About Better Hawaii:

Since 2010, “Better Hawaii” is not only about a better Hawaii, it’s a challenge to better Hawaii – and ourselves.

It started with GoodReads.com, because they sent me the book “Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone” (2009) by Mitch Joel. I felt a little overwhelmed, but one line jumped out at me: “Start your own blog – now” (page 262). But it began even earlier than that, with a challenge to step out of your comfort zone by teenagers Alex and Brett Harris in their book, “Do Hard Things.”

Like me, you probably don’t like being told what to do. But the words stuck with me. That night I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about the things I want to say.

It made me realize that I want to be heard. I don’t want to regret being silent when everything around me can be better. I promise not to make complaints without also offering solutions.

Our leaders don’t have all the answers – we do! Please join me in coming up with ideas and innovations to make Hawaii exceptional.

About Rachelle Chang:

Born and raised in Hawaii, I graduated from Kamehameha High School (Honolulu, HI) and from Pomona College (Claremont, CA) with a bachelor’s degree in English. I thought I might become a librarian or work in a bookstore, but I ended up in marketing – first for a start-up software company OCRON (Sunnyvale, CA), which became NewSoft America (Fremont, CA); and then for an online ad-serving company, AdForce (Cupertino, CA).

Today, I am executive director at Samaritan Counseling Center Hawaii, a nonprofit mental health counseling center; and I am a partner in a radio-controlled electronics company. I volunteer on the boards of my homeowners association and a local pottery hui. I am a mother, a reader, and an optimist. I’m not a member of any political party, I don’t copy talking points from any organization, and I’m reluctant to step forward. But I will. I promise not to make complaints without also offering solutions – or at least different perspectives.

16 Comments on “About”

  1. Aloha Rachelle,
    I like your blog and I especially appreciate your focus on Hawaii State issues. Send me an email. Lets talk.
    Andrew Walden
    Editor, http://www.HawaiiFreePress.com
    cell 640-4782

  2. Grylt Says:

    This is a great blog Rachelle. We we posting your Earth Day blog on our Facebook page and Twitter.

  3. Hello Rachel,
    Just connected with you through Hawaii Free Press.
    Love your ideas and spreading the Aloha!

    If you’re interested, would love to hear you on our radio station sometime soon. Please give me a call.
    Lorene Godfrey
    Station Manager @ KNDI Radio 1270AM
    email: servicedesk.kndi@gmail.com
    ofc: 9462844

  4. Hi!

    I’m working with well-known history writer James Haley on his new book Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii, and we thought it could be perfect from your blog!

    Haley writes a narrative history of the state of Hawaii, from the arrival of sugar and pineapple magnates in the 19th century, to the present day.

    It’s a fascinating read and we’d love to get you an early copy. I hope you’ll be open to helping us spread the word?


  5. Jennie Says:

    Rachelle – Congrats on the five year anniversary of your blog, that is a lot of time devoted to researching and writing your insightful posts. After only six months, I find it very hard to stick to a regular schedule, so I’m in awe of your weekly discipline. Cheers to a bright new year and many more years of blogging!

  6. Admin Says:


    I was going to email you privately, but I didn’t see an email address so I am writing to you here. If you’re interested in the Nov. 6, 2018 state constitutional convention referendum, you might find The Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse (hawaiiconcon.info) a useful resource.

    J.H. Snider, Editor
    The Hawaiʻi State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

  7. Anu Says:

    Hi! I’m interested in talking with you! Could you please contact me?

  8. Anne Lafleur Says:

    Rachelle, I would love to get your guidance on a kindness-spreading project I’m working on. What’s the best way to get in touch with you?

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