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.

Helping Hands Hawaii

Helping Hands Hawaii's Representative Payee Program (REPP) works with 600-plus adults with mental illness on Oahu and Kauai who, because of their illness, cannot manage their social security and disability benefits on their own. REPP coordinates with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to disburse over 45,000 checks per year for basic needs, including housing, food, transportation, phones, toiletries, insurance, and small personal allowances. The SSA will not disburse benefits to individuals they deem unable to manage benefits on their own due to the risk of becoming victims of fraud or the unintentional misuse of funds. So, in many instances, REPP acts as a representative payee to help individuals receive and utilize benefits. Many program participants are homeless, at high risk of homelessness, or struggling with other health issues due to their mental illness. The average age of program consumers is 55 years old, with approximately 23% being 65 and older, demonstrating a need for this vital service to serve our kupuna and mentally ill population. Learn more here.

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.

Ala Kukui – wāhine pō’ai

Ala Kukui in Hana has developed a statewide program supporting the professional and personal development needs of women nonprofit executive directors who are early in their careers. The program incorporates a holistic approach to each participant’s leadership development attune to gender, cultural, and socio-economic variables. This award supports the growth of leadership opportunities for women and strengthens the capacity of the nonprofit sector by developing a new generation of strong leaders. Learn more here.

Alzheimer’s Association Hawaii

A one-year general operating grant was awarded to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s work with those struggling with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, including families and caregivers. The disease disproportionately impacts women as patients and caregivers and the organization’s work addresses some of the disparities. Learn more here.

Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN)

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our educational, workforce, and healthcare systems, and has had a negative impact on access to childcare. We support HCAN’s work to help facilitate effective and equitable expenditure of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds targeted for childcare stabilization and expanding access to childcare support in Hawaii. Our grant award provides the foundation with an opportunity to impact two of our high priority target populations – children and women. Learn more here.


HawaiiKidsCAN is committed to ensuring that Hawaii has an excellent and equitable education system that reflects the true voices of communities. Our support focuses on the work of HawaiiKidsCAN in the digital equity space via its WiFi on Wheels project. Our foundation also supports the nonprofit’s advocacy within government systems and the community for children, students, and families in need across the state. Learn more here.

Early Childhood Action Strategy (ECAS)

The ECAS brings together non-government and government organizations to improve the system of care for Hawaii’s children. Our support focuses on its work to address the needs of mothers who have or are struggling with perinatal substance use/abuse, as well as the needs of their infant children. With the lived experience of interacting with the child welfare system and substance abuse disorder (SUD), Kim (pictured) now works to support pregnant and parenting moms with SUD in the Makua Allies demonstration project funded by our foundation. Learn more here.


The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) works to unite and strengthen the nonprofit sector as a collective force to improve the quality of life in Hawaii. As a trusted resource for local nonprofits, they provide insight and guidance while amplifying sector needs through public policy work.  Connecting nonprofits together to identify common values and goals, they facilitate dialogue on key issues and expand resources to support mission impact for organizations across the state. Learn more here.


HUGS was founded in 1982 at Unity Church by a small group of volunteers who recognized the many challenges faced by families with seriously ill children. Its programs strengthen and support families with children facing life-threatening illnesses that range from cancer, cardiac issues, liver and kidney ailments to chromosomal defects. HUGS serves Hawaii children, ages birth to 21 years and provides compassionate support to parents challenged financially and emotionally by issues related to their children’s condition. We are proud to support HUGS over the next three years through a general operating support grant. The foundation believes in fostering relationships built on shared values, so we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with HUGS, its team and its board, as they continue to uplift Hawaii’s community. Learn more here.

Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)

Focusing on schools with a majority of students from low-income households, the Visual Arts Integrated Education Program provides art immersion classes for students and workshops for teachers to use art as an innovative and effective teaching strategy. Learn more here.


Kupu’s mission is to preserve the land while empowering youth. It provides hands-on training in conservation, sustainability and environmental education for young adults with the goal of cultivating Hawaii’s next generation of environmental and cultural stewards. Providing service opportunities that create positive environmental, cultural and community impact across Hawaii and the Pacific region, Kupu is dedicated to guiding the island towards a more sustainable future.
The foundation is proud to enter into a multi-year partnership with the team at Kupu, providing general operating support over the next four years. As the foundation continues to evolve, Kupu fits perfectly into our philosophy of community impact as we go beyond contractual relationships and into partnerships based on mutual values. Learn more here.

Lanakila Pacific

Since its founding, Lanakila Pacific has helped more than 150,000 people live with greater independence. Its family of programs and services enable individuals with disabilities, including cognitive, physical and age-related challenges to reach their goals and potential. Lanakila Pacific’s vision is to inspire inclusive communities where people of all ages and abilities are empowered to find meaningful employment, live independently and thrive in spirit. Serving more than 2,000 people annually, its work helps to cultivate self-sufficiency and community inclusion. Learn more here.

Make-A-Wish Hawaii

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.

Past Grantees

Aloha Harvest
Alternative Structures International
American Bird Conservancy
American Heart Association
Arthritis Foundation
Boys & Girls Club – Kauai Clubhouses
Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council
Breastfeeding Hawaii Coalition
Feeding Hawaii Together
Filipino Community Center
Gift Foundation
Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Hawaii Investment Ready
Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center
Hawaii International Child
Hawaii Nature Center
Hawaii Opera Theater
Hawaii Wildlife Center
Hawaiian Mission Houses
Honolulu Police Community Foundation
Honolulu Zoological Society
Ho’ola Na Pua
Hope Street Group
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kahala Elementary PTO
Kona Historical Society
Kua’aina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA)
Leilehua High School
Maryknoll School
Pacific Region Baseball, Inc.
PBS Hawaii
Read to Me International
Teach for America
The Early School
UH Foundation – UH Manoa Athletics
Viet Hope
Waikiki Health
Wally Yonamine Foundation
YMCA of Honolulu