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Project Hawai'i, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   111 reviews 2,900

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Address:

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

Mission:

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

Results:

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

Programs:

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 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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

would like to share the exprience that I had with my family and Project Hawaii. I found them on a facebook comment. I saw a post that someone needed school supplies for their children and under the comment Magin Patrick responded that she would take care of everything including the backpacks. So, what if I ask? can't hurt since my children aren't going to school anyway and they have no supplies. That next day she came to help us, no hassles. On fb she asked the grades and gender of my children, not about their names, or what my situations is, just what she needed to get the stuffs.
She came and gave it, I signed a paper saying I needed help, and then she went. Well after we gave her hugs and my children cried because they were so happy to be able to go to school with the things they need.
My children have never had a new backpack. Never!! they always had others people that gave us, or were donations that were left by our area where we stay.
I cannt believe that she is really there for people like me and my children. She is a blessing and an angle. I hope that Project Hawaii is able to continue helping other families like mine forever. She is truly a blessing to my children. This was two days ago and my children are still asking why the lady gave us so much stuff.

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I am both a volunteer and a donor, and have been with Magin for past 11 years. She is truly dedicated to all these children and can't imagine what they would do without her and Cliff. However, it is very frustrating to see her work so hard to obtain the funds so desperately needed in order to provide all that they do for these keiki; often times, coming up short, but somehow she still makes it work!!! Project Hawaii is the best!!

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I have been a volunteer with Magin & Project Hawaii since moving to the Big Isld 10 yrs ago. She is totally devoted to helping these homeless keiki and their families. If it weren't for her and Cliff, I don't know what many of these families would do. They work nonstop to raise funds to provide not only the necessities (food, clothing, hygiene items), but to also give them some joy in their lives; i.e., holiday parties/events, summer camps, etc. It is unfortunate that Magin and Cliff must work so hard to raise the funds needed to accomplish these goals and that many of the local community organizations/business, do not step-up to help them. Project Hawaii should be one of the top non-profits in Hawaii.

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I have been both a regular volunteer and donor for Project Hawaii since moving to HI over 8 years ago. Magin has continually done an amazing job of always being there for any child/family in need while simultaneously organizing and offering all her regular yearly events for these children-- Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, summer camp, etc. She manages all of these tasks while working with only donations and volunteers. Project Hawaii is long overdue for major recognition and financial assistance!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been with Magin and Christmas Wish since moving to HI five years ago. And I have never experienced someone so dedicated to their "cause" as Magin. As another reviewer noted, she will use her own funds if she does not meet her monetary goals for a particular campaign, i.e., christmas gifts, books, food. I also agree that she seems somewhat dis- organized but amazingly to me (since I am a very organized person) everything falls into place and works! She does so much for these homeless keiki, it is really heartbreaking to see how oftentimes the community does so little to help her cause. Many families would be much worse off it weren't for Magin and Christmas Wish.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated to helping the keiki.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Aloha,
I was volunteering for this program at their last collection site in Pearl City. I was actually SHOCKED to see the lack of support this agency receives. The coordinator was there with her sign in sheet of all the people who inquired or "signed up" to help and the actual show up was quite different. The list probably had 20 plus people, some families, some with friends. I showed up about 10 minutes late, so missed some of the orientation, but there were only 5 people there to help. ONLY 5. Truly this organization needs more support and more commitment from the community. Yes, we do make a difference, but having double or triple the amount of people would CHANGE lives, not just make a difference.
So, why did I help.
1. To make a difference in the life a homeless child
2. To help raise the awareness that our island is in a crisis and these children need change.
3. To be involved with an organization that is out there doing what they say, and making the difference without red tape.
WHY SHOULD YOU HELP? I suppose because Project Hawai'i needs you to continue their efforts to feed and care for the homeless children.
I am not sure if everyone understand what Project Hawai'i, Inc. does, or WHO THEY ARE.
Project Hawai'i, Inc. is a nonprofit that helps provide emergency and basic life needs to children living in extreme poverty unsheltered areas across the islands. They provide school support, emergency care, holiday events and so much more life changing opportunities to these children.
WHO IS PROJECT HAWAI'I, INC????
First let me say THEY ARE NOT a government agency, they do not have government funding and they do NOT have any paid staff.
SO, who is Project Hawai'i, Inc. As far as I can tell it is Magin Patrick and Cliff Kama, 2 people dedicated to make a difference on their days off. TWO PEOPLE who put together a huge organization to change lives and make a difference. TWO PEOPLE who invite the community to help, who struggle through the hard times, and still care for these children.
I was amazed, it truly is TWO PEOPLE and a handful of people who help when they can, here and there to make a difference.
YOU CAN BE PART OF WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

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While volunteering with Project Hawai'i over the holidays, I realized what a difference they truly make for the children living in extreme poverty. Some of us might think that a little gift, or a box of food doesn't really do anything to really make a difference. But from my experience it does. These children not only wait for Magin and Cliff to show up, they are so excited to just to see that they really do care for them. The children rely on these two people to bring them life needs, and LOVE. I couldn't believe my eyes to see the bond these two have with the children.
To be a part of this program, weather it be a donor or a volunteer, it does make a difference. This organization is not just a general drop off stuff organization. They are hands on, and they do take it personal. Treating these children and families as if they were their own, Cliff and Magin really do provide care beyond belief and I am happy to have made a difference with my donations and time.
Looking forward to continuing to know that I do make a difference on this island for these precious children living in poverty. Please support Project Hawai'i, Inc., any way you can.

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Thank you for a wonderful Christmas for my family. I have 3 children and we have been homeless for 5 years living in the streets and not knowing what to do. When you guys found us a few years ago it really changed our lives. We are now on the way to recovery and we live at a tempory housing program. This is because of Magin and Cliff. They really care about us and they want to see us succeed. The support is not expected and more than imagined. Just happy to be able to know that no matter what we can count on Project Hawaii. mahalo and happy holidays

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I just want to thank everyone. My children would not be going back to school with their supplies if you were not there for us. Thank you for always being there. We wish we didn't need to count on you two, but it is nice to know we can. Mahalo for all your care to my children-M.K.

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When I discovered Project Hawaii many years ago when I moved to the Big Island, I was stunned to find out how many kids were living in poverty and/or homeless. Magin is so dedicated to these children and never judges them. She knows they are "innocent bystanders" of their circumstances. It is truly heartwarming to see what a difference Project Hawaii has made in so many children's lives.

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Project Hawai'i has not only changed the lives of the children I donated to, but has changed my life in unexpected ways. I never expected to actually see the impact that might donation might make. As with everyone, you hope your donation is used as stated and truly makes a difference, but to actually have meet a child that was involved as a client served in a parking lot was amazing.
This little girl, a bunch of her siblings and her mom were standing in the parking lot next to the entrance of Walmart. Fumbling through their overstuffed backpack looking for something, and blocking the way of my cart. So, I kindly asked if they needed help finding something, as I could tell they were not going to be able to move.
The mom stated to me that she had lost her gift card that the little girl got for Christmas, and they had spent all their money on the bus to shop with these cards, but couldn't find the daughters one.
The little girl was crying and saying that her aunty was going to be mad because Santa gave her the card, and just went on and on. I was a donor of some of these cards. I donated 10 $10 Walmart Cards to help families in need through Project Hawai'i, Inc. So, I asked the mom what agency provided these cards. She replied that Santa gave them to the children in their stocking. Not being rude for their sake, I asked if that was with Project Hawai'i. The mother answered, yes, Magin delivers for Santa because he can't come into the bushes with his reindeer. I gave the mom another $10.00 for the daughter and proceeded to conduct my shopping.
As I was in the store, I really felt blessed to once again know that what I do makes a difference because I chose an agency who truly cares for these precious children. Of course I don't know if those were the gift cards I donated, but obviously the children are getting their blessings and their lives are enhanced, just as Project Hawai'i claims to do. Enhancing the lives of homeless keiki.

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