A Conversation with Mark Kawika Patterson, Part 1

Mark Kawika Patterson served as Warden of the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, at the time this segment was shot. Currently, he heads the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility.

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A Conversation with Mark Kawika Patterson, Part 2

In part 2, former Warden Mark Kawika Patterson speaks about the women’s creative writing project called the Prison Monologues, where incarcerated women write honestly about their past experiences. They then perform their work at schools, in hope to influence and inspire the younger generation to make better choices with their lives. This project represents these women’s efforts to give back to the community.

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A Conversation with Ernie Libarios Sr.

Ernest “Ernie” Libarios Sr., retired counselor at Leeward Community College for over 40 years, was one of the most popular professors on campus, due to his easy-going, warm, and genuine personality. In this interview, Ernie gives a wonderful history of an immigrant extended family in Hawai’i, as he narrates his own life story growing up on a variety of plantations on the Island of Hawaii.

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A Conversation with Kat Brady, Part 2

Running time approx. 32 min

In Part 2, Kat Brady, Coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP), further explains how the community can create a more effective and cost-efficient criminal justice system through Smart Justice policies.  As an example of Smart Justice, CAP introduced Justice Reinvestment to the Hawai’i State Legislature and succeeded in promoting passage of subsequent bills in 2012.  Justice Reinvestment will streamline the criminal justice system process and reallocate existing funds from incarceration to re-entry community programs, including parole and probation work.

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A Conversation with Kat Brady, Part 1

Running time approx. 30 minutes

Kat Brady is the Coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP), an organization that educates the people and lawmakers of Hawai’i about justice issues.  Whether sponsoring conferences or presenting testimony at the State Legislature, CAP advocates for solutions that have been proven and are scientifically sound.  Through educating the community on Smart Justice policies and Smart solutions/alternatives, CAP encourages people to look at the criminal justice system and society holistically.  This comprehensive approach has been proven to be cost-effective in decreasing crime, reducing imprisoned populations, and builds safer communities.

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A Conversation with Toni Bissen, Part 2

Running time approx. 28 minutes

In Part 2 of this two-part interview, Toni further discusses the Pu’a Foundation’s work at the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC), including sponsoring the Prison Monologues, live performances based on the writings of incarcerated women. The all-female prisoner cast of the Prison Monologues performs their own writings at schools, community organizations, universities, and government agencies, sharing true stories about their lives, their fears, their relationships with their families, and their personal transformation.

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A Conversation with Toni Bissen, Part 1

Running time approx. 28 minutes

Toni Bissen is Executive Director of the Pu’a Foundation, a charitable organization that was established in 1996 as a result of the apology, redress, and reconciliation between the Native Hawaiian people and the United Church of Christ (UCC) for the Church’s complicity involved with the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Constitutional Monarchy.  The Foundation’s vision is that through pu’a, the process of feeding, nourishing and strengthening, there will be the emergence of empowered, enlightened communities and society.  Its aspiration is community healing and well-being to reconcile the past with the present, so that as a Hawai’i community, together we can build a better future.

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A Conversation with Dr. RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda

Running time approx. 38 minutes

RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda, the Director of the Office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships at Chaminade University, received her PhD in political science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  Her dissertation, “The Colonial Carceral and Prison Politics in Hawai’i,” analyzes the historical and contemporary ways that policy, representation, and discourse perpetuate and enable the criminalization and over-incarceration of Hawaiians.  Her professional background spans a range of disciplines, including law and policy, research, and community education.  RaeDeen’s passion to contribute toward the well-being of Hawaiians drives her commitments in both her professional and community work.

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A Conversation with Dr. Lynette Hi’ilani Cruz, Part 2

Running time approx. 28 minutes

In Part 2, we begin with a five-minute clip of Dr. Lynette Cruz discussing the pedagogical value of student field trips, a teaching method raised in Part 1.  What is most striking about Dr. Cruz is her thoughtful approach to life and to politics.  Her social justice work centers on understanding people’s relationship to the land and relationship to each other as key to finding solutions to the larger issues.

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A Conversation with Dr. Lynette Hi’ilani Cruz, Part 1

Running time approx. 28 minutes

Lynette Hi’ilani Cruz, a retired professor of anthropology at Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU), is a long-time community organizer and strong advocate for Hawaiian independence.  Whether working on issues of homelessness, respecting the land, sustainability, or Hawaiian sovereignty, Lynette educates by integrating an awareness of the land (‘aina) with knowledge of the history and of the national and cultural identity of that place/site.

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