Project Hawai'i, Inc.
Rating: 4.93 stars 105 105 reviews 2,324
Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: P.O. Box 1844 Kea'au HI 96749 USA
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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very dedicated to helping the keiki.
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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.
We as a family have been a part of project Hawaii for more years than I can remember. Magin and her staff are 100% dedicated to the children and their families. They are there to fill in the gaps that families face when it comes to providing there children with educational opportunities, school supplies and shoes and clothes. If not for this wonderfully awesome program I don't know what we would have done. They are by far the best volunteer program we have had the pleasure of working with!
As a volunteer, it is hard to imagine that the little time that one gives will make such an impact on these precious children. I went in this adventure for a 3 hour volunteer shift...like a 3 hour tour, I was STUCK. Stuck helping these children have a wonderful life with this awesome program. I have volunteered for other agencies, at school and such, but nothing really seems to touch the heart like this agency does.
The homeless children are so dependent on their environment, community and yes, Project Hawai'i, Inc., just to survive. That is all these children doing, surviving to live another day. Who knows what the other day might bring? At least they can look forward to fun activities and supplies that Project Hawai'i provides. Keep up the good work, and hopefully your dream of being able to save ALL the homeless children of Hawai'i will come true!
I came from Pittsburgh, PA, to Hawaii to volunteer with Project Hawaii in 2010. Since then, the experience has still stuck with me as one of the best of my life. Magin works endlessly to ensure the children of Hawaii are taken care of despite the odds, and the rest of the volunteers do just the same. I am forever grateful for the work they do and I hope one day to be able to return to Hawaii and see what more awesome steps the organization has made to make the lives of the island's homeless population better.
We at SuperGeeks Hilo love this org and support their work and mission.
I was newly introduced to this program by attending a charity event hosted by Project Hawai'i, Inc. My friend was invited to an event, so I tagged along. Not really knowing what to expect, as there are so many charities out there, and everyone claims to be "changing the world". Well this was a bit different, not only did they not claim any outrageous claims, they simply invited everyone at the event to make a difference in their own way. Not asking for a donation, or even time...just do what you can to make a difference in your own way. They made the awareness of facts about homelessness that I don't think any of us realized, then gave simple solutions to how everyone can make a difference in their everyday lives. It was amazing that these two people can run an organization with such passion and NOT EXPECT anything from anyone...just the hope to do something to help these little children on our islands.
I encourage everyone to see what Project Hawai'i, Inc. is truly about. Listen to what is going on within their organization and choose to make a simple difference in just a few hours of your life.
I had fun at the event, my friend won a wonderful prize, and I purchased a silent auction item for a steal.
I hope this review is helpful for those who might be wondering who Project Hawai'i, Inc. is really all about.