About Us

The Mediation Center of the Pacific, established in 1979, is one of the oldest community dispute resolution centers in the United States.

In addition to providing direct mediation and dispute resolution services, the Mediation Center is a critical resource for creating innovative dispute resolution trainings and programs for Hawaii’s courts, schools, businesses and communities.  Through these trainings and programs, more people have the opportunity to work through their conflicts and avoid a legal or administrative proceeding. 

The many opportunities provided by the Mediation Center to prevent and resolve disputes quickly and affordably through culturally sensitive processes are a vital resource for Hawaii’s residents.


The Mediation Center of the Pacific (the Mediation Center) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation that was founded in 1979 to provide Hawaii’s people with peaceful approaches to working through conflict.  The Mediation Center was one of the earliest established community mediation centers in the nation, and it has continued to grow and evolve since that time.  Over the years, the Mediation Center has developed programs and processes that meet the unique needs of Hawaii’s culturally diverse populations. Parties in conflict are assisted in resolving their immediate dispute, as well as in improving communication and strengthening their relationships for the future. 

The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency whose mission is to provide high quality mediation and dispute resolution services that are affordable and accessible


The Mediation Center has been in existence since 1979 and currently serves more than 7,000 people annually through its community mediation and training programs. The underlying goals of the Mediation Center’s mission are:


Building stronger communities through families, schools, the workplace and neighborhoods by reducing conflict; building collaboration; improving communication; teaching skills in managing conflict and self-sufficiency; and providing a model of practice for conflict resolution.



To ensure that high quality alternative dispute resolution services are accessible to groups and individuals in all of Oahu’s communities, particularly focusing on those communities that are under-served.


To continually improve the quality of dispute resolution services through training, evaluation and revision.


To promote broad community understanding and use of alternative dispute resolution by providing and supporting training, awareness and educational activities in varied organizational and community settings.


To broaden community support and representation, and ensure adequate resources are available to maintain quality services and programs.

2019-2020 Board Of Directors

Sidney Ayabe

David Simons
Vice President

Judge Jessi L.K. Hall

Lee Erwin

Steve Holmberg
Past President



Justice Simeon Acoba (Ret.)
Robert A. Alm
Kale Feldman
Signe Godfrey
Jason Graves
Susan Ichinose
Emily Latimer
John A. Morris
Judge Karen T. Nakasone
Gary Shiraishi
Judge Michael Tanigawa

Board of

Ann Botticelli
Kellie Chun
Jerry Clay
Michael Erne
Dolores Foley
Jerry Rauckhorst
Larry Rodriguez


Cynthia T. Alm
Susan Lampe
Bruce McEwan
Ruth Tschumy

Executive Director

Tracey S. Wiltgen