We Are Hawaii

In Hawai‘i, we have a special way of sharing our deepest thoughts and emotions. 
We are open with family, close friends and others we trust. We don’t like to draw attention to ourselves, make waves, or get anyone in trouble. That’s why it’s important to be advocates for each other, encourage each other to be courageous, and strive to continually improve the quality of work life for everyone.

Breaking the Silence

The Safe Spaces and Workplaces Initiative has gathered authentic stories from employers willing to share their challenges with creating safe spaces and workplaces. For many, it is new territory. Employers may want to do more, but may not know what to do. For the first time, individual employees feel emboldened to come forward to share their stories, too.

The names of the organization and the employees have been withheld or changed to protect their privacy, but the details of the real-life stories have been included so that others can learn from their experiences. We have the ability to create change.

Our Story

The Safe Spaces and Workplaces Initiative was born out of lived experience and need. Although the origin can be traced to the experiences of two Hawai‘i women and their desire to be a part of creating a better future for our community, it is shared story among many individuals.

Find out more about personal stories of Rachael Wong and Karen Tan.

Read Our Story


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