Category Archives: Training

Attention Mediation Center of the Pacific Mediators: Space available for Accelerated Divorce Mediation Training

From the Mediation Center of the Pacific:

Good Morning Fellow Mediators,

We wanted to inform you that we still have space available for The Mediation Center of the Pacific’s upcoming Accelerated Divorce Mediation Training scheduled for June 16, 17, 23 & 24.   Please note that the training will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on both Friday, June 16 and Friday, June 23, and from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, June 17 and Saturday, June 24.

Click here for the PDF Flyer and Registration Form.  The training fee is waived for our current volunteers; should you be interested in wanting to register for this training, we ask that you submit the completed registration form and return it either by email to or by fax (808) 538-1454 no later than Monday, June 5th.

Remember!  Seating is limited and Advanced Registration is Required. 

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center – May Events

“Finding Solutions, Growing Peace”
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Held monthly on Third Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 655 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo. Each month an invited speaker presents a different topic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session, and meet others interested in “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.” Free and open to the public. For more info, call Jenifer at 935-7844 x 1 or email

(Click here to View the Event Flyer)

“Tools to Transform Conflict” Training Series
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Facilitated by Mala’e Erickson, this workshop takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kea’au Community Center in Kea’au. The 6-hour workshop teaches participants how to manage emotions and judgements in order to honestly express themselves so others will listen. People can avoid misunderstandings, arguments, criticism, and blame by transforming the way they make requests. Learn to make neutral observations, state feelings/needs, and make requests using positive action language. Tuition is $60 (group discounts and partial scholarships available). For more info, call Jenifer at 935-7844 x 1 or email

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From Virtual Mediation Lab: Free Online Training

Online Mediation in a Nutshell – 30-min Free Virtual Mediation Lab Webinar and Demo for Mediators and Attorneys – May 9, 2017 Noon Pacific Time

If you are a mediator or attorney interested in online mediation, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 you can learn in 30 minutes:

  • What Online Mediation means and how it works
  • The benefits of Online Mediation
  • How mediators can do online everything they are used to do in-person: e.g. Joint and private meetings (caucus) with the parties; “Shuttle Diplomacy” in multi-party disputes; Information (documents, pictures, worksheets, videos) sharing and annotation; Writing up the parties’ “Memorandum of Understanding” or agenda for their next meeting
  • Which cases are suitable for Online Mediation
  • How to blend face-to-face and Online Mediation
  • How to try Online Mediation for FREE
  • How to participate in a 2-hour one-on-one hands-on training in Online Mediation

Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution Hawaii Chapter. This 30-min webinar/demo is based on his experience:

This “Online Mediation in a Nutshell” 30-min free webinar will take place Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Noon/12:00pm Pacific Time (2:00pm Central Time | 3:00pm Eastern Time).

Fill out this Online Registration Form – Please Note:

  • Seating is limited
  • After your registration is approved, you’ll automatically receive information on how to join the webinar with your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smartphone


Free Webinar with Wayne Plenert – April 25, 2017
1-Hour Video Recording

Presented by the Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by ACR Hawaii, and Mediate BC, a not-for-profit organization that leads, promotes and facilitates mediation and other collaborative dispute resolution processes throughout the province of British Columbia, Canada.

Don’t miss “Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement”

Presented by J. Kim Wright and Lorenn Walker
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
11:00-11:45 AM
King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
1913 Courtroom
417 King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

An international trend, happening locally!

Therapeutic Justice, collaborative practice, restorative justice, conscious contracts, purpose-focused estate planning, earth law, and sharing law are some of the integrative law models that are part of an international trend in law. J. Kim Wright ( will lead an interactive conversation about this international movement and how it is showing up in Hawaii.

This brown bag event is free, and coffee will be provided.

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center – April Events

Civility in the Workplace: Conflict Resolution and Managerial Mediation

Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$75 includes lunch (Pre-registration required)

Group discounts & partial scholarships available
Hawai’i Innovation Center at Hilo (HICH)
117 Keawe Street, Hilo, HI 96720

“Civility in the Workplace” covers the financial costs of conflict, frustrating workplace behaviors, their consequences, and how to use collaborative skills to lay the foundation for a civil organization.  This training, which includes hands-on practice, has been offered on Maui for state agencies, health care entities, and nonprofit organizations.  Participants will learn techniques and tools for immediate use in daily interactions.

Diane Petropulos, M.A., has offered mediation, facilitation, and training services throughout Hawai’i since 2001.  She is a former lecturer at the master’’ level in the Human Resource Management Program at UH-Manoa, and has mediated hundreds of Circuit, District, and Small Claims Court cases for Maui Mediation Services, where she currently serves on its Board of Directors.

To register, contact Jenifer at 935-7844 x 1 or

Free Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Dealing with Anger: Steps to Understanding and Transformation with Mala’e Erickson

Thursday, April 20, 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

“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 talk, we will explore the steps to understanding and expressing anger nonviolently, so no one gets hurt.

Mala’e Erickson has been practicing Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (Compassionate Communication) since 2000 and has been sharing it through workshops and practice groups since 2011. Also a teacher of Holistic Peer Counseling and Connection Parenting, Mala’e is passionate about healing our world through personal growth, child-rearing practices, and social change.

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Institute

IACP Institute
Hilton Waikiki Beach
March 30 – April 2, 2017

From Lisa Jacobs, Immediate Past-President of the Association for Conflict Resolution – Hawai’i Chapter:

Dear ACR-Hawai’i Members (and non-members) –

An exciting and local ADR training opportunity is being provided by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).  The IACP Institute will be held in Waikiki from the evening of Thursday, March 30th, to the early afternoon of Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.  Special kama’aina registration rates are being offered to all Hawai’i residents who register through the March 23, 2017 deadline (see the email message below for the phone number to call to receive the kama’aina discounted registration rate).  We are also seeking approval for up to 13 hours of Hawai’i Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for Hawai’i attorneys who attend the Institute.

If you have an interest in learning more about Collaborative Law, I strongly encourage you to attend and find out more. I have travelled to the U.S. mainland on two previous occasions to attend IACP conferences, and I have found them to be extremely valuable in acquiring knowledge to enhance my ADR practice, both as a collaborative attorney and as a mediator.  For me, the decision to attend this year’s IACP Institute was an easy “yes,” not only for the benefits it brings to my practice and the inspiration it gives me to work in the ADR field, but also for the added benefit that it’s being offered so close to home, so it’s only really one workday (Friday, March 31st) that I would be away from the office.

Please click on “Download the Brochure” for more information about the offerings, schedule, and the meals provided with your registration.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me at the email address and mobile number listed below.

I hope you will join me at the IACP Institute!
Warmly – Lisa Jacobs
Lisa Jacobs, Immediate Past President, Hawai’i Chapter of the Association of Conflict Resolution
mobile phone: (808) 263-6299

Opening Statements…and Beyond: A Strategic Approach to Mediation – A Workshop by Gerald Clay, Esq.

May 19, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Hawai’i Supreme Court Conference Room,
Ali’iolani Hale, 417 South King Street, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813

     In relationship-based disputes, beneath the facts presented to the mediator lie a host of other unstated issues (the res) that the parties bring to the mediation. A successful resolution may depend upon identifying and exploring these issues. This Workshop will examine strategies and techniques to identify the unstated issues beginning with the Opening Statement. Scenarios of disputes, including complex, multimillion-dollar, relationship-based conflicts and family disputes will be considered.

Jerry Clay
Jerry Clay believes that virtually all problems arising out of relationships should be mediated before the parties consider the legal system. Trained as a commercial mediator in 1984, he has written a book and published many articles proposing a change of society’s mindset to “THINK MEDIATION FIRST”. He has mediated over 1,000 matters, both large and small and along the way has developed innovative techniques and strategies which he gladly shares with colleagues.


Sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution-Hawai‘i; Co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Bar Association-ADR Section, the Mediation Center of the Pacific, and the Hawai‘i State Judiciary Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

From Virtual Mediation Lab: Watch Free Video Webinar – The Power of Visual Communication in Mediation

Free Webinar with Lisa Arora

Have you ever watched parties in a mediation struggle to hear what each other is saying, or even to get what you’re saying? What if the important things people were trying to say in your mediations were not evaporating into thin air? What if the parties could literally see their comments in real time and reflect on them? How might that impact the process of coming to agreements?

During this webinar Lisa Arora explained to a large group of mediators from around the world:

  • Why visual communication is so powerful for parties in resolving conflict
  • How face-to-face and online mediators can learn more about groundbreaking visual mediation methods


Presented by: Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by ACR Hawaii, and Mediate BC, a not-for-profit organization that leads, promotes and facilitates mediation and other collaborative dispute resolution processes throughout the province of British Columbia, Canada.


Lisa Arora is an internationally recognized expert in the field of graphic facilitation and a comprehensive family mediator who uses visuals to enhance communication and foster productive, mutually beneficial agreements during mediation.

Since 2008, Lisa’s firm Get The Picture has specialized in providing engaging visual meeting experiences that result in highly productive dialogue, shared understanding, alignment and high-quality decisions. Visual meeting strategies are on the rise and being used across all industries to tackle deep-rooted and emerging issues. Lisa is also a well-regarded instructor in visual facilitation/group graphics methodology and author of 3 practical visual facilitation eGuides.


If you have any comments or questions about The Power of Visual Communication in Mediation, please contact Lisa Arora through her website

Mediator Paul Finn to speak at William S. Richardson School of Law

University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
William S. Richardson School of Law
Classroom 1
Wednesday, Mach 15, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visitors are welcome!

Boston based mediator Paul Finn has mediated over 7000 claims since beginning his practice in 1992. He was the mediator who successfully resolved the 552 claims of alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests from the Archdiocese of Boston. For this work he was named one of the Lawyers of the Year by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2003.

He resolved all the claims for 335 claimants who filed claims resulting from the Station Fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Rhode island’s Federal District Court appointed Finn the 468(B) trustee to oversee the distribution of the funds collected during that mediation. He also was the led mediator in the claims filed by the DelValle family against the contractor and sub-contractors who built the tunnel system under the city of Boston.  Recently Mr. Finn mediated and resolved all the cleric sexual abuse claims brought against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Mr. Finn has successfully mediated claims in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine,  New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, California, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Nevada, Mississippi, South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, as well as Massachusetts. He is the original author of Massachusetts Practice Series, Volume 47, Mediation & Arbitration. The seventh edition was published in 2015.

For more information about Mr. Finn see:…(link is external)

Flyer: Mediator Paul Finn speaks at William S. Richardson School of Law

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center: “Taking the Scariness Out of Conflict”, presented by Andrea Pro

Free Brown Bag Lunch Talk
March 16, 2017
Noon to 1 PM

March 1, 2017 (Hilo, HI) – The non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center hosts a free talk on March 16, 2017 as part of their “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” Brown Bag Lunch Series.  Talks are Third Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 655 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo.

This month’s speaker is Andrea Pro on “Taking the Scariness Out of Conflict.”

“Underneath most conflicts are differences that are simply expressions of our uniqueness,” says Pro.  “It’s a great loss for everyone when we shy away from exploring our differences.”

In this interactive mini-workshop, explore why we fear conflict and how to take the lead in forging a safe container to invite open dialogue with others.  We’ll look at three must-have skills for navigating differences with clarity and confidence.

Andrea Pro is a communication and relationship facilitator in Kona.  Her work involves a heart-opening process of self-discovery along with communication tools and skills that support people in deepening authenticity, trust, and respect in their relationships.  A business owner for over 30 years, Pro is also a professional artist and uses these skills daily in her personal and work relationships.  She is a Certified Trainer with The Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Ku‘ikahi’s Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session, and meet others interested in “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.”

A ShoreTel conference call has been created for this conference.
Use either of the following to join the call:

Call  +1 (808) 934-3678 (Local dial in) and enter the access code below followed by # key.
Participant code: 01974243

Mobile Auto Dial:
VoIP: voip://+18089343678;01974243#
iOS devices: +1 (808) 934-3678, 01974243 and press #
Other devices: +1 (808) 934-3678×01974243#

This lunch-and-learn series is made possible thanks in part to funding from the Atherton Family Foundation.  For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Administrative & Program Assistant Jenifer Aveiro at 935-7844 x 1 or  Or visit