Your Greatness Is Not What You Have, It’s What You Give.

Teixeira Ohana

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The Heart That Gives, Gathers. Thanksgiving Blessing 2016


Halloween has come and gone, Christmas aisles are being filled, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back! The Holidays are here, and we are excited to kick off the end of this year with the Difference Makers of Hawaii Intentional Acts of Kindness Tradition.

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AWAKENED with Shawn Reed

“Life starts when you begin to grow. Perseverance determines how high you will go.” -S. Reed

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Sweet, New Beginnings

Back in January, Difference Makers of Hawaii featured a one-of-a-kind, power couple, who, you could tell, made people better by just being around them. We recognized Christian and Stephanie’s ability to fully know the beauty of the islands, and to share those discoveries with everyone, creating spaces for people to experience moments they never would have. They build these welcoming intervals amongst the busyness of life. We pointed out that these spaces give people a chance to breathe, a chance to remember what’s important, the opportunity to simply enjoy beauty, and take it all in. 

Check out the full article here: EXPLORING, ENJOYING, & CREATING SPACES

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Coffee Talk with Pastor Nando

Pastor Nando & his best friend & wife, Lilia Jaime

The best part about writing these articles is hearing the stories behind the stories of people who stand firm in their visions, who are faithful to their calling, and who bring their dreams to life. This month of August, Difference Makers of Hawaii are privileged to share the story of Fernando Jaime, which many people know as Pastor Nando.

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Remember Why You Started


On November 2015, Difference Makers of Hawaii recognized Christine Simpson of Shoes for the Homeless Oahu, as the first ever Difference Maker. Since then, we have met amazing, generous, productive, and most of all, humble individuals who utilize their gifts and passions to give back to the community.

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Tiny Woman, BIG Dreams.

Jamie on her first trip to Bali in 2008

Here at Difference Makers of Hawaii, we are always excited to meet like-minded individuals who not only care about something, but are so passionate about it, they dedicate their lives to it.

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In The Zone with Travis Ito

HVN logo

What exactly does it mean to be “in the zone?” Travis Ito, entrepreneur and founder of HVN Apparel, tells Difference Makers of Hawaii that being in this state of mind means, “your fears fall away, your mind is focused, your movements are effortless, and you are in the zone. Your sanctuary.  Your haven. This is what you live for.”

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Ahuwale ka po’okela I kāu hana iā ha’i {It is through the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt}

Surf Team Hawaii News Now
Lea Arce and The Kamehameha Surf Team on Hawaii News Now

For the month of February, the Difference Makers of Hawaii are honored to give you a glimpse into a dream that started to come to life in 2008. Lea Arce, founder of the community service club, Kamehameha Surfers Give Back Club invited us to hear her journey that would eventually inspire many and leave a lasting legacy.

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The Wheels Are Turning


“A dream is a wish your heart makes”-Walt Disney

I just wanted to send out a quick thank you to those who have taken the time to read, share, and be inspired by the Difference Makers of Hawaii Blog. I’m especially thankful for the 3 Difference Makers we highlighted over the past few months.

In addition to highlighting the efforts of those in the community, I really have a vision for this blog to be building blocks for people, companies, groups, and organizations to partner together, and utilize the resources and talents of each other.

One question  I always ask in my interviews is, “If money and all other factors were not of concern, what would your dream for this community be?” I ask this question with great intention and with true faith that these things will happen in time with the right people reading.

When I say “right people,” i’m specifically describing those who have a similar passion, idea, heart, and dream to those we highlight here on our blog.

I’m excited to  see the partnerships and relationships that will stem from this small effort to connect passion with community.

The Difference Makers of Hawaii are in the process of brainstorming ways to earn money all in efforts to make the dreams of our Difference Makers come true. Please feel free to leave us comments and ideas!

As always, #BeInspired!

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