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Highlighting Success of Ku'kahi Mediation Center's 2017-2018 School Peer Mediation Program

Monday, June 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Frankie Barrett
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Highlighting the Success of Ku'kahi Mediation Center's 2017-2018 School Peer Mediation Program


During the 2017-2018 school year, 188 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders were trained by Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center on how to mediate disputes among students at Keonepoko, Mountain View, and Volcano School of Arts & Sciences.


Peer mediation is a process where youth of the same age-group facilitate resolving disputes between two or more students. Mediators work in pairs and help classmates reach agreements that are fair, safe, and doable,” said Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell.


When asked what they have learned as peer mediators, one student responded, “I learned a new way to handle conflict. I learned that if I have a problem I can ask for mediation. I have learned to be very respectful. I have learned that to solve a problem you need to be kind and neutral. I am proud to be a peer mediator because I can help my friends.”


Pictured: Keonepoko Elementary School student Dakota Riddle and parent volunteer Darcy Riddle during peer mediation training for school year 2017-2018.


The non-profit community mediation received funding for the East Hawai‘i Peer Mediation Elementary School Program 2017-2018 from local supporters such as the Bill Healy Foundation, County of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, Hawai‘i Electric Light, KTA Super Stores, and others


“We appreciate the support of companies like KTA Super Stores and Hawai‘i Electric Light, which have ongoing commitments to working with local charities toward a vision of a better Hawai‘i,” said Mitchell.


Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center’s mission is to empower people to come together--to talk and to listen, to explore options, and to find their own best solutions. To achieve this mission, Ku‘ikahi offers mediation, facilitation, and training to strengthen the ability of diverse individuals and groups to resolve interpersonal conflicts and community issues.


For more information, call Ku‘ikahi at (808) 935-7844 or visit

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