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Project Hawai'i, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

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

Results: This is our 15th 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 13th year providing the free summer camp educational program. We plan to expand our summer camp to those on the island of Maui for 2018 as well. Currently, we have our Adventures Abound Day Camp on O'ahu and Edu-Camp Sleep over camp on Big Island. Both these camps are striving to be 100% organic!

Target demographics: Poverty stricken and homeless children living on the islands of Hawai'i. We target unsheltered homeless 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/Outreach Emergency Support Job/Life Training/Skills Volunteer/First to Work Opportunities

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Wanted to share this video that was sent to me after my support towards Project Hawai'i Teen Mentoring program for the homeless children in Hawai'i. I was involved with this educational program over the past few years and know that my donations truly make a difference. This program is awesome! They are all volunteers and the funding comes from local people like me. This video says it all to me. Touches my heart to see these children grow and have such happiness on their faces.
Being homeless in Hawaii is common among children. We are number one in the nation 5 years in a row. This program helps these children succeed and escape their cycle of which they were born. The teens I chose to support are going on to college, and will make a difference.
When providing support in anyway to this wonderful organization not only saves lives, but make the community a better place to live.
Want to thank all those who make a difference and the founders of Project Hawai'i for their dedication year after year.

2 GinaGreene

Advisor

Rating: 5

Project Hawai'i, Inc. has a unique quality that goes beyond just another nonprofit helping homeless children. This entire program is run 100% by volunteers. A dedicated team of community members who wish to see a difference in the world around them. Joining forces to assure these precious homeless children have a chance to succeed and escape their cycle of poverty. We invite you to join our journey and see where your passion leads.
This camp derives from those who have a purpose and a passion on earth and wish to share it to make a difference. Everyone has a purpose, a passion and the responsibility to share with another. These children deserve the best we have to offer. Year round prep makes this summer educational program the award-winning program it is. Please take a few minutes to visit our website and see where your path leads you. #doingsomething #changingtheworld #endinghomelessness #bethechange #projecthawaiiinc #summercamp #educationalprogram #higherlearning #teenmentoring

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was out having lunch one day and this group of teenagers and their leaders sat down for lunch. The lunch was sponsored by a local company (Ultimale Burger) which caught my attention of what made this group special. Overhearing the teens talk about the events they had just finished (a fundraiser to send homeless children back to school prepared) and hearing the joy they expressed while taking about the fun they had at camp with the young children made me feel the need to approach the group leader and learn more about Project Hawai’i. Turned out this is actually a teen mentoring program for homeless to learn to succeed. Learning life and social skills is a huge part of their goals. This program is 100% sponsored by public donations and run only by volunteers who can devote the summer to making changes in these teens lives. They travel the big island and help homeless across the their journies.
I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to check out and research this program. It is truly amazing. I actually took this photo to send to the group and found this request for sharing stories. I am so happy I chose to eat a hamburger today!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Magin and Cliff and all those touched by Project Hawaii have shown that compassion coupled with cooperation can bring about such impactful outreaches. They bring together volunteers from all over the country for the cause of equipping and encouraging Hawaiian children and their families who live in poverty. The year-round followup care and prayer opportunity this opens up in the lives of each child who attends camp or other program is beautiful. In our case, Magin allowed our family from Tennessee to share a meal, games and fellowship at the Kalopa State Park camp on the Big Island as they kicked of a week full of joy, adventure and hope. Praying this continues throughout the year and that our family can return with greater level of involvement! Mahalo Project Hawaii and Kalopa State Park! Wonderful folks with BIG hearts and compassionate purpose!

4 Theresa T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you don't already know about Project Hawaii please take the time to find out. It is my favorite charity. The way I look at it no child deserves to be homeless, so I do what I can. I want to support my home, Hawaii, and what better way then to help Hawaii's Keiki. This charity has a summer camp for the Keiki and they help them go back to school by providing the supplies that they need. They do much more so please find out about Project Hawaii, Please help if you can. Manalo Nui.

6 LoveLifeLive

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to be a special guest at the summer camp this year. What an amazing program Project Hawai'i, Inc offers these precious children. Although these children come from such diverse backgrounds and range in age from very young to teens, they all share one thing in common and that is having the joy that this camp bring to their lives for a week. Living in extreme poverty and homeless situations that one can only imagine is heartbreaking, but when the smiles come out, and their personalities shine through, it is amazing.
I still can not believe this camp is solely supported by public donations and volunteers. The camp itself needs more support, but what is amazing is how this camp is put together so successfully on a non existent budget. I saw volunteers and donors drop off boxes of juice, fruit and other meal items. As Magin collected these boxes with joy in her eyes, it was if the universe had opened up to provide for those involved in camp. Children eagerly awaited their snack and were delighted to see the fresh fruit.
I was there merely to provide an activity for the children. I did bring a snack, but wasn't quite sure what to expect. Although the kitchen was full, and the aroma of their next meal filled the whole room, these children accepted the snacks as if they were starving and weren't sure more food would be coming their way.
I would have loved to share how my activity benefited their lives, but this camp actually opened my eyes to something I had never dreamed. I do hope that this camp finds the way to become supported by larger companies and is someday provided with the funding it needs to truly provide 100% of all the keiki needs.
I so enjoyed my short few hours interacting with the children and playing creative movement and dance with the children. While I know that my one activity is a small part of the day, this camp is constructed to allow the community to contribute to the whole one activity at a time. Mahalo to those who join in this program and make the difference in so many lives. Again it was my pleasure to donate my time and one snack to these precious children.
#dance #create #summercamp #volunteer #love #live #life #dosomething #realworld #oneday #oneactivity

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got into contact with Project Hawaii 6 months ago as we discussed the possibility of myself and my good friend Brittan coming to the camp to shoot photos and video. The experience was more than I could've ever expected. I think God puts things into my world for a reason and I can clearly see that's exactly what he did with Project Hawaii. The camp itself was very well run and the kids were wonderful with the camera. Much love to Magin and Cliff for accommodating us while we were there. So excited to finish putting together this video for them. A wonderful non profit to say the least. These guys really know what they are doing and they put so much passion into it all, I would love to come back someday and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to volunteer at a nonprofit.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am new to Project Hawai'i and have been part of their volunteer team for a few months now. I have had the pleasure to participate in a few awesome events and see how impactful this really small agency is in our community. Not only being front line as a volunteer to but seeing how the community reacts to the changes being made is wonderful.
I have met so many different wonderful people who truly put their heart and soul into this program. The clients are so grateful and respect the efforts that it takes to provide the services they receive.
I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to make a difference and know that their donations of time or money is well worth the while. This program is truly driven by heartfelt people.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a newer volunteer to Project Hawai'i and have found that this dynamic life-changing program is very under "staffed". There is so much to do and so many ways to help, but the director is overwhelmed and has a hard time getting people started.
I have seen first hand the children and how this program impacts their lives. I have seen the dedication this wonderful lady has put forward and how hard she works to stay afloat.
It would be wonderful if the community would be more supportive. If they could get the exposure they deserve. While working with this organization I have seen more good and more changing effects than most do in a life-time.
Hoping this message will encourage others to make a difference and volunteer today. Join her team and change the lives of these children.

3 HawaiiGurl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha everyone!! I am honored to be asked to share my story about the impact that Project Hawai'i, Inc has had on my life as I joined their journey to help end the cycle of poverty and homelessness here in Hawai'i.
After answering a volunteer wanted add, I became involved in helping with fundraising and awareness events. Learning how one person can impact another is a wondrous joy everyone should experience in their lifetime. I helped to raise thousands of dollars, meet new people with similar likes as me and best of all change the lives of homeless children.
I am a dance instructor. I love to move to the sounds of universe and so delighted to share this with the homeless children at their summer educational programs on the Big Island. Never realizing that the impact this would bring to my life, I am so excited to share. When I enrolled to become a guest to share my talents, I had no idea the state of these children. Walking into the camp and seeing all their little faces, lack of social skills and eagerness to learn. They all ran up to me and said HELLO and wanted to know what I had in my bags. I was overwhelmed with their emotions that one could tell came from being neglected of simple life needs. After speaking with other volunteers and those who put on the camp, I could not believe that these children truly have nothing and when we come as guests we give them a new look at life. My dance class teaches them to feel their emotions and let it out through dance. While these guys are very young, it was fun to see them wiggle and jump and move their bodies as they shook out their fears, and their tears. I am so happy to be filled with their love and gratefulness.
Volunteering for the program will fill your heart and spirit. It will give you a perspective on life that one rarely sees.
Happy to be part of this life changing program.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a teen mentor for Project Hawai'i Summer camp was truly a life changing experience. I am in my senior year of high school and my mom was pushing me to figure out a career path. I was so uncertain about what my passion was and what I wanted to dedicate my life to. My mom is a doctor, and yet I felt like she was not really happy with her choice in life. She truly should have been able to follow her real dreams and become a home decorator and reconstruct historic homes. Her parents wanted her to be "successful".
After spending 4 weeks with the team at Project Hawai'i and finding my own strengths, I phoned my mother at our graduation and told her, "Yes, I will go to school to become a pediatrician." The fact that I know I can change lives and maybe someday have a foundation for those who can not afford adequate care and love was overwhelming what I wanted to strive for.
I am so grateful for this teen mentoring program. When I signed up, I thought, great I am going to Hawaii and will be able to volunteer and give back. Complete my senior project and have a blast. When I arrived and learned the true meaning of this camp, the leaders vision and actually saw first hand how these children live in poverty situations, my ideas fly out the window. I can't express the sadness one feels when seeing these children and how they are being raised to the joy you feel knowing you have helped them find joy and happiness, even if just for a moment in time. This past Christmas I sent them all a Christmas card and a small gift card with LOVE and know that these children will always remain in my heart.
Nothing can beat this experience. Being able to find your own path and follow your journey alongside the guidance of those who really care is priceless. I am so happy to be part of this 'ohana (family as they say in Hawai'i).
Aloha until next time!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was invited to share my story as a mom who was able to send my child to the free summer camp for those who are struggling to survive on these islands. I was born and raised here on the islands, this is my home. I have never known what it means to live in a home or call a "sheltered" place home. I have always been in the struggles of being homeless and not knowing what the future can hold for me. Now a young mom with two children and no husband, I continue the struggle and hope that my children have a better life than I had.
Project Hawai'i Summer Camp has done that for me and my children. I was able to send my two children to camp and while they were in safe hands laughing and learning, I was able to apply for jobs and take care of other needs to make our life better.
I was surprised when asked to write a review. Who am I, who would care what I have to say. I only hope that others who are in need find this wonderful program and take advantage of what the leaders are willing to do to help.
Without this program, i would not have the hope and support that it takes to keep me and my kids off the streets and out of the bushes. I am so happy that Project Hawai'i cares for the children. Magin and Cliff are the most generous and loving people I have ever met. Aloha is not a word that can describe them... they are just two souls who really care and want what is best for everyone. No judgement for what we are going through. Just the loving support and helping hand that is needed.
Hope that this letter is what was asked for. I know that I am just a single mom.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was one of the lucky teens to have been invited to attend the teen mentoring summer camp program. This experience was more than I could have ever imagined. Not only would my family ever be able to afford such an experience for me, I was so blessed to have everything I needed sponsored. Once I finished the program, the memories of what made this so wonderful still remain in my daily thoughts. I have learned so much from this camp. So much from my experience as I was able to work with teens who were there to help me grow and learn.
I am proud to say that I am the first person in my family ever to have graduated from high school, and I owe that to Project Hawai'i, Inc., for always being there for me and my family.
I am so grateful that Magin and Cliff decided to open this camp up to teens who are homeless and struggling in life, not just for the little one's. My life is so much better because of this experience.
I am now applying for college and hold a full-time job. My life is on the right track and I will succeed.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review and I hope that this helps someone else in the future find the hope that I have found with Project Hawai'i.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After searching for a nonprofit that makes an impact on the lives of homeless children in Hawai'i, I ran across Project Hawai'i, Inc. After researching their website and social media I fell in love with what this program does for the homeless children. The passion and respect they have to change the lives of these precious children is unmatched. The dedication to assure that every child is found during the holidays, and families without transportation make it to their summer programs, or the fact that they really go out looking for the homeless despite the locations or even harmful areas.
If you have a chance to check out the website, or be involved on any level, please do so. I was a volunteer and a donor and will continue my support as long as I am able. This nonprofit is not really widely known and that is a tragedy for the children they care for.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a new donor and supporter of Project Hawaii. I had a wonderful experience working with the children at their summer educational program. What surprised me most was the fact that this organization does so much with so little. It is hard to believe that run 100% by public donations!
I visited the camp expecting it to be just fun and games for the children since I know they have little donations coming in. My contribution wasn't much either, but the fact this camp provides everything for these precious children is amazing.
I was so surprised to see all the meals are prepared from fresh and organic ingredients. It shocked me that everything was truly made by hand. These children enjoyed 3 homemade meals daily!!!
To see the eyes of these children light up as they participated in one activity to the next was more than my heart can handle. This camp was by far the most educational and guided camp I have ever seen.
Project Hawai'i will continue to have my support and I do hope this review will encourage others to take the step to give. Every little bit makes a difference. The photo shown is the thank you card I received. I will post it on my fridge as a daily reminder of the joy I was able to share with these children.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that because of Project Hawai'i Teen Mentoring Summer Camp, I am a true mentor! I can't thanks this program and the dedicated staff enough for giving me the skills and self confidence to truly be the leader I always wanted to be. I attend camp a few years ago as a freshman. The entire group that year was 13-14 years old. We were told that was sort of rare, being that we are all either going to be or were freshmen. But as Magin always says, "Everything happens for a reason and the universe gives us exactly what we need, when we need it". Something that is hard to even comprehend, but this woman truly lives in a world of hope and dreams. She is always there for what the teens need, and beyond belief when it comes to providing for these homeless children we work alongside all summer long.
I wasn't sure what this program would provide for me, but I knew I needed to be my own person in an environment that was service driven. I am so glad that I took the steps to find this awesome organization and raised the extra money my parents wouldn't provide for me.
I was asked to share a story, but there are so many wonderful things to share, I decided just to give a recommendation. Enroll, go to this program, make it part of your life journey and tell your own stories. I hope to return someday and give back even more!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of this years Project Hawai'i Summer Camp as jr. leader has changed my life. I have spent most of my life being homeless, or living with different relatives here and there. Stability is not something I know. However, being part of this life changing experience has truly touched my life. This is actually my second year, and was so grateful for the opportunity to continue on my path to ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness for myself.
What Magin and Cliff teach at this camp, and throughout the year, is that we are in control of our outcome. We might not know what is going to happen to day, or where we will live tomorrow, but we do have control of what we learn, what we experience and who we can become.
Without Project Hawai'i, I would not have the self-esteem or even the will to stay in school to succeed. Their teen mentoring and jr. leader program provides us with so much to hold on to as we learn and grow into young adults. Project Hawai'i provided me this opportunity as well as all my back to school needs. They even allow the teens to shop for their own clothing and shoes. Giving us the joy of picking out our own outfit, our style, our perfect size and color. yes, that does make a difference.
Thank you to all those who make this possible. I know that the teens who participate have a tuition that helps to cover the cost for me to attend. I can't thank them enough. And the teens who truly care about me, and my future, more thanks than I can give.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a homeless family living in the Waimea area of the Big Island. Project Hawai'i has always been there for my children. I have two boys and two girls. We have lived in an abandoned car and up in the hills for 3 years. Every time the holidays come so does Magin and Cliff. They are always there for us.
We would not be able to have hope to have a joyful holding if they didn't come to make sure our kids are ok.
Stggling on the island is hard. We are born and raise Hawaiian and can't make a living to provide for our children but we still try. The children can't wait for see these great people and look forward to the holidays and back to school.
We was asked to share a story of how Project Hawaii when helped us. I know they have changed our life by being there for us. Hope and care throughout our struggles. These two don't judge and just love our family.
We know they have to get donations for everyting they give and I am thankful for the people who help. My children are what it is about and that is why I wanted to write this story

6 Trudy F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE this organization!!
I volunteered with them for many years while living in Hawaii. Magin and Cliff are the most selfless people I've ever met!
Keep up the GREAT WORK!

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Magin, the founder of Project Hawaii, is one of the most giving, selfless people I have ever met. I have volunteered for 5 or 6 years now during the Christmas season to help the kids have the kind of Xmas all kids deserve. I have helped at the Xmas party for most of those years and if you could see the smiles on the faces of those precious children you would know how much good this organization does.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love all Project Hawai'i does. We help out every year in Hilo at the Christmas party at Aunt Sally's. So very heartwarming to see so many kids get presents, see Santa and have a wonderful Christmas dinner. Mahalo for all you do!!!!