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July 18, 2011
Shawn Nakamoto, APR
Magazine Publisher Cheryl DeAngelo Joins ProjectFocus Hawaii’s Board of Directors
DeAngelo and her husband, acclaimed chef Fred DeAngelo, also own OLA at the Turtle Bay Resort. Philanthropy is promoted amongst their staff of 60 employees, with quarterly cleanups of the two-mile stretch of highway that OLA has "adopted,” participating in can food drives and donating Christmas gifts and school supplies for needy children. The DeAngelo's also participate in at least 12 fundraisers for various organizations per year. In recognition of charitable giving and community service, OLA received the 2008 National Restaurant Association's "Good Neighbor Award."
DeAngelo is also on the board of directors for Tau Dance Theater and is an active member of The Pacific Club, where she sits on the Mess & Bar Committee.
ProjectFocus Hawai’i is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children through the use of photography and to use this medium as a vehicle for enhancing self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-reflection. Its program is independently funded through monetary and in-kind donations made by foundations as well as community and business leaders.
Laurie Callies, 808-224-5995
Lisa Uesugi, 808-382-8065www.ProjectFocusHawaii.com
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April 10, 2011
Contact: Shawn Nakamoto, APR
LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS SELECT DOWN SYNDROME OHANA HAWAII AS ITS 2011 PARTNERProjectFocus Hawai’i gives children with Down syndrome a chance to shine through photography
HONOLULU—ProjectFocus Hawai’i (PFH), a photography internship for at-risk children and youth, has selected Down Syndrome Ohana Hawai’i as their 2011 partner. This year’s theme is “Shine: Inspiring Joy Through Their Eyes.” Over the next 12 weeks starting in May, ProjectFocus Hawai’i will work with 14 children from Down Syndrome Ohana Hawai’i to foster self-esteem through the art of photography.
The mission of Down Syndrome Ohana Hawai’i is to unite and support families who have children or family members with Down syndrome. Their goal is to connect with other families and friends and to support each other through various activities such as social gatherings, new parent hospital visits, family and professional workshops and family support.
According to Ann Ziegler, president for Down Syndrome Ohana Hawai’i, “We are a family of families, joined together to support and provide advocacy and information concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome in the home, school and community.”
The National Down Syndrome Congress reports that Down syndrome affects a quarter million families in the United States. It is caused by a common genetic variation that usually causes delay in physical, intellectual and language development. Down syndrome is one of the leading clinical causes of cognitive delay in the world and affects 1 in 700 live births. There is a wide variation in mental abilities, behavior and physical development in individuals with Down syndrome and each individual has his or her own unique personality, capabilities and talents. In adulthood, many persons with Down syndrome are able to work, live independently and participate in recreational activities in heir communities.
“Children with Down syndrome are incredibly loving, responsive and full of joy,” said Laurie Callies, co-founder of ProjectFocus Hawai’i.” “We selected ‘Shine: Inspiring Joy Through Their Eyes’ as our theme this year because it recognizes that these children, despite their cognitive condition, are able to express their creative and artistic talents through the lens of a camera. This year’s exhibit will truly be an inspiration to all of us.”
ProjectFocus Hawai’i co-founders Laurie Callies and Lisa Uesugi, both professional photographers and former teachers, start off the internship photographing each child. The children are then taught basic photography skills utilizing a medium format camera and are asked to photograph someone special in their life. Each young photographer writes a personal statement to accompany their best photograph that is paired with their own photograph. At the end of the internship, the photographic exhibit will debut at a private reception co-sponsored by Pacific Office Properties and Bishop Street Commercial. The exhibit will then travel to various venues across O’ahu.
“We are so grateful that ProjectFocus Hawai’i has selected Down Syndrome Ohana Hawai’i as the beneficiary for this photography internship,” said Ziegler. “Our children bring such joy to our lives and we welcome this opportunity for them to shine and inspire others with their exuberance for life,” she added.
ProjectFocus Hawai’i is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children through the use of photography and to use this medium as a vehicle for enhancing self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-reflection. Independently funded through monetary and in-kind donations made by foundations as well as community and business leaders. ProjectFocus Hawai’i recently received two generous donations from long time sponsors Na Lei Aloha Foundation and Blair Parry-Okeden. Na Lei Aloha Foundation awarded PFH with a $20,000 grant while Parry-Okeden contributed $10,000. For more information on sponsorship opportunities with ProjectFocus Hawai’i, contact Laurie Callies at (808) 224-5995.
Laurie Callies, 808-224-5995
Lisa Uesugi, 808-382-8065
Down Syndrome Ohana Hawai’i
Ann Ziegler 808-383-2431
2011 “Shine” (Down Syndrome Ohana Hawaii)
• "ProjectFocus Welcomes Glee Star," Midweek 7/13/11
• "Island Images,” Honolulu Star Advertiser 6/16/11
• "Learning Life Skills Through Photography," Hawaii News Now, 8/04/11
• "Glee Star Gets Taste of the Islands,” KHON2, 6/29/11
• "Glee Star Inspires Hawaii Kids to Overcome Adversity,” KHON2, 6/27/11
• "The Conversation,” Hawaii Public Radio, 6/30/11
2010 “Kindred Spirits” (HUGS)
• Raiatea Helm and Keola Beamer “Imagine” Concert Tour Program
• WoodCraft,” Ben Wood 10/15/10
• "Kindred Spirits.” Real Word Magazine, Shawn Nakamoto 10/10
• "Core Connections,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, Nancy Arcayna, 9/28/10
• "On the Scene,” John Berger, 9/12/10
• "WoodCraft,” Ben Wood 9/03/10
• "Good Neighbors,” Midweek, 9/01/10
• "ProjectFocus Exhibit to Debut,” Hawaii News Now 8/27/10
• "ProjectFocus Partners With HUGS,” KHON TV ~ Olena Heu, 8/26/10
• "Hawaiian News: ProjectFocus, Hawaii News Now, 6/30/10
“The Resilient Spirit” (Hale Kipa)
• "ProjectFocus Hawaii” ʻReal Word” Magazine by Shawn Nakamoto, 2/04/10
• "On the Scene” by John Berger, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 9/11/09
• "Lives Captured on the Rebound” by Nancy Arcayna, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/30/09
• "Style Focus” by Nadine Kam, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/30/09
• "Shining Stars” Honolulu Star Bulletin, 1/31/09
• "Pacific Superheroes” 1/29/09
2008 “Reawakening” (Ka Hale Ho’Ala Hou No Na Wahine) & The Women’s Community Correctional Center
• Putting Life in Focus, John Heckathorn Column Star Bulletin, 9/7/08
• ProjectFocus in Ben Wood’s Column Star Bulletin, 8/23/08
• "The Focus Turns to Moms in Prison” Star Bulletin, 6/24/08
• "A Honolulu nonprofit funds groups that aid women and children” Star Bulletin, 5/13/08
2007 “Lost & Found” (Kids Hurt Too)
• "Children’s Photos Tear at the Heart “ by Lee Cataluna, Honolulu Advertiser, 1/15/08
• "Stories From the Eyes of Children “ Midweek, 1/9/2008
• "Healing with Photography” by John Berger: On The Scene, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/28/07
• "Kids Express their Feelings Through Pictures” by Roger Mari KITV, 8/19/2007
• "Lost & Found through ProjectFocus” by Melissa Chang, My Advertiser.com, Honolulu Advertiser, 8/20/07
• "Seeing Kid’s Pain” by Nancy Arcayna, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/19/07
2006 “ My Voice” (Women In Need)
• "Visual Eyes” by Becky Maltby, Honolulu Weekly, 8/16/2006
• "Christianna and Her Camera” Hawai’i Girls Court web site, 8/18/06
• On the Scene: “Giving Voice” by John Berger, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/22/06
• "Images of Hope” by Nancy Arcayna, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 8/21/06
• "Young Lives in Focus” by Catherine E. Toth, Honolulu Advertiser, 8/16/06
• "Positives from Negatives” by Katherine Nichols, HONOLULU Magazine, 5/06
• "ProjectFocus Receives Campbell Grant” by Ben Wood: Wood Craft, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 2/25/06
• "Children’s Photo Project Gets Grant”, Honolulu Advertiser, 2/23/06
• "Amazing Kids” by Alyse Rome, Amazing Kids Web Site, 2/06
2005 “Doorways” (Kuhio Park Terrace)
• "The Faces of Ohana” by Betty Shimbukuro, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 11/11/05
• "Deluged with Honors” by John Heckathorn: What the Heck?, Honolulu Star Bulletin, 10/28/05
• "Children’s Lives come into Focus” by James Gonser, Honolulu Advertiser, 8/12/05
May 4, 2010
Contact: Shawn Nakamoto, APR
HONOLULU—ProjectFocus Hawai’i, a photography internship for at-risk children and youth, has selected HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support) as their 2010 partner. This year’s theme is “Kindred Spirits” and over the next 12 weeks, ProjectFocus Hawai’i will work with 14 children from HUGS who have seriously ill siblings to foster self-esteem through the art of photography.
Founded in 1982, HUGS was the brainchild of a small group of volunteers from Unity Church in Honolulu who recognized the many challenges and stressors that families with seriously ill children face and dedicated themselves to establishing an agency that would provide support and compassion to help keep these families together. The mission of HUGS is to improve the quality of life for families who face the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child. The HUGS agency serves families with children, birth to age 21, who have been diagnosed with any illness, disease or condition that could potentially rob these young people of their lives.
According to Donna Witsell, executive director for HUGS, “The impact on a sibling when a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness can be tremendous. Because so much attention needs to be directed to the sick child, siblings can often experience feelings of jealousy, resentment, fear, neglect and anger,” said Donna Witsell, executive director of HUGS. “One of the unique things about HUGS is we focus on the entire family. Siblings and sibling issues take up a large percentage of our resources – often, to a larger degree than with our ill children. Therefore, we provide a support network for siblings so that they communicate openly about their feelings and interact with other children going through a similar situation.”
“When a child is seriously ill, it affects everyone in their family. HUGS cares for the entire family through programs that provide support for parents and siblings of seriously ill children,” said Laurie Callies, co-founder of ProjectFocus Hawai’i.” “We selected ‘Kindred Spirits’ as our theme this year because it recognizes the important role siblings play when their brother or sister is ill. Many of these children, while trying to be supportive, are scared for their sibling and are struggling to deal with their own emotions and need for support. We hope our internship will provide these children with a creative outlet for expressing their love and concern for their family.”
ProjectFocus Hawai’i co-founders Laurie Callies and Lisa Uesugi, both professional photographers and former teachers, start off the internship photographing each child. The children are then taught basic photography skills utilizing a medium format camera and are asked to photograph someone special in their life. Each young photographer writes a personal statement to accompany their best photograph which is paired with their own photograph and featured in a public exhibit at a variety of venues including Macy’s Ala Moana and Honolulu Hale. This year’s internship will have a slightly different twist: the children will be asked to photograph their ill brother or sister for their photography assignment.
“We are so grateful that Project Focus has selected HUGS siblings for this year’s photography internship,” said Witsell. “Because of the overwhelming emotional stress that many of these kids are experiencing at home, this program will definitely be a positive outlet for expressing their feelings and building their self esteem,” she added.
ProjectFocus Hawai’i is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children through the use of photography and to use this medium as a vehicle for enhancing self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-reflection. Independently funded through monetary and in-kind donations made by foundations as well as community and business leaders, a few of this year’s supporters include Macy’s Foundation/Macy’sWest; Na Lei Aloha Foundation; Blair Parry-Okeden; Long & Associates, AIA, Inc.; FUJIFILM Hawai’i; and Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room. For more information on sponsorship opportunities with ProjectFocus Hawai’i, contact Laurie Callies at (808) 224-5995.
Visit www.ProjectFocusHawaii.com for details about the program. To learn more about HUGS visit www.hugslove.org.
Laurie Callies, 808-224-5995
Lisa Uesugi, 808-382-8065
HUGS Donna Witsell, 808-732-4846
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