Rainbow Town Hall

Rainbow Town Hall is an ongoing virtual panel discussion series exploring important issues affecting LGBTQIA+ people and Hawaii’s larger diverse communities.

Mahalo to everyone who joined our June 17, 2021 Rainbow Town Hall History and Future of HIV/AIDS in Hawaii. Special thanks to our panelists:

Kunane Dreier; LGBT Program and Training Manager (Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center)
Dr. David McEwan; pioneering HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ activist and philanthropist
Raymond Alejo; Community Liaison Nurse  (Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center)
Keleka Kaneaiakala; HIV Community Advocate  (State of Hawaii Department of Human Services)
• Keiva Lei Cadena;
 Prevention Program Manager (Kumukahi Health + Wellness)
Dr. Jennifer Frank; family practitioner and AIDS/HIV specialist  

Thank you also to Hawaii LGBT Legacy Board members Sandy Livingston and Andrew Ogata for organizing this event.

View History & Future of HIV / AIDS in Hawaii and previous Rainbow Town Hall programs by scrolling down.


Previous Rainbow Town Hall recordings available online include the May 25, 2021 Engagement Party.

Featuring an exclusive pre-release discussion with Sasha Issenberg, author of the highly anticipated new book The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle With Same-Sex Marriage.

Joining Sasha to explore Hawaii’s early, pivotal role in marriage equality were important advocates for marriage equality in Hawaii and the nation, including: Genora Dancel, one of the original plaintiffs; the Honorable Dan Foley, the attorney that launched the mission; Representative / Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, the politician who remained a loyal ally; and Senator Chris Lee, the political leader who became a stalwart. The discussion is moderated by Emmy award-winning filmmaker and New York Times best selling author, Dean Hamer

To learn more about our Rainbow Town Hall series, contact Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation board member Sandy Livingston.

Mahalo to Mary Krause / EmmKay Media for providing this video.

Also available online is the 5-part Rainbow Town Hall series produced in October 2020 in conjunction with Honolulu Pride. In that series, educators, health care providers, members of the business community and activists on the front lines discuss how to move forward on critical issues facing Hawaii’s LGBTQIA community. Scroll down to watch the Zoom videos.

Rainbow Town Hall #1 | October 14, 2020

Kim Coco Iwamoto, Esq., Community Activist
Mandy Fernandes, Esq., Policy Director, ACLU Hawaii
Shayna Lonoaea-Alexander, Smart Justic Field Organizer, ACLU Hawaii
Kat Brady, Community Justice Advocate & Coordinator, Community Alliance on Prisons
Stacia Ohira, Formerly Incarcerated ACLU Hawaii Board Member

Rainbow Town Hall #2 | October 20, 2020
Find the Way: Facilitating LGBTQIA+ Conversations in Education

Thaddeus Pham, Chairperson, Hawaii Sexual Gender Minority Work Group
Ryan Mandado, Chief Academic Officer, DreamHouse ‘Ewa Beach Public Charter School
Lord Ryan Lizardo, Program Manager for Work-based Learning, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Alison Lazzara, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) Club Advisor, Punahou School
Kim Coco Iwamoto, Esq., Community Activist

Rainbow Town Hall #3 | October 22, 2020

Winston Welch, Co-Founder, Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
Ari South, Owner / Designer, Ari South
Jeff Hong, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Techmana LLC
Ryan K. Hew, Esq., Managing Partner, Hew & Bordenave (H&B)
William Chen, Founder & Culinary Director, fresh BOX

Rainbow Town Hall #5 | October 26, 2020

Dr. David McEwan, Advisory Board Member, Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation
Dr. Kevin Tomita, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Tomita Psychotherapy and  Consultation, LLC
Trey Halliday Fenton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Hao Le, President, Affirmation Hawaii Chapter
Dr. Don “Keith” Pedro, Forensic Section Supervisor – Oahu Branch of Adult Mental Health, State of Hawaii

Rainbow Town Hall #5 | October 28, 2020

Gary Permenter, PhD, Social Worker & Educator
Trey Halliday Fenton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker | Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Brian Esquivel, Housing Outreach Worker, Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center
Patricio Battani, MPH, Director of Health Equity & Homeless Shleters, Waikiki Health
Wallace Engberg, Research & Planning Analyst, Partners In Care
Jonathan Berliner, Executive Director, Gregory House Programs