General Annoucements

Searching for Our New Executive Director!

We are now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director of FACE Hawaii (FACE Maui and FACE Oahu). We are making a nationwide search, so please inform your leaders and constituents and ask them to help spread the position availability.

The job description, requirements and application process may be found online at

For more information regarding the Executive Director’s position, please address your questions to Karen Ginoza, Chair FACE Transition Team, at (808)227-7804 or

Qualifications (partial list, visit for full details)

  • An unwavering passion for and commitment to social justice and the communities that FACE/Hawaii serves.
  • Minimum of 5 years organizing experience in rural and urban (medium-to-large) communities.
  • At least 3 years of congregation/faith-based organizing experience, effective implementation of local and federated campaign strategies and campaign victories.
  • Commitment to eliminate racial disparities that persist throughout our society.  We are convinced that the progress on our specific policy goals and the larger task of developing a new multi-racial coalition for social justice requires that we move toward, not away from a frank reckoning with racial privilege as well as other kinds of privilege (gender, economic, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at all levels of government (county, state & national levels).
  • Proven track record of successful grant writing, and management of grants and funders.
  • Ability to work with and mobilize volunteers in great numbers.

May Events

Ta'u Pupu'a Benefit ConcertCome see internationally acclaimed operatic tenor TA’U PUPU’A and friends in concert on May 21! Presented by Kilohana UMC and Kilohana Angels, this benefit concert is to raise money for Kilohana UMC’s music ministry and Kilohana Angels’ home health care training and certification.

Tickets: $30
Time: Saturday, May 21, 7pm
Location: McKinley Auditorium – 1039 S King Street
Phone: 808-372-3372
Buy online:

The 12 Days of Christmas…With FACE

The 12 Days of Christmas with FACE

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
A worker-owned homecare coop
On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
2 islands organizing for justice
On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me:
3 leaders at national training
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
4 thousand people eligible for DAPA in Hawaii
On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
5 sign-wavings for minimum wage
On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
6 funders funding
On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
7 FACE staff a’singing
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
8 FACE leaders meeting in DC
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
9 Fabulous Board members
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
10.10 an hour
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
11 drivers tests translated
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 months of faith-based organizing!

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963:

…I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns: and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom far beyond my own hometown. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

Continue reading this powerful letter, with notes and annotations, as preparation for MLK Day events on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Letter from Birmingham Jail, MLK Jr. 1963 ORIGINAL of the original mimeographed version of the letter that Dr. Martin Luther King began writing in the margins of newspapers while he was held in jail.

Face Leaders Attend National Training In California

FACE leaders Rev. Joe Yun/Kahuluu UMC, Rev. In Kwon Jun/Aiea Korean UMC, and Natalie Nimmer/Harris UMC participated in a national faith-based community organizing training sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Community Organizing (PICO). The other church leaders pictured above are from Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and California.


FACE Leader Wins Filipino Chamber of Commerce Award

Joyce Afalla wins Chamber of Commerce Award

FACE Leader Joyce Afalla wins the Gintong Pamana Leadership Award from the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.

The awards dinner was held at Maui Beach Hotel in June. Joyce has worked with FACE on Immigration reform for many years. Most recently, Joyce took leadership in FACE’s campaign to have the state offer the written drivers test in 11 languages.


FACE Oahu Kicks Off 2014 Investment Drive

Who invests in social justice? Everyone! From local business to national franchises, lead pastors to new congregants, every year FACE raises a big portion of its annual operating budget directly from stakeholders in our community.

FACE does not ask for donations. FACE leaders explain the mission, work, vision, and victories of the organization and ask stakeholders to make an investment in the future of our community.

From pledges of $5 to $5,000, every pledge invested in FACE helps provide leadership development and resources for FACE’s campaigns. FACE’s issue areas for 2014-2015 include affordable housing, immigration reform, job training, and public long term care insurance.

For more information about this year’s investment drive, please contact Catherine Graham or Miina Huotari at 808-741-4317.

Or visit our Donation page to donate online.

FACE Kicks Off Four Month Talk Story Campaign

On September 6 & 7, more than 70 key leaders from Maui and Oahu attended a two day training to prepare our 4-month Talk Story Campaign. FACE leaders will be holding more than 70 Talk Stories around the islands.

So far, we have already held 20+ Talk Stories and have many more scheduled.

If you would like help running a FACE Talk Story at your church, temple or organization, please contact State Director Drew Astolfi at 782-3674.


2nd day of FACE Leadership Training, St. John Vianney, 9/7/13.