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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 11th 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

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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

2 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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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.

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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!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was overwhelmed by the experience I had as a volunteer with Project Hawaii and their back to school event for the homeless children.
I volunteered to make a donation to help sponsor children and went on their outreach delivery to one of the encampments. When we arrived, children ran up to her car. Nothing I have ever experienced and hard to put into words. These children have no shoes on their feet, half dressed in filthy clothes, dirty faces and yet they are so happy and excited to see us pull up.
We called their names and handed them backpacks that were full of supplies, outfits and shoes. They also had a hygiene bag and a lunch sack.
The experience of watching the children get this backpacks truly is a life changing experience for me. I signed up to volunteer and donate, but what I got out of it is priceless.
I found this little organization online and thought I would be part of something to help on a small level. What I found out is that this organization is actually really big. They take on the needs and challenges of two islands and have no government or state help. Their staff consists of 2 people who volunteer and actually have jobs of their own. What's more impressive is the amount of children they provide for. I only visited one encampment, but they take on several different ones all across the islands.
Words can't express the feeling that one gets from being part of Project Hawaii. They truly make the difference they talk about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people involved with Project Hawai'i literally changed my life. They helped open my eyes to the struggles of kids and families less fortunate than me and gave me a chance to see first hand the difference that can be made with just a simple backpack. I am forever thankful to Magin and Cliff for including me in their camp this summer, and consider them and others that are involved as my extended family. The dedication that they have for these families is something I have never seen before. They literally spend almost every waking moment helping these kids in someway. Whether it be hygiene bags or a new set of pajamas, these children are always being considered and taken care of. I hope to be able to come back and be apart of this amazing group again in the near future. Mahalo to Magin and Cliff for this unforgettable experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our group was able to volunteer with Project Hawaii to raise funds for their summer camp program. It was a fun and rewarding day for all our members. Our group is about making change in the world and helping others. We were so impressed by the directors of this program. They cared about the volunteers as much as for the homeless keiki they provide service to. We felt like family and knew we were making an impact towards these precious children's lives.
Our teen group travels the world to make change, and help where needed. Volunteering with Project Hawaii is our favorite program. We raised funds for the children, then spent a half day with the homeless children. What an experience. #projecthawaii #volunteerhawaii #love #teenvolunteers #makeadifference #summercamp #helpthehomelesschildren

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Project hawaii is an amazing initiative., not suprisong with a woman like megan at the helm. I have known Megan & have seen her work in the community for many years. She works tirelessly for the children and the community, and always with a smile on her face. There are so many other wonderful volunteers & coordinators involved. This summer my daughter was blessed with the opportunity to attend the project hawaii summer camp. I have always dreamed of giving my girl the experience of sleep away camp, but, as a young, single working mother, it was just out of our budget. Project hawaii brought that dream to life. My daughter had an amazing time at camp! She really seemed to grow from the experience & definitely had a ton of fun. I look forward to being involved in this project more in the future!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks so much for giving my kids a awesome positive summer experience . They have been through a lot of transitions this year and we are just now obtaining some sort of stability. I'm so grateful to have met Megan and Cliff, it's a great relief to see that there are people who really care about something outside themselves. I couldn't afford to do anything fun with them this summer break, so your summer camp really saved their summer ;and helped tremendously with the back to school supplies... I've found in life good things never last, but I hope you guys are able to continue your mission and continue passing great character strengths to the Leaders of tomorrow, our children -the leaders ,mentors and participants . I want to thank everyone . -Ezekiel and Ezra's Mom

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My youngest son had the opportunity to participate in Project Hawaii on the Big Island this summer. From the first day of registration, I knew this camp was going to not only be an opportunity that my son, absolutely needs (socially and physically) but I was able to see the passion and organization of the camp leaders. I was truly impressed! My son had an absolute fantastic time, both my son and I could not be any happier with the way things turned out. We were floored when we had the camp celebration with family after camp. Project Hawaii gave us parents the opportunity to spend time with our children and other fellow campers and staff in a beautiful setting, with great food and a blessing of school supplies for all of each family members children. Words can't describe how blessed we feel to be a part of this. I will definitely contribute in any way I can from this day forward to help support this organization. Hats off to everyone!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Hawaii gave my children the best Christmas when me and my husband couldn't. With both of us losing our jobs and had no income. So depressed. Project Hawaii was there for us. Magen became my inspiration. And I told God one day I'll be like her. And give back. Years went by and today I'm a owner of a restaurant that was always my dream. And when a storm came and damage our town. My family went and feed the community, and now till this day we are the only restaurant in the Hawaii states, that has and runs a food pantry for our community open every day. And do a big thanksgiving feeding for our community. Feeding over 1000. It all starts with a wish and of hope , for all our children and families in need. Magen gave my family that hope and answered my wish. And today I am walking beside her in spirit sharing the Aloha to all families . Project Hawaii deserve top honors for all they do for our children of all islands. Mahalo

6 Colette C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother found this Teen Mentoring Program online and it definitely became one of best experiences I've been able to go through. It lasts 3 weeks and during it I witnessed the increasingly heavy poverty that Hawaii suffers through. I was blessed to meet a some 25 kids and have the opportunity to care for and get to know them. I was able to see the hope and humility these kids still have in their hearts, even though they suffer from disadvantages every single day. After just a week with them, I have obtained a bigger heart and a better understanding of the real world and its difficulties. I absolutely loved being given the opportunity to serve those less fortunate and giving them the same resources most people are so used to having. Serving and being with children are two immense passions of mine and this program only made them grow. From fundraising on the streets to putting clothes on the keiki, I have a whole new perspective on life. Overall, this program has changed my life and I encourage every teen to take part in this adventure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love these kids. They do not deserve to suffer through the hardships that have been forced upon them by their situations. Helping them did not feel like a chore, it fed my soul. The smiles every morning as I served them breakfast they would not usually eat, the beautiful voices singing along with me as I played ukulele, the "I love you for taking care of me's"; All of these things make all the work of being a teen mentor worth it. I can only hope that the knowledge of appropriate and kind behavior I tried to impart on them everyday sticks and they can be successful in school and life. Magin and Cliff create a truly unique and amazing experience for these children, with countless elements they would not typically experience, being homeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As we are gearing up for the 10th year of providing a summer educational camp for the homeless children it never cease to amaze me the dedication from these awesome volunteers. While I have not been involved the entire 10 years, I have seen ups and downs with all the issues to keep this camp going. Not only having to raise all the funds to provide a free summer camp for homeless children, but to coordinate the community volunteers, set up the transportation and schedule for the field trips, plan the menu and of course do all the shopping. These two dedicated souls have made this a mission beyond what any words can describe. Great Job Project Hawai'i and the two wonderful souls who make this what it is. Magin Patrick and Cliff Kama!! Imua

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met this dynamic duo at a conference about people making a difference in the community. I was amazed at the dedication these two people put towards making the lives of homeless children better. Not just basic needs, but their emotional needs, and way beyond just a hand out.
Project Hawai'i, Inc. seems to be a tiny organization because there is no paid staff, no office or building, but on the contrary, this program is operating on a large scale of production. I personally work for another nonprofit organization and I don't put in half the time or energy these two do. Of course I love my job, but I don't make it my life like these two. I am very fortunate to have met these two.
What a blessing they are to the community, and to our homeless children. Keep up the great work.
A note to those who might be wondering who these two are, or if it is a great cause. Just do your research, google Magin Patrick, or Project Hawai'i. See the changes they make all year round. See their passion and their dedication for your self. Don't judge the fact that they don't have fancy names under their organization, or funding from the government. These two are real.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is blessed to know Cliff and Magin. We are so happy to have Project Hawai'i in our lives. Our family counts on their support all year long. We struggle, work two jobs and still can't find a place to live with our large family. Project Hawai'i helps with our needs. We rely on their support. I know that they get donations. Thank you to those who give. You help my children all the time. Thank you for not giving up on us

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an impact my donations make for these precious children. I provide a $25. donation every month for Project Hawai'i, Inc., to use as the see fit to help the homeless. I follow on Facebook to see what a difference they make everyday. I know that I don't give much, but it seems to really change lives. Last week they were able to help a new found family with a tent, a camp stove, pots, emergency supplies, meal gift cards and of course giving that family hope! WOW, that was just one of the days that I know I was part of that difference. It is amazing the happiness these children receive from the dedicated volunteers who truly make a difference on this island.