Full Life Celebrates 20 Years of inclusion: “Renaissance of Inclusion” Video Project

Full Life Hawai’i: Individualized and Island-wide; Celebrating 20 Years, in 2020!

Full Life believes that every person, regardless of ability, deserves to lead a happy, fulfilled and self-determined life based on their own individual strengths, preferences and dreams.

At Full Life Hawai’i, we are inspired by the people we support, and we want to share that with you the only way we know how: Through the empowered voices and passionate creativity of the people we support!

Renaissance of Inclusion Video Project is a vision of Mar Ortaleza, Full Life Director of Programs, and organizer of Abled Hawai’i Artists(AHA). As a Direct Support Worker, Mar assisted an aspiring nature photographer refine his passion and gift of taking underwater pictures into a micro-enterprise. This collaboration inspired Mar to establish an annual art festival for artists of diverse abilities to celebrate their creative expression, and provide them with opportunities to explore entrepreneurship in the arts! In 2008, Abled Hawai’i Artists(AHA) was established in 2008; an inclusive celebration of abilities and promotion of entrepreneurship in the arts! Annually occurring on the third Saturday of July, AHA is the largest celebration of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the Hawaiian Islands.

The many successes and life challenges of artists with nuanced abilities fascinated Mar, who is inspired to share their stories. Through the Renaissance of Inclusion Project, Mar and our participants collaborated with a local team of music composers, filmmakers, along with co-advocates, allies and natural supports to bring out the ideas, personal messages and life narrative of people with disabilities! The results are short video clips that share a glimpse of people who are passionate about their lives on Hawai’i Island.

Don’t Give Up” is the first clip of our Renaissance of Inclusion video project, featuring Louie Perry, III, who was our first employment Services Program participant in 2011. Louie is the inspiration that established Abled Hawai’i Artists. In 2011, Louie also represented USA in World Special Olympics at Athens, Greece, taking home three individual gold medals and a silver in relay in cross country!  Since then, he has been a volunteer coach for Keau’au and Kamehameha boys cross country teams. Louie lives a full life continuing to run, and pursuing his nature photography microenterprise!

Full Life’s collaboration with Abled Hawai’i Artists (AHA808) and a variety of community organizations that believe communities are stronger when we empower all our members, whatever their abilities is: #renaissanceofinclusion

To support Full Life and the #renaissanceofinclusion, or for more information, please contact: Mar@ fulllifehawaii.org or ahaarts808@gmail.com

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In September, support Full Life to continue another 20 years of “Renaissance of Inclusion” , by making a donation with the cashier at any Foodland, Sack N Save and Malama Markets across Hawai’i!

 

 

FABMOB ALERT: Participant/DSP Duo Performing Artists Organize Flashmob to Celebrate Diverse Abilities 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 promotes employment in the arts!  Our Full Life artists from all over Hawai’i Island will be sharing their passion and selling unique arts and crafts.

Full Life participant/Direct Support Profession duo of Daylan and Vince choreographed this year’s #ahafabmob to Salt and Peppah’s “Push It”.  Want to learn the flahmob

Flashmob tutorials:     <dancing human emoji>

For more information, contact AHA organizer Mar Ortaleza at ahaarts808@gmail.com. #fullifehi #ahaarts808 #renaissanceofinclusion

Check out the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/292950674973660/

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Make it a Full Life!

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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 ahaarts808@gmail.com. #fullifehi #ahaarts808 #renaissanceofinclusion

Check out the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2346025189020105/

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/292950674973660/

 

 

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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! 

Annual Participant Awards & Celebration- WINNERS!

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On January 14th, Full Life celebrated its seventeenth year of providing service to our Big Island community members in East and West Hawaii.  Well attended by participants, family members, and support staff and community members, the theme of this year’s event was the Oscars.  Participants received certificates of recognition for their outstanding achievements and, in addition, each participant received an Oscars award!  We extend a big mahalo nui loa to the many people who made this event a success.    
Aloha,
Full Life Ohana
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Annual Awards Celebration: RSVP January 11, 2017 – Lights! Camera! PARTY!

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Aloha Full Life Participants, Direct Support Professionals, and circle of Supports!

Hope your holiday was peaceful and full of aloha!  Please provide your RSVP by Monday, January 11, 2017 :

*  East Hawai’i can RSVP with Emily at (808)  935-7699 or Emily@fulllifehawaii.org.
*  West Hawai’i can RSVP with Barbara at (808)  933-3222 or Barbara@fulllifehawaii.org.
We look forward to congratulating our participants on their awards, and celebrating our superstar professional and circle of supports – Hollywood style!
Have a cheerful and fantastic new year!
Aloha,
Full Life Ohana
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Annual Participant Awards & Supports Celebration: Lights! Camera! PARTY!

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Aloha Full Life Participants, Direct Support Professionals, Community and circle of Supports!  Join us for our annual Awards Celebration party, themed “Hollywood Oscar Party”!   There will be Participant awards for individual accomplishments, giveaways, food and other festivities!

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 3, 2017:
*  East Hawai’i can RSVP with Emily at (808)  935-7699 or Emily@fulllifehawaii.org.
*  West Hawai’i can RSVP with Barbara at (808)  933-3222 or Barbara@fulllifehawaii.org.
We look forward to congratulating our participants on their awards, and celebrating our superstar professional, community and circle of supports – Hollywood style!
Full Life Ohana
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CANCELLED: Hilo Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

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ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR- CANCELLED
 
We are sorry to inform you that the Full Life second annual “Chill Before you First Fri” arts and crafts fair THIS FRIDAY at our Hilo office has been CANCELLED. 
For more information, contact Emily Twidwell at (808)  935-7699 or Emily@fulllifehawaii.org .
Buying on Amazon?  Give twice – FREE – when making your online purchase, please click on this link:  AMAZON SMILES.  .05% of your purchase will be donated to Full Life!
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Happy Holiday and Aloha,
Full Life Ohana
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2016 FINAL EVENT: “Chill Before you First Friday” Arts & Crafts- POSTPONED!

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Aloha Full Life Ohana!
Join us for our final event in 2016!  Full Life second annual “Chill Before you First Fri” arts and crafts fair has a variety of unique gifts for your giving, FRIDAY December 9th at our Hilo office 4pm-6pm.
For more information, contact Emily Twidwell at (808)  935-7699 or Emily@fulllifehawaii.org .
Buying on Amazon?  Give twice – FREE – when making your online purchase, please click on this link:  AMAZON SMILES.  .05% of your purchase will be donated to Full Life!
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Happy Holiday and Aloha,
Full Life Ohana
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2016 FINAL EVENT: First Friday “Chill Before you First Friday” Arts & Crafts

JOIN US!
 
Aloha Full Life Ohana!
Join us for our final event in 2016!  Full Life second annual “Chill Before you First Fri” arts and crafts fair has a variety of unique gifts for your giving, THIS FRIDAY at our Hilo office 4pm-6pm.
For more information, contact Emily Twidwell at (808)  935-7699 or Emily@fulllifehawaii.org .
Buying on Amazon?  Give twice – FREE – when making your online purchase, please click on this link:  AMAZON SMILES.  .05% of your purchase will be donated to Full Life!
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Happy Holiday and Aloha,
Full Life Ohana
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