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Overview of the 2012 Family Financial Empowerment Symposium

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Kahua O Ke Ola Foundations for Prosperity the 2012 Family Financial Empowerment Symposium – the follow up to the December 2010 Hawai‘i Asset Building Symposium-- will be held on O‘ahu from Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (late afternoon start) to Friday, June 29, 2012. The Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Coalition ( will be participating in the symposium. The CFE Coalition is comprised of the City/County governments from New York, San Francisco, Chicago, County of Hawai‘i, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Providence, San Antonio, Savannah, and Seattle.  Hawai'i County is the only county involved in CFE.

*Group discounts and partial scholarships are available to Windward O'ahu residents. Please e-mail for more info.

  • (Photo) Bob Friedman (Founder & Chair for CFED), Mayor Billy Kenoi (Hawaii Island), and Jose Cisneros (Treasurer of the City & County of San Francisco) at the 2010 Asset Building Symposium, "Springboard to Prosperity."

The 2012 Symposium will engage participants from Hawai‘i’s:

public sector (federal, state, city/county),
private sector (businesses, financial institutions, and philanthropy), and 
community sector (community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and families) in dialogue around effectively using a network approach to increasing family and community self sufficiency across the islands.

Participants will have a chance to look at the challenges and opportunities related to multi-sector approaches to asset development policy, programs, projects, and funding and financing strategies. The Symposium will also include an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in community to explore place-based asset building strategies and interact with families in the setting and context of their own communities. The 2010 Symposium set the foundation for such initiatives as the development of in Hawai‘i; the launch of the Kids Savings Initiative across Hawai‘i Island; establishment of Ho‘owaiwai Network – Hawai‘i Island; in addition to a range of individual community-based asset building initiatives. The 2012 Symposium will continue this focus on action to move on policy and practice initiatives that increase the ability of Hawai‘i’s families and communities to have choice and control over their future.

Date: Wednesday, June 27th to Friday, June 29th, 2012 
Location: Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort & Spa- Honolulu, HI (O’ahu)
Who should attend: Community practitioners, policymakers, families, youth, financial institutions, private sector entities and other key stakeholders who are interested in organizing around actions that address asset poverty and build the wealth and financial stability of Hawai‘i’s working families.

Organized by the Ho’owaiwai Network and HACBED.
If you are interested in funding or sponsorship opportunities for this symposium or require more information, please contact or call 808-550-2661.

"As a resident of Hawaiian Homes I have a protective concern about my neighbors and my neighborhood. Sometimes this tends to become a defensive attitude, an oddly colored pride. And that tends to isolate me from the rest of the world. Attending HACBED's symposiums and networking seminars, to me personally, provides a double-hulled vehicle for discovery. It is certainly a discovery of others who share my concerns and feel strongly about making their own communities wiser and wealthier. Better yet, many attendees have already ventured upon an ocean of experience and are prepared to point out which stars they used for guidance. My exposure and connection to these people with heartfelt interests and like-minded goals is where empowerment begins. I just have to keep paddling." --Hawaiian Homestead resident, Jim Cisler

MAHALO to our sponsors & supporters!

-American Savings Bank 
-Community Stabilization Initiative
-Consuelo Foundation 
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
-Kosasa Family Foundation
-Marguerite Casey Foundation  
-Pacific Rim Bank
-Shidler College of Business
-Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE)
-Hawaiian Homes Commission
-U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Initiative

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