Collectively, ProjectFocus Hawai`i's participants have suffered poverty, homelessness, drug addition, prostitution, substance abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, life-threatening illnesses, physical and cognitive challenges, mental illness, incarceration, domestic violence, and the death of one or both parents. The ProjectFocus Hawai`i internships and resulting exhibits are testaments to our participants’ resilience in the face of extreme adversity.
ProjectFocus Hawai`i's current direction includes partnering with Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children to create the 2013 “Wall of Hope” exhibit (opening at the hospital on November 7, 2013) and The Care Center of Honolulu (formerly The Convalescent Center of Honolulu) to produce an exhibit featuring 20 of their residents and patients.
ProjectFocus Hawai`i is independently funded through monetary and in-kind donations received from the generous support of foundations and community and business leaders. Co-founders and professional photographers, Laurie Callies and Lisa Uesugi, raise all funding and oversee and run all aspects of the program.