ProjectFocus Hawaii Exhibit
ProjectFocus Hawai’i presents... 

In Collaboration with The Care Center of Honolulu

When a loved one suffers a medical catastrophe, whether mild or severe, or is simply in need of assisted care because of a medically fragile state or aging issues, family members often turn to residential care facilities for help and guidance.

One such facility is The Care Center of Honolulu.

The Care Center of Honolulu has been a part of our community for over 35 years.  It provides a range of services including short-term rehabilitation, intermediate care and skilled nursing. The Care Center of Honolulu was the first sub-acute unit in the state of Hawai‘i to care for ventilator-dependent individuals and now it is the largest respiratory care unit in the state.

This year, ProjectFocus Hawai`i shifted its emphasis from providing photographic internships for at-risk children to those whose lives have been altered due to medical conditions ranging from ventilator-dependency to skilled nursing care and The Care Center of Honolulu was selected as its 2014 beneficiary.

Twelve residents from The Care Center of Honolulu were selected to participate in this year’s photographic exhibit entitled: Reflections: In Their Words.  The participants range in age from 45 to 100 and were photographed by ProjectFocus Hawai’i co-founders and professional photographers, Lisa Uesugi and Laurie Callies.

High school students were gathered to conduct the participant interviews. Over a period of several months, their compelling and inspiring stories were woven together to form the basis for the photographic narratives. These stories are both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  

To the participants who shared their significant moments and the lives which impacted them the most, we thank you.  Your reflections were shared at times with tears, and at times with laughter. We were deeply touched by your insight, wisdom, courage, and strength to persevere in the face of adversity, whether large or small. Mahalo. 

ProjectFocus Hawai‘i is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of participants through the use of photography and to use this medium as a vehicle for enhancing self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-reflection.

ProjectFocus Hawai‘i recently partnered for a second year with Hawai‘i Pacific Health and Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children to create the “Wall of Hope,” a photographic exhibit in the hospital that features 30 former patients - all of whom are healthy and thriving - giving hope and inspiration to those currently receiving care from the hospital. In 2013, “Wall of Hope 2012: Stories of Courage and Inspiration” was awarded a Koa Hammer Award of Excellence by PRSA Hawaii (Public Relations Society of America).

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