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.

Domestic Violence Action Center

Since 1990, DVAC has provided legal information and representation to victims of domestic violence and serves as a statewide resource for social service providers, educators, health professionals, therapists, attorneys, employers, and civil groups. Recent funding supports its Immigrant Triad Program, created to address the unique and complex legal and social support needs of immigrant women who are struggling to survive interpersonal violence. 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.

Special Olympics Hawaii

Creating a more inclusive world, Special Olympics Hawaii is the state’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. The new three-year award supports its efforts to reengage with those negatively impacted by the pandemic and the inability to gather. SOHI hopes to undo some of the damage on the health and wellness of highly vulnerable individuals with disabilities and begin to reconvene communities around the needs of those they serve. 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.

Partner Organizations

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.