Vision Statements

The H.T. Hayashi Foundation’s Board of Directors has developed 9 Vision Statements that represent their long-term vision, for the kind of impact they hope the Foundation is able to be a part of over the next 20 to 30 years. It is the intent that in each year, the Foundation will NOT focus on all 9 at the same time, but rather, will focus on certain ones based on requests for support received as well as partnerships and networks grown/evolved/seeded/supported. Publishing them all here, allows potential grantees, members of the public, as well as potential stakeholder partners, to get a sense of our major focus areas to determine best fit for reaching out to us with a support inquiry on programs/organizations targeted for short and long-term impact as a part of a proposed action item under 1 or more of the Vision Statements.

  1. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation has worked with other community stakeholders to effectively decrease HOMELESSNESS in Hawaii by 50% or more. We accomplished this by working with community organizations, public sector government agencies, and private sector business and stakeholders in a manner consistent with our core values, and by funding and supporting programs and organizations working in impact areas related to Arts & Culture, Human Development and Economic Security.
  2. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation inspired and provided a hand UP to generations of WOMEN who were struggling with a variety of life challenges such as poverty, domestic violence, trauma, single parent challenges, and interactions with the criminal justice system. Because of the work of the Foundation, thousands of women and those who come after them, have every opportunity to now thrive rather than just survive.  We did this by supporting organizations and communities doing work in the impact areas related to Arts & Culture, Human Development, and Economic Security.
  3. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation supported programs and projects that created hundreds of new and enhanced opportunities for GIRLS AND WOMEN to take on LEADERSHIP ROLES at all levels and in all sectors of our communities, including those traditionally held by men, thereby changing the dynamic of how we do business, how we effect change in communities, and how we move Hawaii forward to a better and more sustainable future. We did this by funding and partnering with community organizations and public and private stakeholders, on impact areas related to Arts & Culture, Human Development, and Economic Security.
  4. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation’s work in supporting ART EDUCATION IN SCHOOL curriculum here in Hawaii, paved the way to decreases in youth suicides, decreases in rates of alcohol and drug use amongst youth, decrease in juvenile crime rates, increases in positive community involvement during and after graduation, less bullying/increases in social and emotional learning amongst students, greater creativity and innovation in all areas of focus and sectors of the economy post-graduation, and increases in the number of students who pursue career paths in fields known for compassion, innovation, creativity, and a high tolerance for risk.  We did this work thru funding and supporting community efforts that focused on areas of impact related to Arts & Culture, Human Development, and Economic Security.
  5. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation, in recognition of the importance of ART (PERFORMANCE AND VISUAL) IN COMMUNITIES of all sizes and socio-economic backgrounds, has played a significant role in ensuring that all communities and demographic groups in Hawaii, have access to music performances, theater productions, and arts and culture museums without some of the more common barriers for in particular, AT-RISK COMMUNITIES AND THEIR CHILDREN – which include education, cost, and transportation.  We did this work thru funding and supporting community efforts that focused on areas of impact related to Arts & Culture and Human Development.
  6. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation helped to create a system of support that will ensure the PRESERVATION of Hawaii’s NATIVE HAWAIIAN cultural practices, sites, and language for generations to come.  We did this by funding and partnering with community organizations and public and private stakeholders, on impact areas related to Arts & Culture, Human Development, Environmental Conservation, and Economic Security, including those efforts that incorporate Native Hawaiian cultural values and practices around the role of elders in our communities.
  7. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation helped Hawaii to begin to turn the tide on the effects of CLIMATE CHANGE on these islands by funding and partnering with community organizations and public and private stakeholders, on Environmental Conservation efforts that focused on: access to effective affordable renewable energy strategies for public and private individuals, stakeholders and entities; climate resilient design; community-based water conservation and use strategies; shoreline restoration and preservation; and community education and training with a focus on place-based resilience.
  8. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation helped Hawaii realize an increase in individual, small and large scale FOOD PRODUCTION (80% of Hawaii’s demand) through supporting programs, organizations and community efforts focused on: urban farming growth; education, training and community outreach; food safety protocols; culturally appropriate nutrition information; and business mentoring via individual or incubator guidance – all with a specific relation to Human Development, Environmental Conservation, and Economic Security.
  9. The H.T. Hayashi Foundation helped ensure that ANIMALS in Hawaii have a more humane existence. We did this by focusing on support of organizations providing: access to adequate and quality healthcare, shelter and permanent homes for household pets; protection and preservation of marine life; and restoration and protection of species indigenous to Hawaii including the natural habitats in which they thrive.