Phone: (808) 941 - 1088

Email: info@guidedogsofhawaii.org

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid to me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

Through peer support, our clients gain training, tools and resources to live more meaningful and productive lives, while building and strengthening friendships through shared interests.

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Guide Dogs 808

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Guide dog teams residing in Hawaii get together once a month to share experiences, learn about various training centers and participate in planned group activities. All handlers value their partner and share many successes and challenges that only another guide dog handler can understand.

Our Guide Dogs 808’s Hero Pledge:

Young at Heart Women’s Group

Women aged 55 and over meet regularly to learn new things, improve leadership and social skills, build strong and healthy relationships with each other, and plan activities and projects they share interest in to promote emotional, mental and physical well-being.

5 objectives of the group:

  1. Be positive: Having an optimistic outlook will help us through challenging times.    
  2. Forget our calendar age: Don’t allow our age to command how we live. 
  3. Stay active: By engaging in fitness activities, we will age well. 
  4. Keep learning: By learning, we maintain an active mind.
  5. Live with purpose: Finding a community or volunteer project will keep us productive. 
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Visionaries

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Blind and visually impaired individuals in their young developing years are often the only one in the school with a vision impairment.  The feeling of not belonging, loneliness and isolation prevents the individual from experiencing the wonderment of childhood, friendships and hinders their potential to excel academically.

Clients, ages 12 to 21, meet regularly to share experiences, build friendships, help others and beat all the feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

Here are some of the benefits:

  1. No longer feeling lonely and isolated
  2. Gain greater confidence
  3. Find ways to cope and adjust to vision loss
  4. Have a place where they can talk openly about their feelings
  5. Share strategies for managing stress, depression or anxiety
  6. Learn about resources, services, and devices that may meet their needs
  7. Able to help others because they understand
  8. Able to set goals with optimism

Words From Our Clients

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“I enjoy being part of the Guide Dogs 808 group because I gain new insight from other people’s experiences. We all share how we each care and maintain our guide dogs. I can also share my own personal experiences with others.” – JK, Client
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“Mahalo GDH for everything you do for us. I really enjoy participating in all of the different programs that you guys offer, and getting to make connections with others in the blind community. Even in the middle of a pandemic, it’s great that you provide a safe space for us to come and participate in activities that we can join virtually if we can’t physically come in.” – NL, Client

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