About

WHO WE ARE

Since 1983, Ku'ikahi Mediation Center has helped to bring about peaceful resolutions to conflicts in our communityfirst as a program of the YMCA of Hawai’i Island, and from 2006 as an independent non-profit organization.

Ku'ikahi Mediation Center provides a variety of dispute prevention and resolution services to our East Hawai'i community. We help individuals, families, organizations, businesses, schools, and others to find creative solutions to challenging situations.

Over 95% of our clients would recommend our services to others!

ABOUT OUR NAME & LOGO

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Ku‘ikahi means a treaty, covenant, agreement, feeling of unity, peace, reconciliation.(excerpted from the Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert)

What does our logo symbolize?

Designed by Eric Smith, our logo represents the hands of four people, two mediators and two mediation participants, coming together to find resolution.

OUR VISION & MISSION

OUR MISSION

We empower people to come together—to talk and to listen, to explore options, and to find their own best solutions.

To achieve this mission, we offer mediation, facilitation, and training to strengthen the ability of diverse individuals and groups to resolve interpersonal conflicts and community issues.

OUR VISION

A peaceful community where people routinely seek common ground.

OUR VALUES

Communication

Collaboration

Confidentiality

Courtesy

Competence

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Cheryl Matsumura

President
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Sandra Tokuuke

Vice President
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Twylla Baptiste

Treasurer
Rebecca Choi

Rebecca Choi

Secretary
Haidee Abe - adjusted

Haidee Abe

Director
Eric S. Anderson

Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Director
Jeri-Gertz

Jeri Gertz

Director
Jill Hasegawa - adjusted

Jill Hasegawa

Director
Julie Hugo

Julie Hugo

Director
James Kunimura

James "Jimi" Kunimura

Director & Assistant Treasurer
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Ha'aheo Kaho'ohalahala

Director
Cathy-Lowder

Cathy Lowder

Director
Shaunda Liu Makaimoku

Shaunda A.K. Liu Makaimoku

Director
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Andrew Wilson

Director Emeritus
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Jennifer Zelko-Schlueter

Director Emeritus

MEET OUR STAFF

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Julie Mitchell

Executive Director
julie@hawaiimediation.org
(808) 935-7844 ext. 5
Charity Norem

Charity Norem

Case Manager
charity@hawaiimediation.org
(808) 935-7844 ext. 2
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Melissa Kaapuni

Case Manager
melissa@hawaiimediation.org
(808) 935-7844 ext. 4
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Pending

Program Coordinator
(808) 935-7844 ext. 3
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Kaitlyn Lacombe

Administrative & Program Assistant
kaitlyn@hawaiimediation.org
(808) 935-7844 ext. 1
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Erika Ginnis

Landlord Tenant Mediation Specialist
landlordtenant@hawaiimediation.org
(808) 935-7844 ext. 8