Hawaii Department of Human Services: Ho'opono Services for the Blind, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Hawaii Department of Human Services: Ho'opono Services for the Blind, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1901 Bachelot Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 586-5269 (Local)
(808) 586-5361 (Fax)

Brief Description

Ho'opono, from "ho'oponopono" meaning to make things right, is a branch of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitaion, Department of Human Services, State of Hawaii. Ho'opono assists blind and Visually impaired persons regardless of financial status, ethnic or national origin, religion, gender or disability. There is no fee for services, although there may be some incidental costs if you need to purchase adaptive aids and devices.

You do not have to be totally blind to use Ho'opono's services. Blindness can vary from total blindness with no light perception to being able to read large print at a comfortable distance. If you are having difficulty doing tasks either at work or home because of poor vision, Ho'opono may be able to help you in a number of ways.

Hours of operation: 7:45 AM-4:30 PM.
Number of staff: 30
Staff description: VRCs, Teachers, BEP, Optometrist, social worker, ophthalmologist. Uses volunteers in addition to staff.
Geographic area served: Hawaii.


Kuna Field Office
P.O. Box 459
Captain Cook, HI 96704

75 Aupuni
Hilo, HI 96720

3060 Eiwa Street
Room 304
Lihue, HI 96766

54 South High Street
Room 309
Wailuku, HI 96793


Gavan Abe, Community Services Coordinator
David Eveland, Administrator, (808) 586-5311, develand@hawaiivr.org
Lea Grupen, Branch Administrator, lgrupen@dhs.hawaii.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Offers social evaluation, arranges psychological testing and evaluation, individual and couple counseling, placement in training, referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, electronic mobility aids, home management, occupational therapy, sensory training, orientation to adaptive equipment. Provides independent living services and special programs for the elderly.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides prevocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, referrals for occupational skill development, job retention, job retraining, sheltered workshops, vocational placement, follow-up service, vending stand training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers for other counseling/social work services, health services, and recreational services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts, hobby groups, special programs for elderly, bowling, swimming. Refers for other recreational services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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