Renaissance of Inclusion Continues- Full Life Artists Celebrate Diverse Abilities and Explore Entrepreneurship in the Arts!

Full Life sponsors Abled Hawai’i Artists 12th Annual Art Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza 10am-3pm.

Join us for the largest celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Hawai’i!  Abled Hawai’i Artists (#AHA2019) celebrate diverse abilities and promote employment in the arts!  Our Full Life artist from all over Hawai’i Island will be sharing their passion and selling their unique arts and crafts.  For more information, contact AHA organizer Mar Ortaleza at #fullifehi #ahaarts808 #renaissanceofinclusion

Check out the Facebook event page:

And there’s a flashmob:  <dancing human emoji>



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GIVE ALOHA: Foodland September Donation Drive

During September, make a donation to Full Life at any Sack N Save, Foodland, or Malama Market checkout, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization too!


Our code is: 78956

How to Donate:

1) Shop at Sack N Save or Foodland.

2) Show your Maika‘i card to the cashier at checkout.

3) tell the cashier our code (78956) and the amount of your donation (up to $249)

4) Review your receipt to confirm the following appears:

  • Our organizations name: Full Life
  • Your donation amount
  • Your Maika‘i number

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities on the Big Island!


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Full Life Hawai’i seeks Program Coordinator- East Hawai’i Island

Program Coordinator -Developmental Disabilities (East Hawaii)

Full Life is seeking one Full Time Program Coordinator/Service Supervisor responsible for supervision of Direct Support Workers who work one-on-one with individuals with developmental disabilities in their homes, communities and workplaces. The Program Coordinator ensures that service delivery meets standards of quality and all internal and external regulations.


Primary responsibilities are:

1. Assuring that Direct Support Workers have the skills and tools to provide personal assistance that helps each individual we support reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

2. Writing individual plans per Full Life policy, entering monthly supervision visit notes into a data base.

3. Creating data collection templates based on the individual plan.

4. Attending and participating in annual goal setting meetings for each person on your case load.

5. Reviewing time sheets, data collection and associated costs requests from Direct Support Workers twice a month to assure compliance with state regulations and Full Life policy.

6. Understanding and adhering to state regulations, high quality standards and Full Life policies.

7. Maintaining and building relationships with clients, Direct Support Workers, families and community stakeholders.  8. Supervision of staff, scheduling, hiring, coordinating schedules


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Must have knowledge about developmental disabilities and/or be willing and able to gain that knowledge through experience, training and research.

2. Must have excellent computer knowledge and ability, and knowledge of MS Word and Outlook.

3. Must have effective verbal and written communication skills, including grammar and spelling proficiency.

4. Must have strong organizational and teamwork skills.

5. Must be able to give and receive information, prepare written materials, and create and carry out action plans.

6. Must be able to multi-task effectively

7. Must be able to meet deadlines under pressure

8. Must be able to represent Full Life in a professional manner


Other Requirements of this position:

1. Current Two Step TB clearance.

2. Current CPR and First Aid Certification.

3. Current Driver’s License with valid automobile insurance and reliable personal transportation (mileage reimbursement).

4. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school in a related field or a BA in a non-related field with at least one year of related DD experience.


Upon hire you will be required to pass a background check required by State Contract


Days/Hours of Work:  This position is essentially a Monday through Friday daytime position 40 hours a week.  However, to effectively supervise the Direct Service Workers some hours after 5:00 and weekend hours will be necessary in order to do on-site visits when the DSW is working.  This position also requires being On-call for after hours/weekend emergencies.


Communication Demands:  This position requires oral and written communication with supervisor, employees, co-workers, families, participants, and government agencies. Must have the ability to accept and give constructive criticism. Must keep communication open and clear between all parties (supervisor, participant, family, government agency, DSW).


Please email a cover letter and resume to with the subject line PROGRAM COORDINATOR HILO.



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Full Life Sponsors Hawai’i Island Emergency Preparedness Training- Waimea Health Center


Self-Advocacy Advisory Council (SAAC) Presents:

Feeling Safe, Being Safe (FSBS) Emergency Preparedness Training

Sponsored by:

Full Life Hawai’i


WHAT:  SAAC is providing emergency preparedness training to individuals with developmental disabilities.

WHY:  SAAC is using tools that were made by people with disabilities. We want people to take charge and be safe and prepared for an emergency.

HOW:  Each participant will complete a Feeling Safe, Being Safe worksheet and magnet. They will also learn how to put an emergency kit together.


WHEN:  Waimea Friday, October 5, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm

               some snacks & beverages provided

WHERE: Waimea Health Center (building behind the courthouse)

               67-5189 Kamamalu Street Kamuela, HI 96743

RSVP REQUIRED, BY:   Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (808) 935-7699

Those requiring accommodations must submit their request by Monday, September 24, 2018.  For social media, below is the event page:


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Full Life Hawai’i seeks Employment Service Coordinator- East Hawai’i Island

Employment Service Coordinator – Disabilities (Hilo) 


Full Life is seeking an Employment Specialists to join our dynamic team at a flourishing non-profit organization on Hawaii Island. Part-time with potential for Full-time. The employment specialist will train and supervise staff and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the following activities:

1) on-going job coaching services to include on-the-job work skills training and systematic instruction required to perform the job;
2) person-centered employment planning;
3) job development, carving, or customization;
4) negotiations with prospective employers;
5) assistance for self-employment including identifying potential business opportunities and developing a business plan;
6) worksite visits as needed by the individual or employer to assess for new needs and to proactively support the participant to address issues that arise;
7) ongoing evaluation of the individual’s job performance;
8) individualized problem-solving/advising with the participant about issues that could affect maintaining employment;
9) training in skills to communicate disability-related work support and accommodation needs;
10) assessing the need for basic job aids, facilitating referral through the participant’s DOH-DDD case manager for assistive technology assessment and acquisition of assistive technology from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation;
11) facilitating referral through the DOH-DDD case manager to a Discovery & Career Planning provider for financial literacy, money management and budgeting;
12) providing information and training (benefits counseling)
13) training in arranging and using transportation, such as fixed route public transportation or paratransit services to get to and from the participant’s place of employment;
14) career advancement services.

EDUCATION & WORK REQUIREMENTS: Certification in rehabilitation counseling OR a Bachelor’s Degree in any field and two (1) year of experience assisting job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities in acquiring competitive integrated employment. Two (2) years of supervisory experience preferred.

EMPLOYMENT CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicable background checks; HI State criminal check, TB clearance, CAN clearance, cpr & first aid, verification of education, driver’s license and insurance cards.

Part-Time benefits include mileage reimbursement

Please email a cover letter and resume to with the subject line EMPLOYMENT SERVICE COORDINATOR.



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Full Life Sponsors Hawai’i Island Emergency Preparedness Training

Self-Advocacy Advisory Council (SAAC) Presents:

Feeling Safe, Being Safe (FSBS) Emergency Preparedness Training

Sponsored by:

Full Life Hawai’i


WHAT:  SAAC is providing emergency preparedness training to individuals with developmental disabilities.

WHY:  SAAC is using tools that were made by people with disabilities. We want people to take charge and be safe and prepared for an emergency.

HOW:  Each participant will complete a Feeling Safe, Being Safe worksheet and magnet. They will also learn how to puT an emergency kit together.


WHEN:  HILO Friday, June 1, 2018 10:30am-1:30pm  some snacks & beverages provided

WHERE:  Hawai’i Innovation Center at Hilo 117 Keawe St.

RSVP REQUIRED, BY:   Wednesday, May 30, 2018   (808) 935-7699


WHEN:  KONA Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:30am-1:30pm  some snacks & beverages provided

RSVP REQUIRED, BY: Monday, June 4, 2018   (808) 322-9333

WHERE:  Old Kona Airport Pavilion (end of Kuakini Hwy)


Those requiring accommodations must submit their request by Monday, May 28, 2018.  For social media, below are the event pages:

  1. Hilo-
  2. Kona-


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$100 Hiring Bonus- Direct Support Professionals- Kona & North Hawai’i Island

$100 Hiring Bonus for Kona and North Hawai’i Island

Full Life is seeking Direct Support Professionals for persons with developmental disabilities in Hilo, Kona, Waimea, and Honokaa. We have immediate part time, Full Time and on-call openings for caregivers to provide one on one support for individuals, both out in the community and in their homes. Some on call positions in Kona will be offered a stipend for being available to cover certain days. Duties include helping participants obtain their goals, participating in various hobbies, health and safety, and community events. Some positions require assisting with personal care and medication assistance. Experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities is helpful, but not required as we provide training for the right people.

Applicants must have GED or high school diploma, be able to pass a criminal background check and have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving abstract, current automobile registration, insurance and safety check. Other requirements for working with our participants are current CPR-First Aid certificate and 2 step TB clearance (we will assist you getting these requirements.)

Full Life is a great organization to work for. Benefits include Medical, Drug and Vision, and Hawaii Dental Service Insurance for employees working 20 or more hours per week. In addition, we also offer a 401k plan, mileage reimbursements and paid time off.

Visit our website at or Facebook Full Life Hawaii to learn more about the valuable work our organization is doing for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

Join our team and make a real difference in someone’s life.

Please contact our office at 935-7699 to inquire about the position.

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2018 Full Life Fundraiser: Magic Show, Arts & Crafts

SAVE THE DATE – March 10, 2018 for a Full Life benefit event at the Palace Theater in Hilo, a celebration of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month!

This Magical evening for the whole family will include Josie the Jokester (Full Life participant) performing a comedy routine and Full Life artist entrepreneurs. Net proceeds from the ticket sales will be divided with Full Life/AHA, Bruce Meyers the magician, and the Palace Theater.  Mahalo nui loa to Ke Ola Magazine, our advertising sponsor!

Please share with your friends and our supporters and go to our Facebook Event Page for more information!

2018 Annual Participant Awards & Celebration- ALL WINNERS!

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On Saturday, February 10th, Full Life celebrated its eighteenth year of providing robust support services to our Hawai’i Island ‘ohana who have intellectual disabilities!
Well attended by participants, family members, support staff, Board of Directors and community supporters, the theme of this year’s event was “The Roaring 20’s”.  The Waimea Community Center was transformed into the richness and rave reminiscent of that era; everyone received either a pearl necklace or gold bow tie! An Italian buffet with heart-shaped pasta was served with heart-themed desserts.
During the program, participants received certificates of recognition for their outstanding achievements!  Pauline Aughe, who served seven years on the Board and chaired the Outreach and Fundraising Committee was honored with this year’s “Mana I Ke Leo” (Power of the Voice) Award!  Mar Ortaleza, Employment Services and Outreach Coordinator, a member of the Outreach and Fundraiser Committee, Program Committee, who also took on the Interim Director of Programs position, was also acknowledged for his accomplishments which included being the very first awardee of the Outstanding Advocate of the Year for the East Hawai’i Island Disability Legislative Forum.
We were treated to a wonderful preview magic show by Bruce and Jennifer Meyers.  Our very own Josie “The Jokester” opened the program with her funny jokes. Fans were given out to everyone, a promotion for our upcoming annual magic show fundraiser, themed “Wonder without Limits” on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7pm-9pm at the historic Hilo Palace Theater! 
Finally, our Full Life entrepreneurs had their own room where they successfully sold their art and crafts.  A fabulous photo booth was a the backdrop to this year’s fun event! We extend a big mahalo nui loa to the many people who made this event a success! 

Pua Na Pua 2nd Annual art Festival- This Saturday!


This art fair is the first of its kind in West Hawaii, and will inclusively celebrate the contributions of both artists with development disabilities and artists without developmental disabilities, with booths available to artists of all abilities. The event will feature arts, crafts, and artisanal items, live music, demos, a silent auction and more.


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Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM


Pua Na Pua raises fund to continue this unique all-inclusive art festival in West Hawai’i Island, through a silent auction.  Bid on Gift Certificates to the best local restaurants, gift certificates for healing therapies, beautiful fine art, and several Hawaii Island Adventure Packages. 

Free Art Demonstrations at the FREE ART AREA!

  •  10:00-1:30      Donkey Mill Art Center- card making
  • 10:30-11:00    Mystic Bees Art Making Therapy                
  • 1:00-1:00  Mystic Bees Art Making Therapy 

25 Artisan Vendors! – Perfect for Handmade Holiday Gifts 

  •  Andrea Pro
  • Dustin Omori
  • Raphaela Shvartsman
  • Joshua Black
  • Gloria Mykylbust
  • Don Slocum
  • Charlene Medeiros
  • Kau Kauila Haumea
  • Dennett Sonoda
  • Louie Perry III
  • Yen Nyguen
  • Victoria Murray
  • Joshua Pratt
  • Raven abd Dover Abrams
  • Daylan Toribio
  • Linda Huff
  • Pat “Pineapple” Fields
  • Kilgore Natural Gem Ore
  • Maja’s Magic
  • Justin Landry
  • Dorrit Williams
  • Brenda Meriwether

Outstanding Entertainment Lineup!

  •  Kaonohiokalaniokala and the Sisters of Sacred Heart Beat
  • Tuesday’s Child
  • Na Kupuna O Kona Hema
  • Bolo Mikiela Rodrigues
  • Hula Halau Makanani
  • Joanie Collins

Great Silent Auction Items – another great idea for holiday gifts!

Gift Certificates

  •  Kayas
  • Daylight Mind
  • Strawberry Patch
  • Habaneros
  • Jackie Reys
  • Huggos Sunnyside Up
  • Teshimas
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Krua Thai
  • Velofix mobile Bike repair
  • Jacks Diving Locker
  • Hawaii Forest and Trail
  • Hawaii Float therapy session
  • Polarity Balance – energy healing work session

Adventures and Activities

  •  ATV Outfitters guided waterfall and rainforest trail
  • Body Glove Cruises- any cruise!
  • Captain Zodiac Raft Expedition – any adventure!
  • UFO Parasailing
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • KapahoKine Adventures
  • Atlantis Adventures

Beautiful Fine Art

  •  Gary Eoff – fishhook necklace
  • Miho Morinoue – Woodcut Print
  • Hiroki Morinoue – Woodcut Print Series of 5
  • Robert Corsair – Woodblock Print Pochoir
  • Dover and Raven Abrams – painting, ceramic bowl

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