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hawaiʻi appleseed presents


Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 5:30PM

Downtown Honolulu

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Artists for Appleseed is Hawaiʻi Appleseed's annual fundraiser where we feature a diverse collection of artwork for sale from local artists who are dedicated supporters of our mission. Each artist is dedicating a portion of their sales toward our work to build a socially and economically just Hawaiʻi. 
We are pleased to welcome back over 30 local artists to our in-person event this May. We are also excited to recognize 3 honorees who have made tremendous contributions in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Recent yearsand the last couple of monthshave highlighted the importance of People First, our theme for this year's event. At its core, that’s what our work is about, and that is why our efforts remain focused on the areas most critical to preserving the strength and stability of Hawaiʻi’s people, families, and communities. When our government, institutions, and systems put People First, we can achieve great things. We are excited to celebrate with our advocates and supporters at this year's Artists for Appleseed.


For more than 17 years, Hawaiʻi Appleseed has been working to build a Hawaiʻi where everyone has opportunities to achieve economic security and self-determination. Our work is about people and the systems that affect them. The issues we address—housing, food, wages, state spending and taxation, and racial and indigenous equity—are important because they ensure people have access to shelter, sustenance, and the means to survive and thrive individually and collectively.

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Voices for the people: Hawaiʻi Clubhouse advocacy coalition


The Hawaiʻi Clubhouse Advocacy Coalition is a psychosocial rehabilitation program for adults who experience the challenges of mental illness. During the pandemic, coalition members met with over 20 legislators to advocate for residents with mental illness to act as vendors for various state of Hawaii facilities. Today, they’re hitting the pavement and advocating for a higher minimum wage. This Coalition demonstrates the power of leadership development and advocacy for people with mental illness, using their voices to make changes in policy. The members’ commitment, hard work and passion for what they do and for the skills that they continue to develop is inspirational. Their very engagement in this Coalition not only improves their own mental health, but also provides hope and encouragement to others who live with mental illness.

Outstanding leader: papa ola lokahi

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Papa Ola Lokahi is working to advance health equity for the Native Hawaiian community and has been an important thought partner in helping to improve Hawaiʻi’s data policy and systems to better serve Native Hawaiians. In 2020, Hawaiʻi Appleseed collaborated with Papa Ola Lokahi on Data Justice: About Us, By Us, For Us, a report highlighting the importance of data disaggregation in state and federal programs to better understand the needs of Native Hawaiian communities. Papa Ola Lokahi is a critical catalyst in building a Hawaiʻi where all people have the opportunities and self-determination they need to thrive.

Voices for the people: Affordable Housing for all fellows

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The Affordable Housing for All (AHA) fellows are emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds who each have lived experience in communities that struggle to find or sustain housing. In the last year alone, the AHA fellows’ accomplishments included:

  • the purchase and development of a 20-acre property in Waiʻanae Valley that a community of 250 houseless people is turning into a village of communal structures and modest homes;

  • serving on the Housing Subcommittee of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 along with government, business, and nonprofit leaders;

  • providing critical perspective of a formerly houseless person to help shape a $60 million rental relief program; and

  • helping bring together affordable housing stakeholders and legislative leaders to craft a 2022 affordable housing legislative agenda.



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