RISEHI Foundation’s mission is to increase economic sustainability and cultural preservation in Hawaii by raising optimism, providing resources and creating a platform for sharing perspectives of kama`aina (those from Hawaii) creators and doers.
RISEHI aims to be an organization that aids in the development of Hawaii’s kama`aina, allowing them to live and thrive economically in Hawaii and become leaders of the next generation.
“Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.”
— Frank Tyger
Too often we hear that living in Hawaii is “too expensive,” that “there are not enough jobs,” and that the only option is to “move to the mainland.”
The truth is that Hawaii has an abundance of opportunities, waiting for someone, anyone, to take advantage of them. We need to teach our keiki that opportunity only discriminates against those who are not open to accepting it, those who prefer to play it safe, those not willing to be vulnerable, those paralyzed by the fear of failure and criticism.
A change in culture, attitude, and overall mindset is required for those growing up in Hawaii to realize that they are capable of extraordinary achievements. They are not limited to just being cogs in a wheel, subject to the demands of outsiders who take advantage of the untapped opportunities abundant here in Hawaii.
Not only is a change in perspective important, it’s valuable for the people who grew up in Hawaii to shape it’s future. They are the ones who can perpetuate our unique culture which is so valuable to all of Hawaii’s people.
RISEHI believes that our culture is our competitive advantage. If those who have power and influence understand the value of our culture, it’ll help create a healthier economic and social environment for generations to come.
RISEHI aims to foster dynamic and sensible influencers in Hawaii by raising optimism, providing resources and creating a platform to empower our keiki with the ability to become creators, doers, and leaders.
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