Two upcoming events at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Chai Time!

Tuesday, October 17


ACCESS Lounge, Dean Hall, Room 5/6, Ground Level

Learn about special programs and opportunities for students through the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

For more information, click here to see the flyer

Click here to see the Visitor Zone Map for Dean Hall


Microdemocracy: A New Vision for Strengthening our Communities and our Democracy 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Dean Hall, Room 5

Please attend a special opportunity to meet and participate in a discussion with Luz Santana, co-founder of the Right Question Institute. Santana is the co-developer of the breakthrough idea of Microdemocracy and co-author of two highly regarded books in education about activating students and building parents capacity to partner with educators. Luz will discuss how the “Right Question Strategy” that she and colleagues developed over the past two decades, can greatly increase the capacity of people in low-income communities to advocate for themselves and participate effectively in key decisions that affect them. A contributor to the Harvard education publishing blog, Luz will share her own experiences navigating systems and facing challenges, as well stories from the field that inform the theory and practice of Microdemocracy and the Right Question Strategy. This session includes an opportunity to participate and learn from each other.
This event is co-sponsored by the  University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education, and Ceeds of Peace.  
Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker Biography

Luz Santana, Co-Director of the Right Question Institute and co-author of Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions(ASCD: 2016) and Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011).

In the late 1980s, as a parent of children in the Lawrence, MA public school system, Santana began to work with other parents as part of a drop-out prevention program. At the time, she was also traveling a path that led from her own personal experiences coming from Puerto Rico and navigating the welfare and other public systems to earning an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s, and a master’s degree from Springfield College School of Human Services. One of the founders of RQI, she is now a nationally recognized educational innovator, facilitator, and keynote speaker in English and Spanish who has designed a wide range of participatory learning curricula in many fields, including parent involvement, adult education, social services, health care, immigrant advocacy, neighborhood organizing, and voter engagement.


What people are saying about the Right Question Institute
“What I appreciate about The Right Question [Institute] is its effort to meet parents where they are. Equally important is its recognition that no system, no professionals, no individual dealing daily with large numbers of people can meet all their needs without the avid involvement of those whose needs are to be met…”

Professor Martha Minow of Harvard Law School, in The Justine Wise Polier Memorial Lecture: In the Meantime: The Gap Between Promises and Realities for Kids, February 2001

“As a result of this workshop I plan to: whatever it takes to get the information I need.” 

Parent in a workshop at a homeless shelter in Louisville, Kentucky

For more information about the event, contact: Dr. Patricia E. Halagao at or 808-956-9295

Ku’ikahi Mediation Center: October Events


Conflict Resolution Day:
Mediation as a Tool for PeaceThursday, October 19, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Free (walk-ins welcome)
Office of the Prosecuting Attorney
655 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720

with Julie Mitchell & Professionally Trained Volunteer Mediators

Flyer - Brown Bag Lunch Series - 10-19-17

“Conflict Resolution Day is an annual international celebration held every third Thursday in October. It promotes awareness of peaceful means of resolving disagreements and encourages the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, government, and the legal system,” says Julie. During this talk we will conduct a ‘Live Action Mediation’ to demonstrate how mediators empower people to find their own best solutions.

Jule Mitchell is the Executive Director at Ku’ikahi Mediation Center.  In addition to her administrative duties, Julie is also a mediator, facilitator, and trainer at Ku’ikahi.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Irvine and a Certificate in Professional Development for Not-for-Profit Management from Hawai’i Community College.


Dealing With Anger:
Steps to Understanding & TransformationFriday, October 20, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Free (campus parking free after 4:00 p.m.)
UH-Hilo Campus Center Room 301
200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720

with Mala’e Erickson

Flyer - Let's Work It Out 10-20-17

“You can transform anger from blaming others to connecting with what is important to you,” says Mala’e.  “Although it can be one of the most painful emotions, anger serves an important purpose, and we can use it to serve life.”  In this interactive workshop, we will explore steps to understand and express anger using compassionate communication techniques.  Transform yourself to transform your community.

The evening begins with an introduction by Steve Yoshida and Lee Dombroski on “Heiwa: Rotary Hiroshima Survivor Trees,” spreading the message of peace, hope, and survivability.  This event is the second in the “Kakou: Let’s Work It Out!” workshop series, co-hosted by the County of Hawai’i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Ku’ikahi Mediation Center, several Rotary Clubs, and UH-Hilo.

Register online here or RSVP to Majidah at 935-7844 x 3 or

From Ku’ikahi Mediation Center: COMMUNICATING MORE EFFECTIVELY IN CHALLENGING SITUATIONS: A Workshop for Caregivers of Adults (age 60+)

Hilo: Thursday, October 5, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Waimea: Friday, October 5, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Suggested contribution: $20
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

“How can you talk with your siblings about mom’s finances?” asks workshop instructor Elizabeth Kent.  “Or ask your grandfather if it may be time for him to stop driving?  Or tell your family doctor that you don’t like talking about your spouse as if he’s not in the room?  Knowing when to bring up uncomfortable topics–and how to express your thoughts and feelings–is a challenge.”

In this interactive workshop, learn some useful communication tools to enable you to share your concerns so people will hear you.

This four-part process includes how to: ready yourself to have a productive conversation; explore the other person’s readiness and willingness to listen; plan your logistics and approach; and have the conversation using powerful and effective “I” statements.

Elizabeth Kent, J.D., has helped people and institutions find solutions to sticky problems for over 25 years.  A trained facilitator and mediator, she teaches graduate classes in conflict system design and negotiation at UH-Manoa and a variety of conflict resolution skills classes around the state.

Pre-Registration Required

Majidah: (808) 935-7844 x 3 or

Ku’ikahi Mediation Center
101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720

2017 Annual ACR Conference available online

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

October 11-13, 2017

From the Association for Conflict Resolution:

We understand that some of you, for various reasons, will not be able to join us in Dallas, TX during this year’s annual conference. While we cannot duplicate everything happening at the conference, we can provide access to various sessions and an “almost like you are there” environment.  For the 2nd year, ACR is providing a Virtual Track.   Building on the experience from our 1st Virtual Track in 2016, the 2017 Virtual Track is being expanded to include a general session on Wednesday and  2 days of workshops on Thursday and Friday.   10 hours of Continuing education and/or legal credits will be available for those participating.

The Track begins on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:00 PM with a general session to discuss discriminatory laws and how should ACR and its members respond.  To learn more about this topic, read the home page of this website.  This counts as 1 hour of continuing education credit.

 A panel of Sharon Press, Donzell Robinson and Tom Kosakowski will get us started at 8:00 AM on Thursday, October 12 as we discuss the theme for this year’s conference, Professionalizing Your Passion.  The Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award and the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award will be presented.   (1 hour continuing education credit)

The planned workshops for the rest of Thursday include the following:
10:15 AM   The first 90-minute workshop is The Impact of Technology on ADR Ethics and Practice; the presenters are Daniel Rainey, Leah Wing, Jeffrey Aresty and Susan Exon. (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)

1:45 PM  After the lunch break, Pattie Porter will host a special edition of The Texas Conflict Coach radio blog program.  The topic for the program is Professionalizing Mediation: Understanding the Impact of Taking the Next Steps.  Featured guest: Jack Goetz. (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)

4:00 PM   We end the day with presentations by a new feature: Voices of Excellence.  Voices of Excellence is a new addition to our 2017 annual conference and is an outgrowth of the highly successful New Voices.  The theme of the four (4) presentations will be “Never Stop Learning”.  (1 hour of continuing education credit)

Friday, October 13:
9:00 AM   Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection with presenters Colin Rule and Amy Schmitz.  (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)

​11:00 AM   What does Mediation Teach Us About How People Can Manage Conflicts on Their Own?  Joe Folgers, the ACR 2017 William Kreidler Award Recipient.  (1.5 hours of continuing education)

2:45 PM – Workshop To Be Determined   (1.5 hours of continuing education)
Virtual participants will be fully engaged in each session, just as if they were in the room.  Last year’s participants had a great time.  Participate in the entire program and earn 10 hours of continuing education credits.  The cost is $250 for ACR members and $300 for non-members.
Join ACR at the 2017 Annual Conference October 11 – 14th, virtually or in person at the Crowne Plaza Near Dallas. To learn more about the conference and to register, click the Registration Tab at the top of the page.

The Cost

ACR Members= $250                                      
For the Almost Final program, click here.  
Non ACR Members = $300
To register, click here. 

10th Annual Peace Day Hawaii Celebration: Journey for Peace with Aloha

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2:00 – 7:30pm

Free and open to the public!

From Peace Day Hawaii:

In 2007, Hawaiʻi Act 23, declared: “September 21st of each year shall be known and recognized as ‘Peace Day’ to promote peace programs, improve international relations, and increase educational awareness of peace.”

Hawaiʻi thus became the first state in the United States to join more than 200 countries in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace and Non-Violence that was established by a unanimous UN resolution in 1981.


Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Hawaiʻi Culture Center 2729 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Limited parking is available on site. Participants are urged to carpool or use public transportation. (Bus stops are located in front of and across the street from the center and are serviced by TheBus routes 4, 55, 56, 57, 57A and 65.)

See the website!

Register today! Two Workshops for Conflict Resolution Professionals by Timothy Caminos

September 25, 2017
1132 Bishop Street, Room 601
Honolulu, HI 96813

Session 1: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Personal Branding for Today’s Practitioners and Facilitators

Personal branding is important when looking for a job, starting a business, or changing careers. This presentation provides tips and techniques to help define your personal brand.

In this Workshop, you will learn how to build and promote the online and ‘offline’ elements of your brand and how to effectively represent both your company and yourself while talking to potential clients.

You will takeaway the following:

  • Ways to identify and articulate what differentiates you from the rest
  • Understand your unique strengths and brand key words
  • Build an impactful and positive online presence
  • Effective networking techniques to promote your brand

Session 1 flyer

Session 2: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Your Secret to Break-Away Success

“What You Need to Know about Creating a Lean Start Up Business”

In this workshop you will learn several essential principles that you must practice as an entrepreneur throughout your business life if you are to achieve maximum success. During this presentation, Tim will give you the “down in the trenches knowledge” you need to succeed and will cover some of the fundamentals of what you need to do in order to thrive!

  • You will learn the following:
  • Business Plan
  • Financial Model
  • Sales Pitch

*** Both sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees. ***

Session 2 flyer

About the Presenter:

Tim Caminos is a Hawaii based entrepreneur, owner and Chief Executive Geek at SuperGeeks, an IT & securities company and has interests in RankHI, a digital marketing agency,, a premium website hosting service,, business strategy software and, an online store of Hawaii products. With over fifteen years experience in strategy, business development, and alliance building, he has helped those he works with achieve their goals and break through the marketplace. Tim has been featured in a wide variety of local media outlets, including Pacific Business News, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Hawaii News Now, KHON2, KITV4, KGU Business Talk, Hawaii Reporter, Think Tech and more.

Price for both Sessions:

$25 for ACR Hawaii members

$40 for Non-members (includes ACRH membership through 2018)

Register today!


Ku’ikahi Mediation Center: Basic Mediation Training, September 23, 24, 30, and October 1, 2017

From Ku’ikahi Mediation Center:

In Basic Mediation Training, participants learn a variety of approaches for dealing with people in conflict–through lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and mediation simulations. Whether you want to improve your peacemaking and communication skills or want to become a mediator, this training gives you the tools you need to start resolving conflict in a peaceful and lasting way.

The 30-hour training offers instruction in the process of mediation and how to apply advanced communication skills–such as active listening, summarizing and rephrasing, and using open-ended questions–in order to help parties resolve their differences.

All of our mediators are professionally trained volunteers who donate their time to help people find their own best solutions to a wide variety of issues. Since we rely on this exceptional pool of volunteers to provide mediation services, we continually seek out potential new Apprentice Mediators from the community at large. Basic Mediation Training is a prerequisite.

Our next basic training is scheduled for September 23, 24, 30, October 1, 2017.

Basic Training 2017 – Event Flyer (click to download)

Basic Training 2017 – Application (click to download)

If you are interested in taking our Basic Training Email us at or call us at (808) 935-7844 x 1.

The Power of Two: An Integrative Approach to Conflict Resolution – Free ACR Family Section Webinar with Kathleen Adams – September 20, 2017

From Giuseppe Leone:

Integrative Mediation (IM) is a pioneering approach to conflict resolution that pairs a conflict resolution professional with a psychotherapist or mental health professional to address all aspects of a dispute: legal, financial, psychological — and emotional. By addressing the underlying emotional issues of the parties, IM seeks to improve the odds of a more efficient, cost-effective process and the achievement of a deeper, more lasting resolution. The pairings may consist of a lawyer, financial planner, or mediator working alongside a mental health professional. Using this holistic approach, parties in conflict are far more likely to resolve their legal, business, and/or family disputes quickly and in a more rational and sustainable manner.

In this webinar, Kathleen Adams, LCSW outlines the foundational theory of IM and spells out the advantages and limitations of shared conflict resolution. She shares real-world examples of IM-based resolutions and data that support this approach.

Who should attend:

>> Professionals who believe that no conflict is fully resolved until the underlying emotional conflicts have been addressed
>> Mediators working to enhance and expand their practice
>> Attorneys, psychotherapists and other professionals seeking to create professional relationships outside of their domain

Hosted by Virtual Mediation Lab, this free 1-hour webinar is sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution Family Section.

When: September 20, 2017 8:00am Hawaii Time. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Registration: For more information and to register online click here

Register Today! Free training: 2017 Hawai‘i Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Ali‘iolani Hale, Conference Room 101

417 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

The Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act, Act 113, 2017 Hawaii State Legislature, authorizes the use of arbitration to resolve certain family law and child-related disputes. The new law holds wide-ranging potential to change many aspects of current family law practice.

Come and benefit from the insights of a distinguished panel of family law and conflict resolution practitioners as they highlight the more salient points of this brand new measure!


Elizabeth Kent

Honorable Michael Town (Ret.)

Jim Hoenig

Thomas D. Farrell

About the Panelists



Co-sponsored By:

Hawaii State Judiciary Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Hawaii State Bar Association – ADR Section