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KAKOU is a civic engagement app designed to help people living in Hawaii to engage with their government. It was recently launched as an initiative of the Pacific Resource Partnership, a nonprofit representing the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, the largest construction union in the state. KAKOU helps users to find and contact federal, state, and county elected officials, register to vote, weigh in on hot button issues, email legislative committees, advocate alongside local nonprofit organizations, and more, all on the convenience of a smartphone. KAKOU is available for download on any Apple or Android phone, free of charge. By using the KAKOU app, users can subscribe to follow organizations of interest, and organizations can inform their members and supporters of legislation, send out alerts and updates, and share engagement and advocacy opportunities. PRP will donate $1 per subscriber to each partnering community organization.
PRP has partnered with six local nonprofit organizations in the inaugural year of KAKOU. The organizations represent a wide array of issue-areas and concerns to improve civic engagement and address vital community needs. KAKOU’s founding partners include Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Hawaii Children’s Action Network, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, HawaiiKidsCAN, and Rainbow Family 808.
More than 300 people attended Activate Hawaii 2019 – the official kick-off celebration of KAKOU’s launch on February 6.
More information about the KAKOU civic engagement app.
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