Community concern, shared values make #HawaiiStrongPosted on Jul 29, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Kindness. Persistence. And making a difference in ways big and small — from wearing a mask to standing up to injustice and helping those in need. Those basic values are part of the foundation of Hawai‘i. “Now in this pandemic, we need to rely on each other more than ever,” said First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige. “Our sense of ‘ohana and community concern are what will see us through in tough times.”
To help reinforce these messages, Mrs. Ige’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FirstLadyofHawaii/ has become a jumping off point to remind folks of what binds us together. In a new partnership with ‘Olelo, Mrs. Ige’s Storytime is being broadcast on Channel 53. For August, the featured book is “She Persisted” by Chelsea Clinton, which introduces readers to 13 inspirational women who didn’t take “no” for an answer in pursuing their goals, and who always persisted. “We chose the book partly to encourage young people to follow their dreams and to honor the women in history who stood up for what they believed in,” Mrs. Ige added.
In her “Q&A Hawai‘i,” guests from different agencies have provided practical advice and personal insights. The subjects have ranged from the interisland travel process to visiting state parks. Also, as the honorary chair of “Goodwill Goes Glam” for the past six years, Mrs. Ige lent her support to the July 21 “home edition” of the popular event on KGMB-TV. Goodwill’s simple yet powerful message of “Donate stuff. Create local jobs” has taken on renewed meaning during the pandemic. “Goodwill has so many outstanding programs,” Mrs. Ige said. “The governor and I appreciate their work and all of the state’s non-profits as they help the most vulnerable of our community.”