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"The way we think about charity is dead wrong"

dan-pallottaDan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done.


HONOLULU, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire --

Alaska Airlines announced today that Aaron Nee , 16, of Honolulu is the winner of the "Spirit of the Islands" Aaron Nee Spirit of the IslandsPaint-the-Plane contest. His artwork will adorn an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State. As the grand prize winner, Nee will also receive a trip for four to any of the carrier's destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

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Every now and then we just have to stop...and take some time to celebrate the things that makes us a people. Watch the video, be happy.

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Three Sailors...

based in Hawaii qualified for the Team Navy/Coast Guard to compete at the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado. This video provides a glimpse into the world of the Wounded Warriors.
Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Barker, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Dasbach, Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Furey and Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Quinlan.
Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Hawaii

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Exerpt from Tobii Assisitve Technology website


Stephen Murray imageStephen Murray had done his signature double back flip thousands of times. His last landing left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. That instant changed his life. However this world-class BMX rider with the Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF) has re-gained his freedom using eye-tracking technology. 

Tobii I-Series devices are brand new, rugged, purpose built assistive and augmentative communication devices that enable effective communication, in all forms.For professional athletes suffering from performance injuries such as spinal cord impairments the face-to-face to long distance communication is a life changer. The devices adapts to any lifestyle, supports growth and can be used indoors, outdoors, in bed, at the dinner table – anywhere you go!

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This is not about Hamana Kalili's famous Shaka but it is about the recent discovery of what could be a national treasure.  shaka

Hawaiian Sign Language or HSL, offers evidence that Hawaiians understood that communicating with the deaf or hearing disabled was simply a matter of doing life. No politics, no compliance, just a need to connect one person's message with another. Passed down through the generations from hand to hand the language still exists.  

While touted as the "first new language discovered in the United State since the 1930's" the real excitement suggests HSL may predate American Sign Language. One of the researchers of this discovery is Linda Lambrecht, an American Sign Language instructor at Kapiolani Community College who used the language as a child. "Oh, I feel like jumping, I'm so ecstatic," she said about the recognition of the language. "All these years, people said, 'That's just pidgin, that's pidgin language, pidgin sign." 

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