Hawai‘i Gives Back: A Guide For Volunteers In Search of a Cause

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


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.



aio Foundation

Mission: The aio Foundation works to create a better future for Hawai‘i by providing opportunities to enable young people to become thoughtful, educated, community-minded individuals with a deep appreciation for our home state.


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Key Services Provided

The aio Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports academic, athletic and artistic programs that enable Hawai‘i’s youth to develop the skills and knowledge to become self-sustaining, community-minded contributors who work toward making the Islands a better place. Support is available for organizations offering opportunities in workforce/career development, life skills, communication, personal or cultural development for Hawai‘i’s youth. The aio Foundation offers sponsorships and a quarterly aio Amplify media outreach campaign program; these may be applied for via the Foundation website. In addition, the aio Foundation offers ongoing support to the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, the Hawai‘i’s Next 50 contest and the VEX IQ Hawai‘i robotics program. The Kahauiki Village community for homeless families is the aio Foundation’s marquee project.



  • Duane Kurisu, President
  • Ken Miyasato, Vice President
  • Jaime Kinoshita Oliveira, Vice President
  • Bonny Amemiya, Treasurer
  • Susan Eichor, Secretary
  • John Dean, Director
  • Mel Kaneshige, Director


Events and Opportunities

Volunteers are the unsung heroes in executing successful projects. Please consider volunteering for aio Foundation. Email volunteer@aiofoundation.org.


aio Amplify helps Hawai‘i’s nonprofits promote their messages. Learn more at aiofoundation.org/amplify.


How You Can Help

Donations directly support initiatives that include karate and educational programs for keiki at Kahauiki Village. Help by making a donation at aioFoundation.org/donate or by mail aio Foundation attn: Kahauiki Village Karate Association 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 202, Honolulu, HI 96813. Mahalo!


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1000 Bishop Street, Suite 202, Honolulu, HI 96813

P: 808-534-7505

E: president@aiofoundation.org





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Aloha United Way

Mission: Aloha United Way brings resources, organizations and people together to advance the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.


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Aloha United Way established the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Fund to tackle the issues that cause financial instability for individuals and families. Through transformative initiatives that bring together people, resources and sustainable solutions, the ALICE Fund focuses on capacity building for nearly 350 partner nonprofit agencies, and strives to enhance the financial stability of our ALICE ‘ohana by funding employment programs and asset-building resources to elevate people out of ALICE.


“2020 was a year of profound community trauma. It was also a year of unprecedented togetherness, cooperation, and generosity. In moments of dire circumstances, we showed our true colors, as did the community. This critical work, however, is far from over,” said John Fink, President and CEO of Aloha United Way.


ALICE lives in every town and neighborhood across Hawai‘i. ALICE exists in every ethnicity. They are our friends, family, and people we rely on every day. It takes just one crisis — loss of employment for a short period, an unexpected health emergency or car repair, an increase in monthly rent — to put these families and individuals at even greater risk of long-term problems like chronic health issues or loss of housing.


Having served Hawai‘i for over 100 years, Aloha United Way is committed to rebuilding our communities stronger than they were before, and providing solutions that support lasting, sustainable change.


Visit auw.org to start your workplace campaign today and support ALICE.



Pre-Covid19, there were 148,771 ALICE households (or 33 percent) in Hawaiʻi. Since the start of the pandemic, this number has increased to more than 180,000 (or 40 percent) of households, while another 86,476 households live below the poverty level. Currently, 59% of households are ALICE or below.


How You Can Help

It’s easy to support our community. Support Aloha United Way, the ALICE initiative, the 211 Helpline, and nearly 350 partner agencies to ensure our community can access help when they need it most.


Give through your company’s workplace giving campaign, or start one today by visiting AUW.org.




200 N. Vineyard Blvd., Suite 700, Honolulu, HI 96817

P: (808) 536-1951


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Catholic Charities Hawai‘i

Mission: Catholic Charities Hawai‘i provides a wide range of social services to people of all faiths and cultures, especially those with the greatest need. We are a community of hope serving with dignity, compassion, social justice and a commitment to excellence.


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Key Services Provided

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i was chartered in 1947 by the Maryknoll Sisters to carry out the social mission of the Church. Today, we continue their legacy of caring by providing help and hope to people in need, regardless of their faith or culture.In 2020, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i provided help and hope to over 80,000 individuals through over 40 programs and services statewide. Our services include:

  • Assisting homeless and at-risk families, individuals, veterans and seniors obtain/maintain stable housing.
  • Offering outreach and counseling services for families, children and individuals.
  • Keeping foster youth of all ages safe and supported in caring and nurturing homes.
  • Helping at-risk families to develop the skills and find the support they need to provide a safe and stable environment.
  • Empowering immigrants to have significant roles in their self-deter-mination.
  • Keeping seniors active and healthy.



Executive Team

Robert Van Tassell, President & CEO

Tina Andrade, VP – Mission Integration

Paul Kobayashi, VP – Finance

Mary Leong Saunders, VP – Philanthropy

Stella M. Q. Wong, VP – Programs

Board of Directors

Paul M. Saito, Esq., Chair; Vernon Wong, Board Vice President; David M. Kostecki, Board Treasurer; Linda Puu, Board Secretary; Shannon Alivado; Michelle Bartell; Jeff Callangan; Abe Correia; Alan Ito; Kim Jones; Sr. Bitrina Kirway, MM; David Kurohara; Christina Laney Mitre; Terence Liu; Jeffrey A.S. Moniz; Diane Murakami; Jacob B. Noh; Greg Peros; Claudine San Nicolas; Eddie Ontai; Very Rev. Msgr. Gary Secor; Most Rev. Clarence Silva; Robert Van Tassell; Sylvia Yuen


How You Can Help

Help by Making a Donation:

  • CatholicCharitiesHawaii.org
  • Mail a check to:
    Catholic Charities Hawai‘i1, 822 Ke‘eaumoku St.,Honolulu, HI 96822
  • Tribute/Memorial Gift
  • Matching Gift
  • Appreciated Securities or Life Insurance
  • Planned Giving

For more information, call (808) 527-4820.


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1822 Ke‘eaumoku St., Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822

P: (808) 524-4673

Instagram: @catholiccharitieshawaii
YouTube: CatholicCharitiesHI


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Hawaiian Humane Society

Mission: The Hawaiian Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals.


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Key Services Provided

The Hawaiian Humane Society was established in 1883 and is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization that shelters, protects, rescues, reunites and rehomes animals. It is Oʻahu’s largest animal welfare organization that is a resource for all animals. The Hawaiian Humane Society is not a chapter of any group, and gifts made directly to this independent, local organization go directly toward helping Oʻahu’s animals and people.


Between July 2020 and June 2021, Hawaiian Humane Society programs and services helped tens of thousands of animals. This includes finding new homes for 5,921 homeless pets, fostering 1,791 young or ill animals, and reuniting 1,482 lost animals with their families. The Pet Food Bank also provided 51,095 pounds of pet food to members of the community.


Community support plays a vital role in keeping the Hawaiian Humane Society’s 30-plus programs running and will continue to be critical as it expands to West Oʻahu. Supporting the Hawaiian Humane Society directly helps local animals in need.



Board of Directors

Tim Brauer, Board Chair; Mike Ching, Vice Chair; Shelley Cramer, Vice Chair;
David Okabe, Treasurer; Rebecca “Becki” Ward, Secretary; Eric Ako, DVM; Gina Woo Anonuevo; Robert H. Armstrong; Robert R. Bean; Leslie Campaniano; John C. Dean; Nick Dreher; Elisia Flores; Ernest H. Fukeda, Jr.; Elizabeth Rice Grossman; Dede Guss; Mi Kosasa; Susan Kosasa; Nathaniel Lam, DVM, DACVS; Whitney Limm, M.D., FACS; Stephen B. Metter; Melissa Teves Pavlicek; Mike Regan; Lawrence D. Rodriguez; Ginny Tiu; Virginia Weinman; Rick Zwern

Leadership Team

Anna Neubauer, President & CEO; Dr. Kasey Carter, Chief Veterinarian; Daniel Roselle, Director of Community Relations; Natalie Arrell, Director of Development; Laurie Kawasaki, Director of Finance; Natalie Spencer, Director of Human Resources


Events and Opportunities

When possible, the Hawaiian Humane Society partners with corporations on volunteering projects, adoption events, event sponsorships and more.


How You Can Help

There are many ways to support the Hawaiian Humane Society. Donating pet supplies and food; volunteering; fostering; advocating for stronger animal welfare laws; cash or check donations; tribute gifts; and gifts from an IRA, life insurance, bequests, or appreciated stocks are all wonderful ways to help Oʻahu’s pets and people.


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2700 Wai‘alae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96826

P: 808-356-2200
E: info@hawaiianhumane.org

Instagram: @HawaiianHumane
Linkedin: Hawaiian Humane Society


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Hawai‘i Dental Service Foundation

Mission: The HDS Foundation was established by the Hawai‘i Dental Service, or HDS, to improve the oral health of Hawai‘i’s communities through grants to local nonprofits that provide oral health education, work to prevent oral disease, and increase access to dental care for underserved populations.


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Key Services Provided

Investments In Oral Health As the first and leading nonprofit dental benefits provider in Hawai‘i, HDS serves nearly a million Hawai‘i residents. The HDS Foundation invests in oral health initiatives Dentist by One, Seal Away Decay and Kūpuna Smiles, and has contributed nearly $9 million in grants over the past six years to vital programs and services that help Hawai‘i’s underserved, many of whom do not have dental insurance or access to dental care. Organizations that received grants in 2020 include:

  • Aloha Medical Mission
  • Dental Lifeline Network—Hawai‘i DDS
  • Friends of Dental Hygiene
  • Ko‘olauloa Health Center
  • Lāna‘i Community Health Center
  • The Hawai‘i Department of Health, Hospital & Community Dental Services Branch
  • University of Hawai‘i School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and Hawai‘i Keiki Program
  • University of Hawai‘i Maui College, Dental Hygiene Program
  • Statewide Coronavirus Relief (Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels, Show Aloha Chal-lenge Foundation, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai‘i)



HDS Foundation Board Officers

  • Mason A. Savage, D.D.S., chair
  • Charles R. Sugiyama, D.D.S, vice chair
  • Emi Eno Orikasa, D.D.S, president
  • Mark H. Yamakawa, vice president
  • Cheryl Takitani-Smith, treasurer
  • Shere Saneishi-Kim, director and secretary

Hawai‘i Dental Service

  • Mark H. Yamakawa, president and CEO


How You Can Help

More community partners are needed across our Islands to help elevate the importance of good oral health. The HDS Foundation encourages local nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to support the development of oral health programs or projects that target our underserved communities statewide. Grant submission deadlines are on Dec. 15 and June 15 annually.

HDS Foundation will consider programs and projects that promote:

  • Oral health education.
  • Prevention of oral disease.
  • Access to dental care by underserved populations.


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900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1900, Honolulu, HI 96813-3705

P: (808) 521-9277 (808) 232-2533, ext. 277
E: Foundation@hawaiidentalservice.com

Blog: HawaiiDentalServiceBlog.com
Facebook: @hawaiidentalservice
Instagram: @hawaiidentalservice
Twitter: @hidentalservice


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HEI Charitable Foundation

Mission: Through collaboration, partnerships and neighbors helping neighbors, we are strengthening our communities and serving as a catalyst for a better Hawai‘i. The HEI Charitable Foundation focuses specifically on community programs that promote environmental sustainability, community resilience, economic strength and educational excellence.


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Key Services Provided

The companies of Hawaiian Electric Industries—Hawaiian Electric, American Savings Bank and Pacific Current—take pride in serving and giving back to the community through volunteerism, grants, donations, scholarships, and our employee matching gift program. Since 2010, the HEI Charitable Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to local charities and other nonprofit organizations. Moreover, our employees have donated or raised over $5 million, serve on over 200 nonprofit boards, and volunteered more than 200,000 hours.


In 2020-2021, the HEI Foundation, together with our companies and employees, pledged more than $3.5 million to support community groups assisting individuals and families negatively impacted by COVID-19. This pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of working collaboratively and supporting one another. At HEI, we are proud of the contributions our companies make to our Hawai‘i communities—from stewarding and preserving our environment, to improving the economic well-being of our state, to helping our keiki reach their full potential. Together, we are all working toward our vision of a better Hawai‘i.


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  • Connie Lau, HEI Foundation Chair | HEI President and CEO
  • Tom Fargo, HEI Foundation Director | HEI Chairman of the Board
  • Scott Seu, HEI Foundation Director | Hawaiian Electric President and CEO
  • Ann Teranishi, HEI Foundation Director | American Savings Bank President and CEO
  • Greg Hazelton, HEI Foundation Director | HEI EVP and Chief Financial Officer
  • AJ Halagao, HEI Foundation President | HEI VP, Corporate and Community Advancement



1001 Bishop Street, Suite 2900, Honolulu, HI 96813

P: 808-543-5889
E: heicf@hei.com



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Honolulu Museum of Art

Mission: The Honolulu Museum of Art inspires and uplifts our community through transformative art experiences that celebrate creativity, cultivate wonder, foster empathy and enhance knowledge, deepening our connection with one another and the world we share.


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Key Services Provided

HoMA is a unique gathering place where art, history, culture, education and varying worldviews converge right in the heart of Honolulu. The museum hosts more than 50,000 pieces of art from all corners of the globe, spanning 5,000 years, with works from ancient to contemporary times and representing all major cultures of Hawai‘i and beyond. Whether you’re visiting our galleries for the first time, reviving your love of art through a hands-on creative experience, exploring the museum’s outdoor spaces and iconic courtyards, browsing a selection of art-inspired offerings at the Shop, or stopping in for lunch at the Café, HoMA strives to be a vital part of Hawai‘i’s cultural landscape. We are committed to serving the community as a place to learn, be inspired, and connect to the world.



  • Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director and CEO
  • Aaron Padilla, Director of Learning and Engagement
  • Budd Lauer, Director of Advancement
  • Catherine Whitney, Director of Curatorial Affairs
  • Cynthia Low, Director of Collections
  • Jason Morrison, Director of Campus Operations
  • Kevin Imanaka, Chief Communications Officer
  • Sharon Stillman, Director of Human Resources
  • Tania Ginoza, Chief Financial Officer


Events and Opportunities

The Honolulu Museum of Art was among the first art museums in the U.S. to blend its indoor and outdoor spaces to create a harmonious relationship between the art, galleries and museum courtyards. And this special ambiance can even be enjoyed at night, with extended evening hours and unique programs and activities on Fridays and Saturdays.


How You Can Help

Whether through your time, talents or treasures, your support as a volunteer, member  or donor allows the Honolulu Museum of Art to serve our community as one of the state’s most dynamic and treasured cultural resources.


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900 South Beretania St., Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96814

P: 808-532-8700
E: info@honolulumuseum.org

Social media: @honolulumuseum


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Partners in Development Foundation

Mission: Hoʻoulu a hoʻolako ʻo Partners in Development Foundation i nā ʻohana me nā kaiāulu e loaʻa ka lei o ka lanakila a e lawelawe pono ma o ka moʻomeheu a me ka mauli ola Hawaiʻi. 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, or PIDF, draws on ʻike kupuna, ancestral wisdom and knowledge to navigate social challenges and to grow self-resilient, vibrant, healthy, secure communities in Hawaiʻi. Our programs, guided by time-tested values and practices, serve the needs of young keiki, their caregivers, and economically vulnerable youths and families to overcome systemic disparities and historical trauma.

  • Multigenerational 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 youths and families, including children in foster care and opportunity youths, or “youths 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 youths and families to care for the ʻāina and each other to empower healing.



Board of Directors

  • Michael Chun, Ph.D., Chair
  • Kyle Chock, Vice Chair
  • Diane Paloma, Ph.D., Secretary
  • James Gomez, CPA, Treasurer
  • Pastor Elwin Ahu, Director
  • Shawn Kana‘iaupuni, Ph.D., Director
  • Kimo Todd, CPA, Director
  • Morris Takushi, Emeritus
  • Rev. William Kaina, Emeritus


  • Shawn Kana‘iaupuni, Ph.D., President & CEO
  • Laura Dang, Vice President of Administration/Secretary
  • Alison Masutani, Vice President of Operations
  • Stephanie Nishimura, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer


Events and Opportunities

Ulu Hana: Pewa Awards Annual Fundraiser – Summer 2022

Corporate sponsorship & giving

Individual & major gifts

Volunteer & internship opportunities

Community partnerships

Purchase PIDF books


How You Can Help

Since 1997, PIDF has served over 128,000 people in over 50 Hawaiʻi communities. Your support uniquely impacts the lives of the families we serve.


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2040 Bachelot St., Honolulu, HI 96817

P: 808-595-5290
E: pid@pidfoundation.org

Social Media: @PIDFoundation


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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu

Mission: Transforming the lives of keiki by providing exceptional specialty care for all bone, muscle and joint issues in a family-centered and collaborative environment, regardless of a familyʼs ability to pay.


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Key Services Provided

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu is a modern, state-of-the-art, keiki-friendly facility that offers pediatric scoliosis and complex spine care, clubfoot diagnosis and treatment, 24/7 keiki injury care and pediatric sports medicine. We also off er specialized treatment for cerebral palsy and complex or rare neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Since 1923, our hospital has cared for more than 45,000 patients with nearly 80% coming from Hawaiʻi. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons also provide outreach services throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin.


In-house services include:

  • Prosthetics and orthotics lab (POPS) for creation and custom fitting of artificial limbs or devices including bracing
  • Physical and occupational therapy with gym equipment, assistive device assessments and an indoor therapy pool
  • Hawaiʻi’s first EOS X-Ray system, delivering quality imaging at a fraction of the radiation dose of standard x-ray imaging, deliver-ing on our commitment to keeping keiki safe
  • Recreation therapy providing adaptive sports and expressive arts to enhance recovery
  • 17-room Family Center for out-of-town families needing a place to stay during treatment of their keiki
  • Convenient telehealth options
  • Dental under sedation program



  • Anita Becker, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Interim Administrator and Director of Patient Care Services / Nurse Executive
  • Jonathan Pellett, M.D., Interim Chief of Staff

Board of Governors Executive Committee

  • Marc Rubenstein, Chairman
  • David Lusk, Vice Chairman
  • Mark Leo, Secretary
  • Dustin Verity, Treasurer


Events and Opportunity

Community Outreach:

  • Outreach clinic visits on Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island
  • Satellite clinic visits throughout the Pacific Basin
  • Community informational nights
  • Visit ShrinersChildrens.org/Hawaii for the latest news and events.


How You Can Help

When it comes to fund-raising, the possibilities are endless! Whether you attend a community event or host a fundraiser of your own, every dollar you raise helps make an immediate and memorable impact on keiki and their ʻohana. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For ways to participate, contact (808) 941-4466.


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1310 Punahou Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96826

P: (808) 941-4466

Facebook: @ShrinersHON
Instagram: @shrinershon


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The Institute for Human Services

Mission: We offer tailored service solutions for those in crisis and experiencing homelessness. We nurture and educate individuals and families, equipping them with the necessary tools to become successful, self-sufficient, responsible members of our community.


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Key Services Provided

Established in 1978, we are the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive nonprofit human services agency in the state. Our programming is a critical safety net for Hawai‘i residents in need, helping to end or prevent homelessness for nearly 6,000 individuals and families each year.


We listen to the unique needs of our clients, establish a foundation of trust, build customized service plans, and work together to overcome challenges and meet personal goals. We provide the education, guidance, and resources our clients need to prepare themselves to re-enter the community with confidence and a newfound sense of responsibility.


Our services include:

  • Case Management
  • Community Reentry
  • Emergency Shelters
  • Employment Aid
  • Family Programming
  • Health Services
  • Housing Placement
  • Meals
  • Medical Respite
  • Outreach
  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Veterans Programming



Board of Directors

Tracy Tonaki, President; David Morimoto, Vice-President; Joanna Oshiro, Treasurer
& Finance Chair; Lynne Unemori, Secretary; Elizabeth “Annie” Valentin, External Affairs & Development Co-Chair; Keala Peters, External Affairs & Development Co-Chair; Joe Viola, Internal Affairs Chair; Ellen Carson, Governance Chair; Jim Steiner, Audit Committee Chair; Julie Arigo; Ian Bigelow; Sondra Brandon; Christine Camp; Ellen Carson; Duke DuTeil; Roberta “Bert” DuTeil; Kenneth Fink; Jerry Gibson; David Gierlach; Sarah Guay; Jeff Harris; Ian Hogan; Ed Hope; Craig McGinnis; Patrick M. McGuirk; Nani Medeiros; Lauren S. Nahme; Ku‘uhaku Park; Lee Ann Silva; Rev. Msgr. Terrence Watanabe; Tammi Yokogawa-King


Events and Opportunities

Join us for the Homeward Bound Virtual 5K on Thursday, Nov. 25. Customize your 5K route and submit your finish time for a chance to win prizes.

Entry fee is $25–$35. All proceeds will directly benefit IHS.

To learn more, visit ihshawaii.org/hb5k.


How You Can Help

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

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


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546 Ka‘a‘ahi St., Honolulu, HI 96817

P: 808-447-2800
E: info@ihshawaii.org

Facebook & Instagram: @ihshawaii
LinkedIn: The Institute for Human Services


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After-School All-Stars Hawaii

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


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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 support, 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 currently partners with eight schools on O‘ahu and three on Hawai‘i Island, serving more than 1,800 students last year.



Board of Directors

  • 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 Vera


Executive Officers

  • Paula Fitzell, President and CEO


Advisory Board

  • Greg Dickhens
  • Bert A. Kobayashi
  • Susan Kobayashi
  • Maya Soetoro-Ng
  • Jeff Watanabe
  • Lynn Watan


Events and Opportunities

Annual All-Star Affair Gala

Each year our All-Star Affair Gala features performances and testimonies from our All-Star students. All proceeds from the event help us to continue to provide free and high quality after-school programs for underserved students. Contact us at aloha@students.org to learn more.


How You Can Help

Visit asashawaii.org/get-involved to learn how you can be part of our All-Star ‘ohana as a volunteer or provide opportunities for our students to learn as a corporate partner.


Donate to our programs online at asashawaii.org/donate and help provide exciting programs, classes, field trips and experiences for our students.


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P: 808-734-1314
E: aloha@asashawaii.org

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @allstarshawaii



Armed Services YMCA Hawai‘i

Mission: Armed Services YMCA Hawai‘i enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. Established in 1917, ASYMCA Hawai‘i offers quality social, educational and recreational opportunities to over 50,000 U.S. service members and their dependents on O‘ahu each year.


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Key Services Provided

Since 1917, Armed Services YMCA Hawai‘i has strengthened more military lives than any organization in Hawai‘i, through programs that connect military families with community to cope with the stress of deployment and ensure children have a strong educational foundation. ASYMCA Hawai‘i offers a network of programs to the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. In 2020, ASYMCA Hawai‘i served 52,910 military members and their families through three focus areas: Healthy Living, Early Childhood and Family Resiliency. Keeping our military families healthy and strong is what we do every day. We don’t just owe it to them, we owe it to our nation. With your help, ASYMCA will continue empowering military families to carry on with courage and strength in their extraordinary everyday lives. Please join us in strengthening our military ‘ohana. Strong families. Strong community. Strong nation.



  • Laurie Moore, Executive Director

Board officers

  • Lt Gen Dan “Fig” Leaf, USAF (Ret.), Chairman
  • Robert Borek, Vice Chairman
  • Pam Cabrera, Secretary
  • Mike DeCaprio, Treasurer

Board members

Don Anderson; Laura Aquilino; Erika Clearfield; Susan Cowan; Fran DeNinno; Sarah Fargo; Kathleen Flynn; Melanie Kott; Paul L’Ecuyer; Col Reese Liggett, USAF (Ret.); Capt Michael Lilly, USN (Ret.); MG Joe Logan, USA (Ret.); Dr. Glenn Medeiros; Sally Mist; Carol Nelson; Maureen Paparo; Eddie Quan; Margaret Sibley; Vivien Stackpole; Jeannine Wiercinski; Cindy Wilsbach


Events and Opportunities

  • Celebrating the Military Family Breakfast
  • ‘Eha Koa Golf Tournament
  • Military Children’s Ball
  • Father Daughter Dance
  • Operation Ride Home
  • Operation Holiday Joy
  • Summer Camps


How You Can Help

Schools, civic clubs, churches, businesses and individuals are welcome to volunteer. Corporate and individual giving is welcome.


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1260 Pierce St., Suite 145, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860

P: 808-473-3398
E: outreachdirector@asymcahi.org

Facebook & Instagram: @ASYMCAHawaii
YouTube: Armed Services YMCA Hawai‘i



Child & Family Service

Mission: Strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children is the mission of Child & Family Service (CFS). Responding to family and community crises since 1899, this data-driven organization uses a trauma-in-formed approach to help families heal from trauma, prevent abuse, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.


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Key Services Provided

Child & Family Service partners with local families through difficult times and helps empower them with tools to reach their full potential. Through an array of statewide, life-changing programs, we provide trauma healing and counseling and are dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. We offer fam-ilies healthy parenting skills, therapeutic counseling and academic tutoring for youth, and we help kūpuna live independently and support caregivers.


CFS programs help families sustain their best selves. This is done in their homes or at one of our 41 locations across the state. Free walk-in Family Centers offer resources, basic needs, parenting courses and more. Victims and survivors of domestic violence can access our 24-hour shelters or hot-line, teens in crisis can shelter in our residential home, and parents can call our confidential Parent Line for support. Retired and active-duty military families can access mental health care through The Cohen Clinic at CFS.



Executive Staff

  • Karen Tan, LCSW, President & CEO
  • Vivian Yasunaga, MPA, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Joey Keahiolalo, MSW, Chief Program Officer
  • Christie Onato, MA, Chief Performance Officer
  • Anne Marie Rizzo, Chief Advancement Officer

Board of Directors Executives

  • Arnold Martines, Chair
  • Louise Ing, First Vice Chair
  • Glen Kaneshige, Second Vice Chair
  • Erin Kirihara, Secretary
  • Beth Whitehead, Treasurer
  • Tony Mizuno, Past Chair


Events and Opportunities

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


How You Can Help

Family Giving Hub — Designate gifts by island or statewide to address the most pressing needs.

Marathon of Quarters — Help transform lives with our virtual initiative led by 100% volunteer Guild leaders.

As a local nonprofit, all donations remain in state.


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91-1841 Fort Weaver Road ‘Ewa Beach, HI 96706

P: 808-543-8413
E: cfsadvancement@cfs-hawaii.org

Facebook: @ChildandFamilyService
Instagram: @cfshawaii
Twitter: @cfshawaii



Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i

Mission: The Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i exists to promote and support Hawai‘i’s public libraries. FLH assists in increasing the facilities of the public library system by securing materials beyond the scope of the ordinary library budget and promoting the extension of free public library services throughout Hawai‘i.


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Key Services Provided

Established in 1879, the Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i has supported free public libraries in Hawai‘i for 142 years. FLH provides funding outside the regular state budget to support statewide literacy programs, grants to the 51 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.



Board of Directors

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


Events and Opportunities

Participate in and Sponsor our Programs

  • Join the Reading Programs at the 51 public libraries.
  • Cheer on the Ko‘olauloa Battle of the Books.
  • Visit your local branch for Free Comic Book Day.
  • Join a local storytime for Every Child Ready to Read tips.


How You Can Help

Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i is a membership organization. Please support us through membership, donation or bequest, visit one of our fundraisers, or sponsor a program we fund.

Support our Fundraisers:

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



501 Sumner Street, Unit 614, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96817

P: 808-536-4174
F: 808-536-5232
E: info@FLHhawaii.org

Twitter: @FLHhawaii
Instagram: @HawaiiLibraryFriends



Hale Kipa

Mission: Hale Kipa provides opportunities and environments that strengthen and encourage youth, their families and communities to actualize their potential and social responsibility.


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Key Services Provided

Hale Kipa’s programs bring together extensive experience, the support of the government and community and the efforts of our dedicated staff to form a continuum of services, from prevention to residential. By design and in practice, Hale Kipa’s programs are intended to be proactive in helping youth overcome challenges at the earliest point of intervention so that they can embark on journeys toward bright and promising futures.


Hale Kipa provides housing when there is nowhere else to go, as well as counseling and support services, PPE, school supplies and equipment for those with specialized needs.

  • 45% of youth served are of Native Hawaiian descent
  • 56% of youth served are female, 44% are male
  • 66% of youth served are ages 13-17
  • Ages of those served range from 3 to 24
  • 20 programs
  • 4.6 consumer satisfaction score (1-5 rating scale, 1 low, 5 high)



Executive Officers

  • Punky Pletan-Cross, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
  • Gwen Okamoto, Chief Financial Officer
  • Dori Tyau, Director Of Human Resources

Board of Directors

  • Scott Seu, Chair
  • Michael Magaoay, First Vice Chair
  • Susan Utsugi, Second Vice Chair
  • Gregory Sitar, Treasurer
  • Luke Yeh, Secretary
  • Katie Bennett
  • Heidi Cregor
  • Chris Deuchar
  • Jaime Green
  • Virginia Hinshaw
  • Lanson Kupau
  • Zachary McNish
  • Jean Odo
  • Judy Pyle
  • Richard Sakoda
  • Zadoc Brown Jr.



The Hale Kipa ‘ohana extends a heartfelt mahalo to our dedicated CEO, Punky Pletan-Cross, for 23 years of service! Thank you for your tireless leadership and commitment to Hawai‘i’s youth and families.


How You Can Help

“When youth come to your house, you can show them you care about them and you want to help them and help the community.”

-Resource Caregiver

Interested in learning more about Therapeutic Foster Care or becoming a foster parent? We welcome you to contact:

Kim Rivera
Foster Home Developer
O‘ahu – 808-589-1829, ext. 407


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91-2128 Old Fort Weaver Road, ‘Ewa Beach, HI 96706

P: 808-589-1829
E: info@halekipa.org

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Hawai‘i Literacy

Mission: Hawai‘i Literacy gives adults a second chance to learn to read and write, helps children from underfunded communities succeed in school, and trains volunteers to become literacy advocates. We provide books, technology and tutors so that literacy is no longer a barrier to better jobs, finishing school or enjoying a book together as a family.


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Key Services Provided

Hawai‘i Literacy serves over 3,100 low-income and underserved adults, children and families who struggle with reading and writing, through five free programs:

  • Adult Literacy one-on-one tutoring helps English-speaking adults on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island learn to read and write. Additionally, we offer Tech Times and monthly digital and basic literacy groups for learners and tutors.
  • The English Language Learner program provides multiple free online classes for adults learning to speak English.
  • Family Literacy Libraries at Mayor Wright and the Towers at Kūhiō Park public housing provide after-school education programs, tutoring, books, games, and critical pandemic resources for families.
  • Parents Achieving Literacy empowers parents to help their children become better readers through games, books, and Reading is Fun! workshops.
  • The Bookmobile serves youth at high-need sites from the Wai‘anae Coast to Honolulu by providing access to books, literacy activities, and keiki wellness bags. Another Bookmobile is planned for South Kona.




Brandon Kurisu, President, Upspring Media/AIO Digital; Jason Fujita, Vice President, Hawaiian Telcom; Jamie Asato, Co-Treasurer, Accuity LLC; Aaron K. Masuoka, Co-Treasurer, CPA LLC; Jill Takasaki Canfield, Secretary, Hawai‘i Literacy

Board of Directors

Lyssa Fujie, iQ 360; Mitchell Ka‘aiali‘i, First Hawaiian Bank; Kevin Katsura, Hawaiian Electric Co.; Kara Kitazaki-Chun, HMSA; Sean K. Knox, HiEmployment; Lynelle Marble, Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative; Jason Masaki, Direct Support Resources; Doug Shimokawa, PACXA; R. Scott Simon, Simon Leadership Group; Ann Teranishi, American Savings Bank; G. Todd Withy, G. Todd Withy Law Offices; James A. Wong, Zelinsky Co.


How You Can Help

Awareness: One in 6 adults struggle to read. Your encouragement to a friend or family member can be the difference!

Wish List: School supplies (scissors, backpacks, colored pencils, glue, etc.) and program supplies (sandwich bags, paper towels, cleaning materials) are big needs in our growing keiki programs.

Donate: Year-end or holiday donations support our community-based programs.

Volunteer: Help adults and keiki build lifelong reading skills!

Employee Giving: Support literacy through Aloha United Way, AUW code #96240.


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Jill Takasaki Canfield, Executive Director
P: 808-537-6706
E: info@hawaiiliteracy.org

Social Media: @hawaiiliteracy



O‘ahu SPCA

Mission: Oʻahu SPCA was founded in 2009 and is the fi rst animal shelter in Hawaiʻi with a “no-kill philosophy.” Since then, the population of homeless animals has been reduced by approximately 60%. This is in part attributed to our dynamic outreach and sterilization programs.


Oʻahu SPCA rescues and provides the lowest cost veterinary services for more than 17,000 animals and families each year statewide. These community services are provided with the help of private and corporate donations.


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Key Services Provided

Have you planned ahead for your beloved pets?


Responsible pet parents often plan for medical care but what about the destiny of their beloved pets should they predecease them? Pet Assurance, offered by the Oʻahu SPCA, is an innovative way to plan for your petsʼ wellbeing in the event you can no longer care for them. Oʻahu SPCA guarantees the health and care of your loving companion for the rest of its life.


Companion animals often end up in shelters or are not properly cared for due to the death of a pet parent. The stress of losing their caretaker and suddenly being homeless is nothing that we wish for our beloved pets.


This was the case for a recent member of our Pet Assurance Program who unfortunately passed away a few weeks ago. He planned ahead, arranging for the Oʻahu SPCA to care for his beloved pet, Pika, with funds from his estate. Pika is now in expert hands at the Oʻahu SPCA, and once fostered or adopted into a new loving family, he will be monitored for the rest of his life.



  • Kristen Hudson, Director of Development
  • Dr. Adrien Pasque, Director of Veterinary Services

Board of Directors

  • Audy Kimura
  • Maude Lau
  • David Ryan
  • Allan Mayhack
  • George T. Paris
  • Stephanie Ryan


How You Can Help

To learn more about how you can plan ahead for your pet with Pet Assurance, contact the Oʻahu SPCA at (808) 754-1519 or Info@OahuSPCA.org.


These community services are provided with the help of private and corporate donations; please donate at Oahuspca.org.


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P: 808-754-1519
E: Info@OahuSPCA.org

Kristen Hudson
P: 808-754-1519
E: Kristen@OahuSPCA.org

Facebook: @SPCA.Oahu
Instagram: @the_oahu_spca
Twitter: @OahuSPCA



Waikīkī Health

Mission: Waikīkī Health’s mission is to provide quality medical and social services that are accessible and affordable for 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 provides a “medical home” that considers the physical and mental health needs of the whole person. The ‘Ōhua Clinic in Waikīkī offers primary and preventive medical care fully integrated with behavioral health and Native Hawaiian healing, pharmacy services, optometry, EIS (HIV/Hepatitis C Early Intervention Services), chronic disease management, HIV/AIDS services, care coordination, pediatric care, tobacco cessation, medical nutrition therapy and social services. The Makahiki Clinic in McCully-Mō‘ili‘ili offers medical care integrated with behavioral health, dental services, optometry, tobacco cessation and pharmacy services; the Youth Outreach (YO!) Drop-in Center & Clinic in Waikīkī provides medical care and social support to homeless youth; and the PATH Clinic provides perinatal care to women with a history of substance use disorders. The Next Step and Keauhou homeless shelters assist couples and individuals, the Pu‘uhonua Prison Program helps offenders successfully reenter the community, and our Emergency Department Diversion Plan helps reduce overutilization of hospital emergency departments.



Executive officers

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


Board of directors

  • Edward Springer, President; Former Consultant and Advisor to the White House OMB, FBI
  • Ashley J. Noji, VP; Assistant VP, Deposits Product Manager, Bank of Hawaii
  • Scot Sterenberg, Treasurer/Chair, Finance Committee; Head of Office, Marsh Management
  • Paul Kaleolani Smith, Secretary/Chair, Advocacy Committee; former Army medic
  • Phil Acosta, Chair, Governance Committee; ED, Aloha Harvest, Food to Feed Hawai‘i’s Hungry
  • Thomas Namiki, MD, Chair, Quality Assurance Committee; Pathology, Queens Medical Center
  • Alexis Charpentier, Chair, Compensation & Succession Planning, DOH, HIV Transmission Reduction Coordinator
  • James Nelson, Chair, Marketing & Development, Former Session Attorney with State of Hawai‘i


Events and Opportunities

Every February, Waikīkī Health co-hosts “Give Kids a Smile,” which provides free dental care to keiki, and our Wellness Fair every August celebrates National Health Center Week.


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).


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277 ‘Ōhua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815


P: 808-537-8400

F: 808-922-6454

E: mlohman@waikikihealth.org

Instagram & Twitter: @waikikihealth



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