ABOUT US :

For more than 45 years, ASAD has been the leading state advocacy organization serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing. With offices across the United States under National Association of the Deaf  and partnerships with Hawaii Islands communities, ASAD works to enhance the well-being of the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all.

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HISTORY

Aloha State Association of the Deaf (ASAD), originally known as the Deaf Action Group (DAG), was founded in 1971 by Reverend Bill Aulenbach. He and his wife Ann are the parents of a deaf-blind daughter who was attending Hawai`i School for the Deaf and the Blind at that time. The major accomplishments of DAG were:
• Conducted a two-year statewide study of the deaf and hard of hearing in order to receive a three-year federal grant.
• Established an advisory council on deafness. As a result of the grant, the Information and Referral Center (IRC), which became the Hawai`i Services on Deafness (HSOD), which was established in late 1974 and closed its doors in 2007.

In 1981, ASAD became an affiliate of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and a nonprofit State Association. Through the dedicated efforts and commitment of the late Mrs. Georgia Morikawa since the 1950s, ASAD strived to and continues to meet its objectives in serving the deaf and hard of hearing in the State of Hawai`i with a variety of programs and activities. As of today, more than 4,000 deaf and hard of hearing people are served throughout the State of Hawai`i.

The ASAD sponsors programs, including the

  • Sign Language Festival

  • Kuli Senior Citizens Club

  • Youth/Adult Leadership programs

  • Miss Deaf Hawai`i Pageant


A biennial conference is held in odd-numbered years.

GEORGIA E. MORIKAWA

Georgia’s leadership and unselfish voluntary service did not go unnoticed locally and on the mainland. Her honors and accolades are numerous. Some of them include: In 1977, she received the First Annual First Lady’s Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award. That same year, Georgia was one of nine recipients of the National Volunteer Activist Award, presented in Washington, D.C., by President Jimmy Carter. At the National Association of the Deaf convention in 1984, she was presented the Robert Greenmun Award for Services to Deaf Citizens on the Local Level. In 1994, The Honolulu Advertiser selected Georgia as one of its unsung heroes for the Thomas Jefferson Award program, sponsored in cooperation with the American Institute for Public Service in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Gallaudet University Alumni Association awarded her the Pauline “Polly” Peikoff “Service to Others” award in appreciation for her dedication to her local community and for the inspiring example she set.

Read more at https://www.gemcenter.org/about

Photo and information credit: The Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM) website

 
PAST PRESIDENTS

1971 - 1973
1973 - 1975
1975 - 1978
1979 - 1985
1985 - 1986
1986 - 1987
1987 - 1989
1989 - 1991
1991 - 1995
1995 - 1999
1999 - 2001
2001 - 2003
2003 - 2005
2005 - 2009
2009 - 2011
2011 - 2013
2013 - 2015
2015 - 2017
2017 - 2019

Rev. Bill Aulenbach
 

Georgia E. Morikawa
Dr. Wayne R. McKinney
Arthur A. Frank
Jeff Lambrecht
Joanne William
Paul Tomiyasu
Tom J. Posedly
Linda Lambrecht
Steve Laracuente
Jeff Lambrecht
Roy Balantac
Jonah Carino
Colleen Cidade
Billy Kekua
Colleen Cidade 
Billy Kekua/Darlene Ewan
Darlene Ewan

 
MISS DEAF HAWAI'I

1983 - 1985 
1985 - 1987
1987 - 1989
1989 - 1991 
1991 - 1993
1993 - 1995
1995 - 1997
1997 - 1999
1999 - 2001
2001 - 2003
2003 - 2005
2005 - 2007
2007 - 2009

2009 - 2011
2011 - 2013

2013 - 2015

2015 - 2017

Angenette Molina 
Vesta Saito 
Colleen Cidade 
Vanessa Eleccion 
Michiko Abagnale
Christine Akana
Kristine Hayashi
Vacant
Cassandra Quilit
Lovely-Joy Lopez
Shana Shimizu
Rellie Ann Garin
Vacant

Vacant
Chanel DePonte

Vacant

Mariah Dawn Punzalan

 
YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is a competition for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 18 to 30 within the deaf community currently residing in the United States. Contestants will compete against each other to determine who will be the next NAD Youth Ambassador. The Youth Ambassador will work with the NAD to implement a strategic plan that addresses a social issue(s) within the deaf community identified by the individuals during the competition. Moreover, the Ambassador will represent the NAD at presentations, workshops, the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), and other events within the deaf community.

 

This is pinnacle for all state Deaf associations to host YAP events to manifest emerging leaders of the future. We are looking forward for the new generations of leaders from our beautiful islands of Hawai'i.

2016 - 2018   Precious Bautista

 

INTERPRETER OF THE YEAR

1989
1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2013

2015

2017

Debbie Jackson
Valerie Miehstein
Jan Fried
Linda Miller
Sheryl Higa
Hugh Prickett
Tamar Costa
Susan Kroe
Patty Sakai

 


Sabina Wilford
Heather Benjamin

PUBLIC SERVANT

1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2013

2015

2017

Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Ann Kobayashi
Andy Mirikitani

Senator Chun-Oakland
Andy Mirikitani
Kathy Reimers
Rep. Brian Schatz
Senator Les Ihara


Arthur Frank

Representative James Tokioka

VOLUNTEER

1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2013

2015

2017

Sherman Dahl
Georgia E. Morikawa
Marie Fujii
Tisha Catekista
Mildred Garret
Gloria Ige
Betty Rose
Sue Sugimura
Laura Raiola

Nathan Holmes
Norman Galapin

AWARDS

GOLDEN HANDS

1983
1985
1987
1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2013

2015

2017

Sue Sugimura
Donald Hahn
Sign Express
Geogia E. Morikawa
Dr. Calvin Sia
Jim Fernandes
Ramona Harris
Valery O’ Brien
Marianne Chung
Linda Lambrecht
Francine Wai
Kristine Pagano


Francine Keyon

COMMUNITY SERVICE

1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2013

2015

2017

GTE Hawaiian Tel
Sign Times
Dana Romsdal
Tom Posedly
John Morton
Ed Chevy
Avis Kaminura
Norman Galapin
Erin Carino

 

 

SOS

Maui Deaf Friends

GEM YOUTH LEADERSHIP

1979

1980

1981

1983
1985
1987

1989
1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2001
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
2013

2015

2017

Arthur Newalu & Bernard Koko
Kevin Roming
Ami Tsuji
Carolyn Flores
Colette Cabral
Alan Alana
Karen Rama
Daniel Cho
Kristine Nassen
William Kekua
Cassandra Quilit
Relie Ann Garin
Shana Shimizu
Fredelyn Manangan
Jadon Chin
Vuong Ho


 

Lena Merrill

Precious Bautista