Give Big Hawai‘i: A Guide For Volunteers In Search of a Cause

A directory of Hawai‘i charities and how you can support their worthy causes.


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Good people in good organizations doing good work are the threads that hold us together, especially in times like these. And these people and organizations depend on people like you to succeed in their work.


Here you’ll find an encyclopedia of sorts, outlining the work of Hawai‘i nonprofits that bring help and hope to so many—from keiki to kūpuna, from the environment to sustainability, from marginalized communities to the safety of our ‘ohana.


We hope you’ve been inspired by the stories told within these pages and will find opportunities with these many organizations that fit you, whether it’s volunteering time or money, (or both!), They need you. And we can promise, your involvement will do more than help others, it will fulfill you.



Southwest Airlines


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Southwest Airlines is more than an airline. We’re your neighbor, and we take pride in championing the causes that matter the most in each of the communities we serve.


Hawai‘i is no different: Long before our first aircraft arrived in the state, we talked story with kūpuna on each island to listen and learn about what makes this place so unique. And since our service began in 2019, we are proud to have donated more than $1.5 million to worthwhile organizations across the Islands.


Through continued partnerships with local nonprofits, Southwest remains committed to investing in the communities where our employees live and work. We invite you to learn more about some of our partners and the impactful work they’re doing in Hawai‘i.


National Tropical Botanical Garden

The National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming the tide of extinction – through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG’s Gardens and preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever. With locations in Hawai‘i and Florida, they’re able to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education. For over 50 years they’ve played a major role in saving plants by adopting values based on Native Hawaiian
core practices and collaborating locally, nationally, and internationally.



AccesSurf builds an inclusive community that empowers people with disabilities through accessible beach and water programs. Built from humble beginnings almost 16 years ago, AccesSurf continues to be a pioneer in the advancement of adaptive water sports, ocean recreation, and therapeutic instruction for people with disabilities throughout the state of Hawai‘i and worldwide. They host 40 programs a year, giving people of any age, ability, ethnic, or financial background a place to enjoy the water, build community, and feel a sense of belonging. Most recently, they hosted the Hawai‘i Adaptive Surfing Competition, bringing together over 100 athletes from 17 countries.


Hawaii Land Trust

Hawai‘i Island Land Trust protects and stewards the lands that sustain Hawai‘i, and teaches the next generation to do the same. Hawai‘i Land Trust (HILT) takes a uniquely Hawaiian and holistic approach to land conservation. We conserve lands that enable Hawai‘i’s long-term well-being, prioritizing the protection of coastlines, wahi kūpuna (Hawaiian cultural landscapes), and lands that grow healthy food for Hawai‘i’s people. HILT has protected nearly 22,000 acres, and welcomes everyone to connect and give back to ‘āina at its public preserves.


Hope Services

HOPE Services Hawai‘i has helped our houseless Hawai‘i Island ‘ohana move off the streets and into housing for over a decade. Last year HOPE served more than 1,500 Hawai‘i Island residents, and the majority of people they place into housing stay housed. HOPE’s programs are so effective because they are data driven–and it just so happens that the most successful programs are also the most compassionate. Each person faces their own circumstances, and HOPE helps them build their own unique pathway out homelessness. That’s why HOPE offers services from street medicine, to homeless prevention, to permanent supportive housing, and more.


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827 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96813
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Līhu‘e, HI 96766
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444 Hāna Hwy Suite 201
Kahului, HI 96732
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After-School All-Stars Hawaii


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Mission: After-School All-Stars Hawaii provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life.


Key Services Provided

After-School All-Stars Hawaii provides free after-school and summer programs for middle and intermediate school students. ASAS supports the social, emotional and intellectual development of underserved students by providing structured academic supports, health and fitness activities and enrichment programs. In addition, ASAS offers special programs focused on service learning, youth leadership, career exploration, sports-based youth development and high school transition. ASAS Hawaii serves over 2,500 students at eight schools on Oʻahu and three schools on Hawaiʻi Island every year.


Events and Opportunities

Visit to learn how you can be part of our All-Star ʻohana as a volunteer or provide opportunities for our students to learn as a corporate partner. Donate to our programs online at and help provide exciting programs, classes, field trips and experiences for our students. Sponsor a table at our annual All-Star Affair Gala that features performances from our All-Star students. Contact us at to secure a table for our upcoming event.


How You Can Help

ASAS Hawaii inspires students to be healthy, graduate high school and go to college, find a career they love and give back to their community. Donate to support our mission at and help provide exciting programs, classes, field trips and experiences for our students.


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Paula Fitzell, President & CEO

Dawn M. Dunbar, Chair
Brett Brewer, Founding Chair
Richanne Lam, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Lori Abe, Secretary
Corey Campbell
AJ Halagao
Lori Harrison
Jim Polk
Tiffany Vara


Greg Dickhens
Bert A. Kobayashi
Susan Kobayashi
Maya Soetoro-Ng
Jeff Watanabe
Lynn Watanabe
Brady Yee


1523 Kalākaua Avenue Suite 202, Honolulu, HI 96826 | (808) 734-1314 |

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Child & Family Service


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Mission: Strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children. CFS is a Hawai‘i-born, impact-driven, community-based organization responding to family and community crises since 1899.


Key Services Provided

Child & Family Service is dedicated to empowering families experiencing difficult times with tools to reach their fullest potential. Our statewide community programs include preschool education, prevention of child abuse and neglect, programs for at-risk youth, domestic violence emergency services, therapeutic counseling, employment assistance, programs for elder care, and more. With more than 40 locations across the state and in-home visit options, CFS utilizes a trauma-informed approach to help families heal from trauma, prevent abuse, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.


Walk-in Family Centers offer free resources and referrals including support for basic needs, assistance securing employment, and courses on topics such as parenting and skill building. Survivors of domestic violence can access our shelters or hotlines 24 hours a day, teens in crisis can shelter in our residential home, and parents can confidentially call The Parent Line for support. Retired and active-duty service members and military families can access mental health care through The Steven A. Cohen Clinic at Child & Family Service.


Events and Opportunities

CFS Stronger Families Fund® is composed of like-minded donors who form huis to invest strategically in transformational and innovative work. These steadfast supporters help enhance lives and communities through the cutting-edge programs and activities of CFS.


How You Can Help

All donations remain in state and serve families in Hawai‘i. Family Giving Hub — Designate gifts by island or statewide to address the most pressing needs of the community. Marathon of HOPE — Help transform lives with our virtual initiative led by 100% volunteer Guild leaders. Corporate Philanthropy – Nominate CFS as a beneficiary of your employee giving or community support program.



Karen Tan, LCSW, President & CEO
Amanda Pump, MS, Chief Program Officer
Lee Higa-Okamato, MHRM, Chief Administrative Officer
Anne Marie Rizzo, Chief Advancement Officer

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Louise Ing, Chair
Glen Kaneshige, First Vice Chair
Erin Kirihara, Second Vice Chair
Michael Young, Secretary
Beth Whitehead, Treasurer
Arnold Martines, Past Chair


91-1841 Fort Weaver Road ‘Ewa Beach, HI 96706 | 808-543-8413 | | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i


Mission: The Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i (FLH) exists to promote and support Hawai‘i’s public libraries. FLH works to expand free public library services for our communities.


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Key Services Provided

Established in 1879, the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i (FLH) exists to support and promote Hawai‘i’s 51 public libraries. FLH provides funding outside the regular state budget to support statewide reading programs, grants to library branches, continuing education for library staff, scholarships for the next generation of librarians, technology upgrades, grant writing, and selection of the Librarian of the Year and Excellence in Service awardees each year. To raise funds, FLH accepts and sells hundreds of thousands of donated books and media each year. Shop our book sales or our new Village Books & Music store at Ward Centre mall. Beyond the sale of donated material, FLH receives sponsorships, bequests, grants, and other donations to accomplish our mission.


Events and Opportunities

• Join the Reading Programs at the 51 public libraries.
• Join a local story time for Every Child Ready to Read tips.
• Visit your local branch for Free Comic Book Day.


How You Can Help

• Shop our Village Books & Music bookstore at Ward Centre.
• Shop our Online Bookstore at
• Play in the Links to Literacy golf tournament each Fall at Kapolei Golf Club.



Kathy Fay, President
Maia Rosen, Vice-President
Gregory Valen, Treasurer
Lynn Hiyakumoto, Secretary
Marlene Booth
Jane Dickson
Lynnae Lee
Susan Li
Amanda McCann
Keith Oda
Brian Sekiguchi
Kalani Sloat
Allene R. Suemori
Jennifer Thompson
Denise Wheeler
Alan Yamamoto
Stacey Aldrich, State Librarian, Ex-Officio
Nainoa Mau, Executive Director


501 Sumner Street, #614 Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817 | 808-536-4174| | | Instagram | Facebook



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The Institute for Human Services


Mission: To create and offer tailored solutions for those in crisis, and nurture homeless people toward greater self-direction and responsibility.


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Key Services Provided

IHS helps end or avert homelessness for over 6,000 residents of Oahu each year. Established in 1978, we are the most comprehensive non-profit human services agency in the state with a primary focus on addressing homelessness. Our programming is a critical safety net for Hawai‘i residents in need. The services needed to help individuals and families exit homelessness are as unique as the households themselves. We address each individual situation with respect, taking the time to listen to their stories and offer tailored solutions.


Beyond food and shelter, we offer a wide variety of supportive services that allow individuals to reconnect, heal and succeed. Services include: case management; community re-entry; emergency shelters; employment assistance; children and family programming; health services; homeless prevention; housing navigation; meals; medical respite; outreach; pre-vocational programs; relocation assistance; veterans’ programs.


Events and Opportunities

Join us for the Homeward Bound 5K Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24th either in-person at Mānoa Valley District Park or virtually. Entry fee is $35-45. All proceeds will directly benefit IHS. Learn more at


How Can You Help

VOLUNTEER – Give back through community service in our kitchen, shelters, health clinic and admin office. Sign up at


HOLIDAY WISH LIST – Gift the items our keiki and programs are wishing for. Explore our Amazon wish lists at


DONATE – Become a one-time or monthly donor. Visit our website to donate by scanning our QR code.



Tracy Tonaki, President
David Morimoto, Vice-President
Lynne Unemori, Secretary
Joanna Oshiro, Chair, Finance
Ellen Carson, Chair, Governance
K. James Steiner, Jr., Chair, Audit
Keala Peters, Co-Chair, External Affairs & Development
Elizabeth “Annie” Valentin, Co-Chair, External Affairs & Development
Joe Viola, Chair, Internal Affairs
Julie Arigo
Sondra Brandon
Christine Camp
Duke DuTeil
Kenneth Fink
Jerry Gibson
Jayson Harper
Jeff Harris
Ian Hogan
Ed Hope
Marci LaRouech
Craig McGinnis
Patrick McGuirk
Lauren S. Nahme
Ku‘uhaku Park
Curtis Saiki
LeeAnn Silva
Dr. Anthea Wang
Rev. Msgr. Terrence
Tammi Yokogawa-King



546 Ka‘a‘ahi St. Honolulu, HI 96817 | 808-447-2800 | | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn







Partners in Development Foundation


Mission: Ho‘oulu a ho‘olako ‘o Partners in Development Foundation i nā ‘ohana me nā kaiāulu e loa‘a ka lei o ka lanakila a e lawelawe pono ma o ka mo‘omeheu a me ka mauli ola Hawai‘i. To inspire and equip families and communities for success and service using timeless Native Hawaiian values and traditions.


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Key Services Provided

Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) draws on ‘ike kupuna, ancestral wisdom and knowledge, to navigate social challenges and to grow self-resiliency, vibrancy, and healthy, secure communities in Hawai‘i. Our programs, guided by time-tested cultural values and practices, serve the needs of young keiki, their caregivers, and economically vulnerable youth and families to overcome systemic disparities and historical trauma.

  • Multi-generational education: Engages keiki to kūpuna, supporting families as first teachers in culturally rich, developmentally appropriate early childhood learning and caregiver education.
  • Strengthening Families & Communities: Addresses the needs of some of our most vulnerable youth and families, including children in foster care and opportunity youth, or “youth of promise” affected by adverse childhood experiences.
  • Island Resiliency: Programs and partnerships that build the vision for healthy and resilient communities centered around food security and self-determination. We engage our youth and families to care for the ‘āina and each other to empower healing.


Events and Opportunities

  • Become a Foster Home
  • Community partnerships
  • Corporate sponsorship & giving
  • Individual & major gifts
  • Purchase PIDF books
  • Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards Annual Fundraiser August 2023
  • Volunteer & internship opportunities


How You Can Help

Since 1997, PIDF has served over 128,000 people through the support of our community. Walk alongside us as we lift Hawai‘i’s families and communities by providing resources that equip and inspire change:

  • Become a monthly supporter
  • Donate in-kind goods
  • Share our mission with friends and family
  • Volunteer

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Kyle Chock, Chair
Kimo Todd, Vice Chair
Diane Paloma, PhD, Secretary
James Gomez, CPA, Treasurer
Pastor Elwin Ahu, Director
Kawena Beaupré, Director
Michael Chun, PhD Director
Summer Kaiawe, Director
Shawn Kana‘iaupuni, PhD, Ex-Officio Director
Scott Seu, Director
Reverend William Kaina, Emeritus
Morris Takushi, Emeritus


Shawn Kana‘iaupuni, PhD, President & CEO

Laura Dang, Vice President of Administration
Alison Masutani, Vice President of Operations
Stephanie Nishimura, Chief Financial Officer


2040 Bachelot St. Honolulu, HI 96817 | 808-595-5290 | | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Vimeo




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Waikīkī Health


Mission: Waikīkī Health’s mission is to provide quality medical and social services that are accessible and affordablefor everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Waikīkī Health places special emphasis on assisting underserved populations, including those who are homeless, living at or below poverty level, uninsured or underinsured.


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Key Services Provided

Waikīkī Health is in its 55th year of serving our community. Our Patient-Centered Medical Home offers primary and preventive medical care fully integrated with behavioral health and Native Hawaiian Healing; dental care, optometry, tobacco treatment, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C services, gender diversity navigation, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric care, medical nutrition therapy, chronic disease management, care coordination, pharmacy services.


Service sites include ‘Ōhua Clinic in Waikīkī, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Makahiki Clinic in McCully-Mō‘ili‘ili, PATH Clinic in Kaimukī, Youth Outreach (YO!) Drop-in Center & Clinic in Waikīkī, Keauhou Shelter in Mō‘ili‘ili. Outreach initiatives: Pu‘uhonua Prison Program helps offenders reenter the community, Emergency Department Diversion Program reduces emergency department overcrowding; and our Medical Mobile Clinic increases access to care.


In 2021, Waikīkī Health provided 56,980 visits (52,219 in-clinic and 4,761 telehealth) to 10,050 patients; 70% were covered by Medicaid and/or Medicare, 47% were living at or below poverty level, and 14% were homeless.


Events and Opportunities

In celebration of National Health Center Week, Waikīkī Health plans to host a Wellness Fair in August 2023. This popular event, held annually on the ‘Ōhua clinic “great lawn” before COVID-19 intervened, provides interactive, educational, and informational activities for WH patients and passers-by.


How You Can Help

Waikīkī Health welcomes monetary donations in any amount to sustain our services to the community; and in-kind contributions to assist our homeless clients (gently used clothing, backpacks, hygiene products, canned and packaged food, and store gift cards).




Phyllis Dendle, Chief Executive Officer, Waikīkī Health
Elliot J. Kalauawa, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Waikīkī Health
Octavius Gonzaga, Chief Financial Officer, Waikīkī Health


Thomas Namiki, MD, President; Department of Pathology, The Queens Medical Center; and Dept. of Surgery, Castle Medical Center
Alexis Charpentier, Vice President; Director, Prevention with National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Scot Sterenberg, Treasurer/Chair, Finance Committee; Head of Office, Marsh Management Services
Nola A. Nahulu, Secretary; Music educator/director of adult and youth choral and opera groups
Leon Williams, Chair, Governance Committee; Realtor Associate, Senior Real Estate Specialist and Seller Representative Specialist. Former Broadway performer

Ed Springer, Chair, Quality Assurance Committee; former Consultant and Technical Advisor to White House OMB, FBI
Floyd M. Crosby, MPH, Chair, Compensation and Succession Planning Committee; Case Management Specialist, State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division
James J. Nelson, Chair, Marketing and Development Committee; served as session attorney, research analyst and special assistant to Hawai‘i State Legislators



277 ‘Ōhua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815 | P: 808-537-8400 | F: 808-922-6454 | | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter