“In Hawaii it’s a kakou thing, isn’t it? Collaboration, working together and joint efforts can all be effective ways to solve seemingly unsolvable community problems.

Community organizations, nonprofits and families already know this. They know that creating working partnerships across our island chain is essential for creating outcomes that are effective and lasting.

Today’s realities of shrinking funding and expanding information insist we do better, that we work together to solve our deepest problems. Our government agencies must also work together and communicate effectively on programs and projects that have overlapping interests and goals.

For me, the experience of this past year and my work with two effective coalitions in Hawaii has helped me to see where we go right and where we go wrong when we try to tackle big problems.

Let’s take the problem of invasive species as an example.”

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