IARP Report Submitted 11-08-2017

We have been keeping tabs on the statistics as they relate to Vocational Rehabilitation services for many years. We have been told VR “costs a lot of $” and we keep on looking at what the statistics say. The statistics however say otherwise. The vocational rehabilitation services statistics cost in percentages continually decreased over the past 20 years. The numbers of cases that enter VR services have decreased every year. As of 2015, VR services cost 1.53% of the total cost $290,000,000. So we ask you to review what we have put together here and you be the judge.

6621498 GIn 2001, William Kealoha fell from a drydock. He suffered multiple injuries. But his workers' compensation claim was denied. He's been trying to get it for 12 years.

"The insurance company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny William benefits," attorney Jay Friedheim said.


The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by:

  • Promoting quality rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with disabilities through the certification of rehabilitation counselors.
  • Providing leadership in advocating for the rehabilitation counseling profession.


There’s a video on our website that reminded me that VMC was much involved in this project with my sister, Marla Hirokawa and in fact, underwrote the story ballet depicting the Nisei Veterans story in dance coming to Hawaii in 2003. We knew not how to do it; we just knew we “had to tell this story”. So, with little understanding what was required of me and my sister; we dove into it. The story ballet was taken to Leeward Community College Theater, Hilo UH Campus Theater, Kauai Community College Theater and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center during the summer of 2003.

We have been incredibly blessed by what happened then and how the community embraced us and this ballet and its Nisei story. My sister is reprising the ballet in New York this summer and bringing it back to remind us of how much we owe these brave men a huge debt of gratitude. Please support Marla in her efforts to make sure that this story does not continue to be told to the newer generation….

Laurie Hamano




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715 S. King Street, Suite 410 
Honolulu, HI 96813 
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