Love and compassion
are vital to transforming human life and strengthening our community.
Who we are
Who We Are
Inspired by the life of visionary hotelier and philanthropist H.T. Hayashi, we are a family foundation guided by a passionate commitment to the people of Hawaii.
Supporting the Community
“My father’s values, including his compassion, guided him and acted as a filter in how he made his decisions. He believed in preventative measures within the community that you should treat the source of the problem, not just the symptom.”
– Corine Hayashi
Compassionate and innovative community development
Through community development, we create opportunities for the people of Hawaii to increase their self-sufficiency and quality of life. We work directly with grantees, investing in arts and culture, human development, environmental conservation and economic security, with a particular focus on programs that serve women, children and the elderly.
Below are a few of our grantees.
Kalihi Palama Culture & Arts Society (KPCAS)
KPCAS works to bring the community together by offering classes and two annual hula competitions for the community to participate in. Its Kumu Archive Project will turn over 100 years of first-person hula knowledge and history into a digitalized collection for keiki and the community to access for generations to come.
Since the very beginning, almost 40 years ago, Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s sole mission is to grant the wish of every child that is diagnosed with a critical illness to inspire them to believe that anything is possible – even the strength to fight harder against their illness. Funding will support the wishes of keiki who are from low-income or at-risk households, including youth in the foster care system. Learn more here.
Nature Activities for Learning and Understanding (NALU) Studies Program
NALU’s mission is to help empower and transform the lives of at-risk youth by cultivating an interest in enriched science education opportunities. Through NALU Studies, students receive hands-on learning in cultural settings, and guidance and mentoring throughout the program, opportunities that have become even more vital as effects of COVID-19 continue to impact youth education. Learn more here.
Read to Me International
“Every child in Hawaii will be read to every day for ten minutes,” a simple message that has guided Read to Me International since 1966. Their mission is to share the love and joy of reading aloud through the various programs they have launched for Hawai‘i’s communities with the greatest needs. Learn more here.
We believe in forward-thinking approaches to helping organizations achieve their goals. Providing counsel to all applicants and working to build capacity over multiple years, we partner closely with grantees for long-term growth.
We partner with diverse organizations to improve people’s quality of life and provide opportunities for the people of Hawaii to increase their self-sufficiency.