Welcome! Join us for another innovative year!
The Association of Conflict Resolution-Hawaii (ACR-Hawaii) is a member based non-profit organization and recognized chapter of the National Association of Conflict Resolution.
Our mission: To promote and support peaceful conflict resolution and collaborative decision making at all levels in our society whether in our home, school, ohana, workplace, or community.
We are mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, child and family advocates, peace educators, problem solvers and concerned citizens all dedicated in meaningful ways to the pursuit of peace, and to the development and support of peacemakers thought educational programs and services provided to our membership and community.
Member Spotlight - Karen Cross and Interview with Julie Mitchell
On May 1, 2013, Board member Giueseppe Leone interviewed Julie Mitchell, Executive Director of the Ku'ikahi Mediation Center in Hilo, Hawaii, via Skype about the programs at her center. Started as a program of the YMCA on Hawai'i Island, the KMC became an independent non-profit organization. They provide affordable mediation services with professionally trained mediators, facilitation services for a variety of groups, as well as trainings and workshops to the communities of East Hawai'i.
Watch the 13-minute interview below.
ACR-Hawaii Board member and Past President, Karen Cross was honored and recognized on Saturday, May 4th, as one of three pioneers of mediation in Hawaii, at Under a Mediation Moon, a benefit to support the work of The Mediation Center of the Pacific. Chief Justice Ronald Moon (Ret.) and Keith Hunter shared the spotlight with Karen on this festive evening filled with wine, good food and song. Singing to the tune of All my Loving, the crowd lovingly sang her praises in a song that details her life and many accomplishments. Congratulations, Karen!
Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 May 2013 02:10)
Successful Closing Workshop Review
ACR Hawaii and the HSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section presented the second in a series of skill-building workshops focusing on the techniques and practices for bringing complex and multi-party disputes to successful resolution.
Last Updated (Monday, 06 May 2013 22:39)
Review: The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Darkness and desperation seems to pervade much of the world today, especially in the Middle Eastern region. People struggle to establish some stability for themselves. Alongside bombings, poverty, and injustice, life must continue – filled with mundane errands, personal journeys of fulfillment, and love. Religious wars and unjust policies crash against talks at a local café and shopping trips. The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti brings this juxtaposition to the forefront by following the life of one Palestinian boy, Ichmad Hamid, with a natural talent for math.
Last Updated (Saturday, 04 May 2013 22:34)
Virtual Mediation Lab Update – May 2013
Since January 2012, when Virtual Mediation Lab, a pilot project sponsored by ACR-Hawaii, was officially launched, more than 100 online mediation simulations via Skype were conducted with mediators from 25 countries.
Most Recent Developments
May 15, 2013 - Seeking Volunteer Mediators for Exploring the Next Frontier of Online Mediation - Mobile Mediation for details see: http://goo.gl/YEV8D
The 2 goals of our new project are:
Last Updated (Thursday, 16 May 2013 19:21)
CEED Workshop a Success
ACR Hawaii Board member Dr. Kerrie Urosevich and Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng presented a Ceeds of Peace workshop with the Montessori Community School on February 10, 2013. The workshop brought together approximately 90 teachers, families and community members to gain skills in supporting children and youth to be peacebuilding leaders in their communities. Peacebuilders possess the critical “c”s of peacebuilding such as, complex problem solving, critical thinking, compassion, creativity, collaborative leadership and courage. Participants learned how to model the Ceeds and plant the Ceeds to ultimately achieve safe and thriving homes, schools and communities.
Last Updated (Saturday, 04 May 2013 23:15)
Year in Review
As 2012 draws to a close and the Annual Meeting and Wine Tasting is pau, (see the year in review video here) there are many people that need to be recognized. Mahalo to Maya Soetoro-Ng for her inspirational message and to Diana Warrington and Ali Silvert for donating the latin wines from Saibene and Silvert, LLC. Thank you to our 2012 ACR-Hawaii President, Diana Warrington, for her enlightened leadership. Even during some of the most challenging times she continued to provide and promote the development of peacemakers in Hawaii and cultivated the 2013 ACR-Hawaii leadership. It is exciting to look forward to the fresh ideas of 2013 ACR-Hawaii President Anne Smoke of the Matsunaga Peace Institute at University of Hawaii.
ACR-Hawaii also had several members on the national spotlight. Hawaii’s Frances Mossman , has been a director-at-large on the Board of the National ACR. Frances is President of the Hawaii International Dispute Resolution Group LLC, and is a Planning and Policy Consultant, who has over forty-five years of combined experience in national security and defense, international relations and domestic programs at the federal, state, regional and local levels of government. She specializes in urban development, infrastructure, land use planning, legislation and policies and procedures. In the summer issue of ACR Resolution she shared her perspectives in the article “Public Disputes: A Growth Industry. How Will the ACR Industry Respond?” Interesting reading.
Also in the national and international spotlight was 2013 Board Member Giuseppe Leone for his creation and development of the Virtual Mediation Lab (VML). Late in November the Hawaii State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution, led by Lou Chang partnered to put on a demonstration for a national audience.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 April 2013 02:40)