RISE HAWAII’s (RISEHI) mission is to increase economic sustainability and cultural preservation in Hawaii by raising optimism, providing resources and creating a platform for sharing perspectives of kama`aina (those from Hawaii) creators and doers.
RISEHI aims to be an organization that aids in the development of Hawaii’s kama`aina, allowing them live and thrive economically in Hawaii and become leaders of the next generation.
RISEHI was created to combat a growing issue we have in Hawaii; the reliance on our two main industries, government and tourism, for economic opportunities and stability. This starts with educating and inspiring our keiki (children) to understand that they control their own destiny and have the ability to achieve big things.
Too often we hear the common sentiment about living in Hawaii being "too expensive", "there's not enough jobs", the only option is to "move to the mainland".
Truth is, Hawaii has an abundance of opportunity, waiting for someone, anyone, to take advantage of it. We need to teach our keiki that opportunity only discriminates against those who are not open to accepting it. Those who prefer to play it safe. Those not willing to be vulnerable. Those paralyzed by the fear of failure and criticism.
A change in culture, attitude and overall mindset is required for those growing up in Hawaii to realize that they are capable of doing extraordinary things. They are not limited to just being cogs in a wheel, subject to the demands of outsiders who take advantage of the untapped opportunity abundant here in Hawaii.
Additionally, RISEHI feels that it's important that those from Hawaii, who grew up in Hawaii, should be the ones who tell Hawaii's story. The ones who can perpetuate Hawaii’s unique culture that is so valuable to everyone who currently lives or has lived in Hawaii.
If those who have power and influence, through political and financial means, lack the awareness and devalue the importance of perpetuating Hawaii’s unique culture, our culture will see a gradual decay which is something that we see as catastrophic.
One way to avoid this is to educate our keiki and empower them with the ability to become creators, doers and leaders so they have the power to influence and perpetuate Hawaii’s culture.
To execute on its purpose, RISEHI aims to:
1) INCREASE OPTIMISM
Optimism provides hope. Hope drives ambition. Ambition leads to results.
Unfortunately, pessimism about opportunity in Hawaii is all too common. Whether it’s media driven or friendly chatter, this pessimism indirectly perpetuates an environment of ambivalence and reluctance, elements counterproductive to seizing opportunity.
Through live speaking engagements, video interviews and publications on its’ media platform, RISEHI showcases kama`aina creators & doers and allows them to share their story and knowledge. Doing so will inspire local keiki to be more open-minded and take more initiative in charting their own destiny and creating a new economic future for Hawaii.
2) PROVIDE RESOURCES:
Our long-term goal is to create a mentorship program in which we will source kama`aina creators & doers and pair them with local kids who show the ability and desire to exceed expectations in creative fields such as, photography, videography, entrepreneurship, design, journalism and web development.
There is only so much our school system can do as it is built to support the masses. Through RISEHI, we can locate and help keiki who need that next level of training and mentorship to increase their chances of future success. We will encourage all those mentored through the program, once they find success, to pay it forward and mentor other keiki in the future.