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.
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Kauai Clubhouses
The foundation first awarded a one-year grant to the organization to support out-of-school programming due to the pandemic. Takeaways from how the organization operated during the pandemic informed how it supports all out-of-school programming now and into the future. The multi-year award granted in May 2022, reflects the foundation’s trust in Kauai leadership, appreciation for their passionate commitment to children, and an understanding that without an organization like the Boys & Girls Club, many Kauai children and youth would not be able to successfully navigate hunger, educational challenges, trauma, emotional supports, health/wellness barriers, and future opportunities. This multi-year award also reflects the foundation’s commitment to the communities of Kauai, an island that holds a special place in the hearts of the Hayashi family as the birthplace of Herbert Hayashi and where his children spent much of their childhood. Learn more here.
Ceeds of Peace
Ceeds of Peace works to raise peacebuilding leaders by creating community platforms and opportunities for adults and youth, educators, family members, service providers, those in the justice system, business leaders, the faith community, and nonprofit professionals. They share and model tools, activities and best practices to develop leadership skills to create sustainable, just, peaceful communities. Learn more here.
Kalihi Palama Culture & Arts Society (KPCAS)
KPCAS works to bring the community together by offering classes and two annual hula competitions for public participation. Its Lohe I Ka Leo: Hear the Voice 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.
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. The current three-year award supports its efforts to expand NALU’s reach and provide similar transformational programming on the islands of Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai, while also continuing to support Oahu youth. 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.