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Project Hawai'i, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   118 reviews 3,673

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing, Human Services


P.O. Box 1844 Kea'au HI 96749 USA


To enhance the lives of homeless children though interactive solutions to help them end the cycle of homelessness.


This is our 13th year on the islands of Hawai'i. Typically each year we are able to help over 1,500 children between the islands of Hawai'i and O'ahu. We have successfully provide holiday meals, parties, gifts, to hundreds living in poverty or homeless situations. Every month we provide emergency care, hygiene, food and clothing to those living homeless along the waters edge and those high in the mountains. This is our 8th year providing the free summer camp educational program. We plan to expand our summer camp to those on the island of Maui for 2016 as well. Currently, we have our Adventures Abound Day Camp on O'ahu and Edu-Camp Sleep over camp on Big Island

Target demographics:

Poverty stricken and homeless children living on the islands of Hawai'i. We target children between the ages of infancy to 18 years.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We provide services to an average of 1,500 individual children annually. In addition to the children, we provide life changing opportunities to moms enrolled in the first to work program. Helping them develop life and work skills so they can obtain work and employment opportunities to change their lifestyle.

Geographic areas served:

We provide services to the children living in poverty across the islands of Hawai'i (Big Island) and O'ahu


We provide the following Programs: Holiday Parties/Events Basic Life Skills Emergency Services Summer Camp Teen Mentoring Program Healthy Hearts for Homeless Keiki Monthly Giveaways

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Reviews for Project Hawai'i, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I just wanted to thank Project Hawai'i for being there for my family. This program is not just a hand out to those who are homeless. The people who run the program, Magin and Cliff, are truly caring people. They give us what they can every chance. I know they work hard in the community to get donations. I am so grateful for this program. Homeless people do have lots of resources , but none are caring like this. Project Hawai'i really makes the difference that our family needs to keep hope. I used to have a job, I used to have a home, and now my children and I are homeless. Magin and Cliff don't make us feel less, or look down on us. They make us feel welcome and want to help. They really want to help. No shame, just help. Mahalo to those who help this program going.

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3 people found this review helpful

Thank you for inviting our ohana to make a revew for you guys. I want to thank you for helping me to go back to school. Helping my children and making sure we are always taken care of. I know that because we are now in a house that wont matter to you. Santa will still come to our children. I kow I can count on you both. I kow my children will be good. Maybe people dont know what it means to have support. I kow my family is blessed to be helped by Project Hawaii. Even if it isnt Project Hawaii and just Magin and cliff, my family is good.
This is our first Christmas in a house. This is our first Christmas getting a tree. We love you guys

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2 people found this review helpful

Hi Magin and Cliff. Thank you for all you do for our family. It is hard for our family all the time. We are happy knowing you are there for us. Without you we dont have basic stuff like toothbrushes or even soap. We look forward to the boxes of food when you guys come. I am glad to write a riview for you. I hope that it helps. My family is greateful for you both being in our lives.
See you again soon.
Love from the Kahani Ohana

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been on the islands for over 20 years. Every year our family makes the effort to sponsor a child during the holidays. We typically see people in front of a store, or a toy box in a company. It seemed easy and we thought we were making a difference. I am sure we were, but not on the same level that we did giving to Project Hawai'i, Inc. Christmas Wish Program. Not only were we able to sponsor a child, this child was homeless living in a tent. Our family took last year one step further and volunteered at the Christmas Party and met so many homeless children. While we might not have heard their stories, know anything about them, the smiles on their faces, the laughter that filled the room was more than enough to know that we finally found the place our heart will stay. We hope that others will take the opportunity to really see how they can make a difference.
We are forever grateful for the opportunity that Project Hawai'i has giving our family.
The wonderful people who run this volunteer based program are truly the blessings that these children need. It is unimaginable what these children face on a daily basis. I am just glad that Project Hawaii's dedicated directors are there to make the difference during the holidays.
Amazing people!!! Check them out for yourself.

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1 person found this review helpful

I was taking my granddaughter shopping for a few fun items at the local Walmart. I ran across a group of young children holding signs and fishnets collecting money for "Homeless Keiki". I was actually truly interested in what this program was about. I feel it is important for my children and grandchildren to understand what is going on where we live, and in our community. So, I from the parking lot, I walked my granddaughter to the sidewalk to talk to one of the volunteers. This volunteer was the father of a one of the young children holding the signs. This volunteers was actually a client at one time and shared his experience with me and my granddaughter. He stated that without this program his children would not be as successful in school as they are now, they would not have the hope a better future that they have now, and they would not know the meaning of true care and compassion like they do now.
While is no longer living in the car with his children, he feels connected to this program. He feels it is the least he can do, give back to those who helped his family so much. I was touched.
I did realize that the director and her family were on the road as well. I am glad I was actually able to talk to the children and the father of those who this program helped, rather than the director herself. It is a wonderful experience to see good works in action. It was my pleasure to make a donation. I truly hope that the community takes the time to truly understand the importance of Project Hawai'i, Inc.
I know for my family, we will continue to keep updated and provide donations when possible.

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2 people found this review helpful

Hello everyone,
I wanted people to know how caring and generous Project Hawaii is. I was having a difficult finacial time because of me having to stay home with two special needs children. I was unable to buy school supplies and I seen that they were helping homeless people, so I asked them for help. Within 24 hrs they had come to my house with backpacks full.of school supplies. They were very caring and loving. My kids can npw go to school without fearing that they would be bullied because they were less fortunate. Thank you Project Hawaii,

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1 person found this review helpful

I ran across a lady and gentleman one day while I was out with my children at the park. I saw them with their camp shirts, assumed they were the group leaders, along with lots of little children. They seemed to be so involved with the children and truly wanted to be there. Just saying, because I have seen lots of out of control camps destroying parks, children yelling and running out of control, etc.
The lady blew her whistle and all here children came running. It was very cute. They all came from all directions running and "landed" in two completely straight lines. Most the children had hands on their side, looking forward and ready to "go".
I watched as she shouted out the requests to these children. Holding her hands up over their heads, "I need to see a girls line" with the other hand going up, "I needs to see a boys line" for those who need to go to the bathroom. The lines once again formed and the children were quite and calm. She then said, "quietly go to the bathroom, no running, and come back to line". Oh, right? I thought. Well the two little lines walked across the lawn and went quietly on their way.
During this time, I took a minute to ask what this program was about. Magin Patrick, said quickly, We are Project Hawai'i Summer Camp, a camp for homeless children. Our nonprofit runs 100% by volunteers to help them escape their cycle of poverty. I thanked her for what she was doing and collected my children to go.
After this experience, I did look up Project Hawai'i on line. I stayed awake far to long reading over their accomplishments and stories of whom lives they have changed.
There was a small section, review our agency.
I truly felt compelled to share my story, (and make a donation), with the public because what I witnessed in just the hour my children played at the park was amazing. Two people so dedicated to changing the lives of these homeless keiki.
Congratulations on all you do!! Mila and Robin

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved in several nonprofit organizations across the county. After settling in Hawai'i and finding a great retirement home, I was so blessed to find Project Hawai'i. This organization has made it possible for me to give back to my newfound community and be involved with something special.
Project Hawai'i is a different type of nonprofit from what I have ever worked for in the past. Being run 100% by volunteers is a strange concept I had not truly understood until being a volunteers here. There seems to be no real funds coming in, not much in the way of donations, and no stable support, yet these two people make EVERYTHING happen. Yes, I know it comes mostly from their pockets and hard work, but it is still amazing that the energy and time they focus to help the homeless children.
Like many before me, volunteers come and go. They seem to give up or become overwhelmed because the need is so great and the resources are just not there. I too have not been able to volunteer as much as is needed, and feel that this organization truly needs more support so it can continue. I have seen success in the children's lives and progress in the programs offered. It is truly amazing how much is being done with out proper support.
I have heard, "starting on a shoestring budget", this organization doesn't even have the shoestring and yet are able to provide the children with the entire shoe.
If you are looking for a great way to make a difference, please try Project Hawai'i. If you are looking to make a donation that will benefit the children, donate here. There is no waste, no red tape, no hassle. Just helping these precious children.

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1 person found this review helpful

My family is so grateful for having this angel in our lives. I only met her yesterday on facebook through a comment that she posted from another family who was looking for school supplies. I don't think that the people really understand what it means to come from Wai'anae. Wai'anae is not an easy place to grow up. Keiki are not always nice to each others and get bullied at school. Families are poor. They can't afford to get the things children need and the children suffer. My children were not going to school until I could figure out how to get them supplies. I did go places. No one helped because I didn't have the right paper work. Paperwork is what keeps my children from going to school.
I answered the comment Magin put on facebook and hoped there was no paper work. How can there be paper work on a facebook comment. Well there was one little sheet that had my children names and ages and clothing size and where they went to school. Everything on the paper was for my children, not about me, not about where we come from, not anything that is so hard to get. Just my childrens needs!! NEEDS!!! nothing else.
I didn't even fill out the paper work until after she gave my children new backpacks full of stuff. not just school supplies but with toothpaste and toothbrush, soap and so much other stuff for the children.
I know it is strange to think that I would give a review after only meeting a lady for a few minutes. She changed my luck and answred my prayers for my children. She didn't ask any questions, just gave us what we needed, smiled and waved goodbye. Then today, she asked me and I guess others to write a review. I am glad to do this. This is important that everyone knows what this program is doing and how much they really care. they help without judgement. they help without trouble. They just help!! Mahalo Project Hawaii for helping my children and giving them the supplies they needed.

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2 people found this review helpful

I struggle on a daily basis as im a single mama with my 3 girls due to no income that cause us to once live in the waianae boat harbor n from my experience every donation that's been handed to This program give us a light to our struggles to know our vaules n what we worth in life. This program also is continuously been a big postive influence on me n my kids that cause us to fight for a roof that we are now living in. I'll stay connected to this program so me n my 3 girls can fight off poverty n one day give back to the community for what the community once gave me n my family.

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