Ho'opono Services for the Blind- HI GOV

Ho'opono Services for the Blind- HI GOV We provide services to blind and visually impaired residents of Hawaii. Since we are federally and state funded, most of the services we provide our consumers are free.
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01/01/2020

2019 was a great year! Looking forward to the new decade, Happy New Year from all of us at Ho`opono!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy 2020 from the staff at Ho`opono!  Pictured is our Ho`opono staff dressed in ...
12/12/2019

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy 2020 from the staff at Ho`opono! Pictured is our Ho`opono staff dressed in Christmas attire in our courtyard.

Bittersweet...last Friday, we celebrated the upcoming retirements of Debbie, our Braille Instructor, Gordon, our Woodsho...
12/12/2019

Bittersweet...last Friday, we celebrated the upcoming retirements of Debbie, our Braille Instructor, Gordon, our Woodshop Instructor and Janet, the Adjustment Section Secretary. It was great hearing all the wonderful memories from former students and staff.

They have over 60 years of service at Ho`opono. I will surely miss all three!

10/23/2019

Passing along information from Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC) on their new Music Club...

Do you like music? Do you play an instrument? If so, the ATRC Music Club for people of all abilities is the place for you!

Once each month we will gather to listen to good tunes and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. If you play an instrument, bring it for a collaborative jam session or just sit back and groove. Refreshments will be provided.

First meeting: Thursday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at ATRC (200 N. Vineyard Blvd, Honolulu 96817). Free parking.

Contact Monty at 532-7111 or [email protected] for more information.

Mahalo to everyone who came out to the State Capitol last Friday for the Oahu White Cane Walk!  Wasn't the largest as fa...
10/21/2019
Hawaii's blind community raise awareness with White Cane Safety Day walks

Mahalo to everyone who came out to the State Capitol last Friday for the Oahu White Cane Walk! Wasn't the largest as far as people attending but so many great memories. One of the best parts for me was seeing the DOE students lead the walk!

We were fortunate to have KITV who did nice segment on their Friday evening news. Mahalo Annalisa Burgos!

https://www.kitv.com/story/41203705/hawaiis-blind-community-raise-awareness-with-white-cane-safety-day-walks

More than 150 visually impaired residents of all ages and advocates for Oahu's blind community celebrated national White Cane Safety Day with a walk near the State Capitol.

10/09/2019

White Cane Walks on the Neighbor Islands...

Maui- October 15 starting at 11:00am at the State Office Building on High Street. For more information, please contact Kathleen Kenney with Aloha Independent Living Hawaii at 808 866 4690 email: [email protected]

Kauai- October 15 starting at 10:00am, State Building in Lihue and ending at the County Building. For more information, please contact Laurel Brier with DVR Kauai at 808 274-3334.

Hilo- October 25 at KTA Keawe - 321 Keawe St. Walk starts at 10:30am and ends at noon. For more information, please contact Sean Benito with the East Hawaii Lions Club at [email protected]

Spread the word!!!

Only a week and a half away from the Oahu White Cane Walk!  Shirts are in...here's a sneak peak.  It's a dark colored sh...
10/09/2019

Only a week and a half away from the Oahu White Cane Walk! Shirts are in...here's a sneak peak. It's a dark colored shirt and the only part of the design that's shown is the wording...White Cane Walk HI. You'll have to show up to see what we have in store this year.

It's so sad hearing how those in the Bahama's have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.  Here's a story about blind man wh...
09/05/2019
In Bahamas, a Blind Father Wades to Safety, His Disabled Son on His Shoulders

It's so sad hearing how those in the Bahama's have been affected by Hurricane Dorian. Here's a story about blind man who survived the devastation. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the eastern Atlantic.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/in-bahamas-a-blind-father-wades-to-safety-his-disabled-son-on-his-shoulders/ar-AAGRq2f?ocid=spartandhp#image=AAGRq2f_1|1

The roof had blown clean off. Outside, the ocean surged, swallowing the land. Brent Lowe knew he had to escape — and take his 24-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy and can’t walk, with him. But Mr. Lowe had another problem. He’s blind. So he put his grown son on his shoulders, then stepped o...

A big mahalo to David Roe, an engineer from Absher, for donating 10 Dell Monitors to Ho`opono! Pictured is our Administr...
09/03/2019

A big mahalo to David Roe, an engineer from Absher, for donating 10 Dell Monitors to Ho`opono! Pictured is our Administrator, Lea Dias, with David.

Ho`opono `ohana gathered in the auditorium today to celebrate Scott’s accomplishment. In a matter of days, our brand-new...
07/25/2019

Ho`opono `ohana gathered in the auditorium today to celebrate Scott’s accomplishment. In a matter of days, our brand-new NOMC is off to teach cane travel in Arizona. Best of luck Scott, aloha and a hui hou!!!! You make us all so proud! Scott is pictured here with Shell, his instructor. He is wearing lei.

Last week, NV Student Jamaal fulfilled his large meal requirement for PHM Class.  He made bbq brisket, roast pork, mac a...
07/01/2019

Last week, NV Student Jamaal fulfilled his large meal requirement for PHM Class. He made bbq brisket, roast pork, mac and cheese, collard greens and peach cobbler.

Great job Jamaal!!!

06/13/2019

Last night while looking through my mail, I saw the Lions Magazine from May. After skimming through the articles and pictures, on the last page I saw this...

http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?m=6639&l=1#{%22issue_id%22:%22582609%22,%22view%22:%22articleBrowser%22,%22article_id%22:%223360356%22}

A picture from last summer with our youth students on a hike in the scenic area above Camp Palehua. They are being led on a hike up a grassy hill to a sacred spot by Kawika, one of the staff.

It’s that time...summer students are back!!!  Today a former transition and New Visions student came to talk about his e...
06/04/2019

It’s that time...summer students are back!!! Today a former transition and New Visions student came to talk about his experiences on work, school, life, dating and how his blindness plays a part in all of this.

Joe McDaniels from Vispero is here presenting on the different assistive tech devices.
05/22/2019

Joe McDaniels from Vispero is here presenting on the different assistive tech devices.

It’s the last Braille Reading for the school year.  Thank you Maureen, Gensen and Jamaal for reading today!  Hearing the...
05/21/2019

It’s the last Braille Reading for the school year. Thank you Maureen, Gensen and Jamaal for reading today! Hearing the enthusiasm from the students means you all did a great job keeping them attentive to the book.

Our auditorium entrance is finally open!!!
05/21/2019

Our auditorium entrance is finally open!!!

Today, the New Visions Students went hiking on the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.  What a beautiful day!
04/19/2019

Today, the New Visions Students went hiking on the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. What a beautiful day!

Yesterday, the Lions Club of Honolulu honored its 62nd Blind Person of the Year at Spaghetti Factory.  This long standin...
04/19/2019

Yesterday, the Lions Club of Honolulu honored its 62nd Blind Person of the Year at Spaghetti Factory. This long standing award was birthed from Helen Keller's challenge to the Lions to be the Knights of the Blind.

Congratulations to Stacie Phasouk, who was selected as this year's BPOY! She is the Technology Instructor here at Ho`opono in the New Visions Program. With that, Stacie has been instrumental in the successful iPhone Club that meets once a month at Ho`opono, President of the Hahamenalima Social Group and on the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped Consumer Advisory Group.

Wanted to send out a BIG CONGRATS to Sao on his graduation from the New Visions Program!  To see his progression over th...
03/30/2019

Wanted to send out a BIG CONGRATS to Sao on his graduation from the New Visions Program! To see his progression over the his time here...it’s truly amazing.

He is a example of what we hope all of our students leave with...CONFIDENCE! He never gave up no matter what physical or mental barrier he faced. He is on the right path to returning to work.

Good luck Sao!

Today, the world celebrates the birthday of those yellow tactile blocks used by blind and visually impaired travelers.  ...
03/18/2019
How Seiichi Miyake's bumpy tiles impacted railway platforms and streets around the world

Today, the world celebrates the birthday of those yellow tactile blocks used by blind and visually impaired travelers. We don't find too many in Hawaii but I did see it a lot in Japan where the inventor was from. Check out the article...

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/18/world/seiichi-miyake-tactile-blocks-impact-trnd/index.html

Most people probably don't give a second thought to the yellow, bumpy tiles near the edge of subway platforms and urban crosswalks. But for the visually impaired, they can mean the difference between life and death.

I was reminded by a certain individual that today is his birthday.  Please help me in wishing our O&M Instructor, Shellf...
03/12/2019

I was reminded by a certain individual that today is his birthday. Please help me in wishing our O&M Instructor, Shellford Victorio Cantan Jr. a Happy 39th Birthday. Don't forget to tell him how wonderful and amazing he is...the self proclaimed humble legend.

Big Mahalo to the Hawaii Lions of District 50 for coordinating the Walk for Vision & Hearing this past weekend.  The new...
03/11/2019
Lions Club Walk benefits vision and hearing screenings at schools

Big Mahalo to the Hawaii Lions of District 50 for coordinating the Walk for Vision & Hearing this past weekend. The news featured our very own, Kyle Laconsay. Also, you can see two of our staff, Shellford & Shannon Cantan, sitting on the grass in the background.

https://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/lions-club-walk-benefits-vision-and-hearing-screenings-at-schools/1837701282

The Hawaii Lions Foundation hosted the Walk for Vision and Hearing Saturday at Ala Moana Beach Park. 

This past Friday, Ethan, a Moanalua High School student had his science project presented at the Central District Scienc...
02/11/2019

This past Friday, Ethan, a Moanalua High School student had his science project presented at the Central District Science and Engineering Fair. Ethan had reached out to Ho`opono to see if there were blind individuals who'd be willing to help him with his project.

When I first met him, I asked him why he wanted to make this project for the blind. He lives in the area and saw many of our staff and students walking. Additionally, he had a friend in elementary school who was blind.

His device, Lightweight Wearable Device to Improve Safety for the Blind, is to use in addition with a white cane. Not as a replacement which totally makes sense. There is no replacement for white cane.

Ethan's device picks up objects above the cane and then gives audio and tactile feedback to the user. It is on a belt worn at chest level. Three of our blind staff tested out the device and gave their opinion on what was good and what needed improvement. Overall it was a device that they would use.

I found out this weekend that Ethan's project qualified for the state science fair in April. Congratulations Ethan on your great work! Pictured below is Ethan with his display board and project.

01/15/2019
Architect goes blind, says he's actually gotten better at his job

With the advancements in assistive technology for the blind, jobs in the past that we unthinkable are now possible. With the right attitude and confidence, blindness is truly not a limitation. #blindnessisnotabarriertosuccess

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/architect-chris-downey-goes-blind-says-hes-actually-gotten-better-at-his-job-60-minutes/

A social worker tried to tell him about "career alternatives" after he lost his sight, but Chris Downey wasn't about to stop being an architect

The staff at Ho`opono would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  Administration- Lea, Geri, GavanCounseling-...
12/05/2018

The staff at Ho`opono would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

Administration- Lea, Geri, Gavan
Counseling- Claudia, Lorna, Fran, Wil, John, Josie, Shayla, Carol F, Carol M, Theone
Adjustment- Dean, Janet, Gordon, Debbie, Kyle, Stacie, Justin, Shellford, Shannon
Employment- Kat, MJ, Tad, Bruce, Maylene

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The New Visions Students started decorating the auditorium as well as maki...
12/01/2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The New Visions Students started decorating the auditorium as well as making homemade Braille ornaments.

Today, the Older Blind Support Group had their monthly meeting.  But it wasn't one with a guest speaker or project...nop...
12/01/2018

Today, the Older Blind Support Group had their monthly meeting. But it wasn't one with a guest speaker or project...nope, it was led by one of their very own participants, Lorraine.

The OIB members and Ho`opono Staff learned how to do different dances. After the dancing, they sang a bunch of old time songs as well. It was a festive way to start off the holiday season!

Yesterday, Laura and Shell went Christmas Tree Shopping at Home Depot.  They picked out a cool Douglas Fir which is maki...
12/01/2018

Yesterday, Laura and Shell went Christmas Tree Shopping at Home Depot. They picked out a cool Douglas Fir which is making our auditorium smell so good! Mahalo to Big Dave Eveland for the funds to purchase the tree!

Mahalo to a former New Visions Student, Micah, who presented to a diabetes education class this past Tuesday.  He spoke ...
11/30/2018

Mahalo to a former New Visions Student, Micah, who presented to a diabetes education class this past Tuesday. He spoke about his experiences growing up with diabetes and the struggles he's faced along the way. Micah was definitely an inspiration to all those in attendance as they really took to heart his message.

Another late post!  Each year, two of the New Visions Students are each tasked with baking a turkey.  This year, Daryl a...
11/30/2018

Another late post! Each year, two of the New Visions Students are each tasked with baking a turkey. This year, Daryl and Sao stepped up to the plate and delivered two turkeys with their own little twist.

So much food and so many things to be thankful for!

Last week, some of our New Visions Students and Staff went to Good Shepherd PreSchool to read Braille Books to the stude...
11/30/2018

Last week, some of our New Visions Students and Staff went to Good Shepherd PreSchool to read Braille Books to the students. Great job Marvin, Laura, Stacie and Deb!

Last week, New Visions student Laura had her Lunch in the Shade.  For those who don’t know, it’s part of the graduation ...
11/02/2018

Last week, New Visions student Laura had her Lunch in the Shade. For those who don’t know, it’s part of the graduation requirement for a student to make a 5 course buffet for 20-30 people. All those who eat must go through the buffet line and eat with sleep shades.

Laura made teri panko chicken, curry, tossed salad,rice, strawberry shortcake and iced tea! Da bugga was ono!

Great job Laura!

On October 15 & 19, White Cane Walks were held on Kauai, Maui, Big Island (Hilo) and Oahu.  The purpose of the walk is t...
11/02/2018

On October 15 & 19, White Cane Walks were held on Kauai, Maui, Big Island (Hilo) and Oahu. The purpose of the walk is to make the public aware of the white cane and its significance for a blind individuals...independence!

Mahalo to the following groups/organizations for coordinating walks on the neighbor islands...
Maui- Aloha Independent Living
Kauai- National Federation of the Blind Kauai Chapter
Hilo- Region VII Zone I Lions Clubs

Also a big thanks to Alaina for designing the shirts for our walk!

10/17/2018

Don't forget!!! Oahu White Cane Walk is this Friday October 19, State Capitol Rotunda starting at 10am and ending at Iolani Palace. Spread the word!!!

BEEEEg congrats to these two! Today our team celebrated VRS Josie making her 10-year milestone in employment with DHS. A...
10/05/2018

BEEEEg congrats to these two! Today our team celebrated VRS Josie making her 10-year milestone in employment with DHS. And Gavan, DVR’s Sustained Superior Performance awardee. You are both so awesome and we’re lucky to have you as part of our `ohana!

Late post...Congratulations Debra on completing your large meal!
09/27/2018

Late post...
Congratulations Debra on completing your large meal!

09/27/2018

Here is information on all the White Cane Walks...

October 15 – Kauai WCW, 10:00 am: Start at the Kauai State Building and end at the Lihue Civic Center. Lunch at the DougOut Snack Shop.

October 15 – Hilo WCW, 9:30 am: Gather at Lili‘uokalani Gardens.

October 15 – Maui WCW, 11:00 am: Gather outside State Office Building – High Street, Wailuku, 11:15 am: Welcome / Special Presentation, 11:45 pm: White Cane Walk, 12:30 pm: Refreshments and Information Booths.

October 19 – Oahu WCW, 9:45am: Dignitaries speak, 10:00 am: Start at the State Capitol Rotunda and end at Iolani Palace. Refreshments and snacks will follow.

White Cane Walk shirts are in!!!  Here’s a sneak peak of the back design...maroon shirts.
09/27/2018

White Cane Walk shirts are in!!! Here’s a sneak peak of the back design...maroon shirts.

Address

1901 Bachelot St
Honolulu, HI
96817

We are located in the Liliha/Nuuanu area and are easily accessible by city bus. You can either take the #4 or #13 heading mauka and get off at the Kuakini Street stop. Bachelot Street is on the mauka side of Kuakini Street.

General information

Welcome to the Ho`opono Services for the Blind Official page on Facebook! Ho`opono is a branch in the Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation specializing in services for blind and visually impaired individuals. Services provided: Vocational Rehabilitation Services, New Visions Program, Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, Low Vision Clinic, Business Enterprise/Vending Program, Transition Program, Public Outreach/Presentations COMMENT POLICY: This is a limited public forum that serves as the official page for Ho`opono Services for the Blind (Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for the Blind Branch) with the people of Hawaii and our friends outside of Hawaii. We welcome your comment on our topic or post, but please comment with “Aloha” since this page is family friendly. Please take personal responsibility for and be respectful in your comments. If your comment is deleted per the provisions below, you have the option of sending your comment by accessing the “Message” feature at the top of the Facebook main page, by sending an email that does not violate any laws, or by sending a hardcopy version of your comment to the following address: Ho`opono Services for the Blind 1901 Bachelot Street Honolulu, HI 96817 RE: Deletion of Comments. A comment that violates the Facebook‘s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities may be removed by Facebook. (http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms) For information on what Facebook allows and does not allow, read the Facebook Community Standards: (http://www.facebook.com/communitystandards) We have activated the Profanity Blocklist feature provided by Facebook. This feature will block the most commonly reported words and phrases marked as offensive by the broader community. We will delete a comment, content, or expression (“comment”) that disrupts, disturbs, impedes, is contrary to, is inappropriate for, or interferes with function of and ability of this limited public forum to fulfill its purpose, such as a comment that is: • Off-topic; • Profane or sexually explicit; • Using an offensive term that targets a specific individual(s) or groups, including a term based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation; • Invasive of a person's privacy; • A commercial solicitation or advertisement, a chain letter, or a pyramid scheme; • Containing personal information such as a driver license number, a social security number, and other information protected by law; • Disclosing any detail about an ongoing investigation or court or administrative proceeding that could prejudice the process or interfere with the rights or claims of a person or entity; • Part of or is a repetitive post copied and pasted by multiple users; • Spam or could constitute spam; and • Speech for which content-based restrictions are permitted, including incitement, obscenity, defamation, speech integral to criminal conduct, so-called “fighting words,” child pornography, fraud, true threats, and speech presenting some grave and imminent threat the Government has the power to prevent. Ho`opono Services for the Blind monitors this Facebook site actively during normal business hours from 7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Hawaii Standard Time (Hawaii State and Federal Holidays are observed). This page is subject to amendment or modification at any time. Thank you for taking the time to read this page.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:45 - 16:30
Tuesday 07:45 - 16:30
Wednesday 07:45 - 16:30
Thursday 07:45 - 16:30
Friday 07:45 - 16:30

Telephone

(808) 586-5269

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