BIG ISLAND MEDIATION

aka West Hawaii Mediation Center   |   Kamuela, HI   |  www.whmediation.org

Mission

West Hawai'i Mediation Center empowers individuals,organizations and communities to deal with conflict by providing mediation,facilitation and education services.

We serve the West side of Hawaii Island.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Zaheva Knowles JD

Main address

65-1291 Kawaihae Road Suite 202

Kamuela, HI 96743 USA

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EIN

99-0343488

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Dispute Resolution/Mediation Services (I51)

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Community Mediation

WHMC’s community mediation services are at the core of the work we do. In FY 2015-16, WHMC provided mediation services for 408 cases, serving approximately 835 individual clients. Of those cases, 256 were court-referred–Circuit Court (58 cases), District Court (151 cases) and Family Court (47 cases)–and 152 were self-referred or referred by other sources. More than 40% of our clients had household incomes of $20,652 or less. Of those surveyed, more than 90% were satisfied with the process and more than 70% of those that we serves. The quantifiable results show that WHMC’s programs help reduce court congestion and provide critical pathways to justice for those who otherwise might lack access; the intangible impact is fostering meaningful opportunities for participants to develop important life-skills that help to reduce stress and anxiety, and build stronger relationships. No one is denied service due to an inability to pay.

Population(s) Served

The Peer Mediation program at WHMC aims to equip Hawaii Island youth in grades K-12 with conflict resolution skills that will enable them to constructively solve problems in their lives, their communities and the world. WHMC believes that by teaching kids to think creatively about resolving their differences with others, we can prepare them to address more complex problems in adulthood as consensus-builders and community leaders.
The purpose of our project is to reduce the unresolved conflict in our partner schools by a) providing access to a safe, confidential, youth-centered form of conflict resolution, and b) empowering youth with essential life skills that will allow them to navigate conflict in positive and productive ways. We currently partner with 14 schools throughout West Hawaii and directly or indirectly impact more than 5,210 students. Our data indicates that over 90% of our peer mediations result in an agreement and over 85% of disputants are satisfied with the mediation process.

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BIG ISLAND MEDIATION

Board of directors
as of 2/14/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

A. Giovanna Gherardi

No affiliation

Term: Dec 2016 -

Margarita Scheffel Treasurer

No Affiliation

Jan Marrack

Ruth Smith

Katherine Werner Executive Director

North Hawaii Hospice

Michael Zola

Elizabeth Strance Of Counsel

Cades Schutte LLP

Dawn Henry Managing Attorney

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii