Leadership Development

Since our founding, Kanu has relied on volunteer leaders to help lead community engagement with tens of thousands of residents across hundreds of projects and campaigns statewide. This year in 2013, Kanu has formalized leadership development with the launching of our inaugural Kanu Fellows Program. Meet our 2013 Fellows! They are a diverse group of volunteers committed to expanding Kanu's mission. The Kanu Fellows program has been designed to give them an opportunity to practice deep community engagement including extensive grassroots outreach, balanced issue research, and modern mass communications strategies...all without needing outside influence or money.

Interested in helping out? Fellows will be presenting to dozens of venues, walking neighborhoods to speak with thousands of residents, sharing good information about issues we care deeply about, and finding ways that you too can get more involved in being a part of Hawaii more connected to the 'aina, more compassionate, and more sustainable.

Below are various stories and posts about the program or developed for the program. Mahalo!


Kanu Infographics | Last updated Feb 10, 2013

Cartoon: A Rough Guide to Gut & Replace

Mahalo to artist Will Caron who volunteered to create a cartoon based on the work of Kanu Fellow Joe Heaukulani. Click on a cartoon page to enlarge. For more information, please check out Joe's post...


Kanu Infographics | Last updated Feb 8, 2013

Interactive Infographic: Proposed 2013 Budget

What's in the Governor's 2013 proposed State of Hawaii budget? Click on the image to launch an interactive treemap. This interactive infographic was created for the budget workshop. A copy of that...


Joseph Heaukulani | Last updated Jan 28, 2013

Does Hawaii Need “Gut and Replace”?

The public has been paying too high a cost and it has become a luxury we can no longer afford. But we must hold ourselves accountable for “Gut and Replace” as it is currently practiced because...


Cherilyn Inouye | Last updated Jan 26, 2013

Help us be the change...join the Kanu volunteer crew

Interested in learning new skills, meeting new people and having fun? We welcome you to join our volunteer crew at any time. We currently meet in Manoa once a month on Wednesdays. This spring,...


Cherilyn Inouye | Last updated Jan 25, 2013

Fellows Workshop #2: Should we fund early childhood education?

We held the second Kanu Fellows Workshop on January 23, and heard from guest panelists Representative Roy Takumi, Senator Jill Tokuda, and Dr. Kanoe Naone about the early education bills that the...


Cherilyn Inouye | Last updated Jan 25, 2013

Fellows Workshop #1: Joe's story

The first Kanu Fellows Workshop was held on January 16 and featured Fellow Joe Heaukulani. With the support of fellow volunteers Carmille Lim and Nikki Love, Senator Ihara took Joe's idea, and put it...


Cherilyn Inouye | Last updated Jan 25, 2013

Man on the Street Video: What inspired you to first get out and vote?

During the Kanu Fellows January retreat, we went out in groups to learn how to interview and put together man on the street videos. Here is our second one...we asked folks who or what most inspired...


Cherilyn Inouye | Last updated Jan 25, 2013

Man on the Street Video: Who was your most inspirational teacher?

During the Kanu Fellows January retreat, we went out in groups to learn how to interview and put together man on the street videos. Here is our first one...we asked folks who their most inspirational...


Olin Lagon | Last updated Jan 25, 2013

Kanu Fellows Retreat January 12th and 13th

On January 12th and 13th, the Fellows began their training at a retreat at Kokokahi YWCA. They learned strategies for media relations and practiced their interviewing skills, how to make a Man on the...


Cherilyn Inouye | Last updated Jan 23, 2013

Introducing the 2013 Kanu Fellows

In 2012, Kanu Hawaii embarked on a new type of campaign--we went door-to-door and talked to thousands of people about issues that mattered to them and encouraged them to make their voice heard by...


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