Our annual gathering of Hawaiʻi’s nonprofit sector, was held on October 7 – 8.
HANOCON is our largest annual gathering of nonprofit professionals–as well as sector allies, supporters, and advocates–to network, learn, share ideas, collaborate, and partner. In 2021 the theme was Shifting Paradigms. We were inspired by the Native Hawaiian concept of makawalu, a way of seeing and understanding more than just what is before us. It is the vision and contemplation that allows us to see beyond now and prepare us for what is to come, to see the change that must take place before movement happens. Folks joined us to embrace makawalu as we began to shift paradigms in the nonprofit sector to honor, uplift and restore indigenous ways of thinking, knowing and being in Hawaiʻi.
In the spirit of Shifting Paradigms, we were pleased to have Edgar Villanueva join us for our opening plenary. Since fireside chats aren’t that common in Hawaiʻi, he talked story with Consuelo Foundation’s Dawn Mahi. Mahalo to Funder Hui for making this presentation possible.
Villanueva is an award-winning author, activist and expert on issues of race, wealth, and philanthropy. Villanueva is the Principal of the Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital and author of the bestselling book Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance (2018, 2021) and Money as Medicine: A Guided journal for Reflection and Action.
Learn more about Edgar’s views on leveraging philanthropy to decolonize wealth in this Nonprofit Quarterly article.
Mahi is from Kailua and Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu. She is the Senior Program Officer for Consuelo Foundation’s Hawaiʻi Programs and is grateful to support their partners across the pae ʻāina. Her work focuses on the liminal intersection of keiki and ʻohana wellbeing, resilience and culture, and her background is in community development in Kalihi, Central America and Washington State. She is the author of several articles and essays, including “Kalihi Calls” in The Value of Hawaiʻi II.
Dawn serves our community as a member of the Judicial Selection Commission and board member for the nonprofit Kauluakalana, and believes in the power of food and talk story to transform community.We’ve got an exciting lineup planned, with a focus on reframing the way we think about work in the nonprofit sector.