu-powerment, innovative education, holistic approach to education

Aloha ʻĀina

Sustainability, food production (community gardens, sustainable lifestyles), Sufficient resources for need and available to all (break silos, share, reduce duplicative effort, weave together, collective impact), Land management (utilization), Ahupuaʻa (Hyper local access to all services), ʻAina as a way of being and learning, Mālama ʻĀina, Clean accessible water, Preservation of natural resources and cultural resources, Food sustainability, Restoration of ancestral abundance, Centralized indigeneity (thriving of a people is good for all people), Healthy environment, Nurture healthy environment, Protecting resources, Clean water, Sustainability and abundance, Cultivating innovative industries, (self-sustaining), Self-sustainable economy (balanced), Reduce imports, Recycling, ʻĀina revitalizing industries, Ag Tech hydroponic, aquaculture, Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Reciprocity, Clean energy, Access to environmental upgrades, Mālama honua, Healthy environment, Ocean awareness
Environment: healthy, Accountability for our environment

Diversified Economic Sectors

Arts and community engagement, Incentive to stay and economic opportunities to thrive, Ag as key to diverse economies

Get Choice

Education (access services, availability of resources), Transportation: safe, affordable, reliable access,
Waiwai (resources) management, access to and more of, Abundance: resources, Pooling resource perspectives and possibility, Access to basic resources, services, Good, clean, fair equal access, Knowledge that access to resources exists, Access: safe shelter, healthy food, water, Duplicating opportunity across generations, Opportunities to share food resources, Access to healthy food,
Healthy food (grown, organic, etc.) in production and consumption, Whole food: non-procesed, safe, breast feeding, Healthy food, self-reliance

Quality Education

Quality education, good education, building skills and knowledge

Strong ʻOhana

Time for family, ʻohana, safety /security, Strong families, Family togetherness, House as a home, Home = safe foundation, Stability in community and family, Basic necessity, Acceptance - self-worth, Satisfaction with life, Freedom - having a choice, choosing lifestyle, Finding peace


Health and healing, recreation/balance, purpose, Quality of life (Balance in all aspects of life, Balance of home, work, spiritual, Functional fun family time, Space and time for pets, Resilient to unhealthy stress, Children are free of stress, Strong families, Safe and secure, "Trauma informed" care, Access to nature and open spaces, Outdoor activities, Free from excess, Education - caring environment for growth, Early value of literacy), mindfulness

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Vibrant Hawaiʻi strategies
are referred to as Streams. 
Streams emerge from a common source.

Streams respond to changes in the environment.

Sometimes in their response streams join in confluence -
and later they flow apart. 

Streams carve new paths forward.

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