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I am a homeless mom with 3 children. I live in a tent and take my children to the local park showed to bath. This is where I met this program. Two people saw me and my kids washing and brought us hygiene and food. They took our information and came back with my kids with shoes and clothing. They helped my children with school supplies. We live in the area that is hard to get to. Lots of walking and hauling things in for the needs of our children just to be able to be comfortable. Project Hawaii doesn’t care how far we live they still come. If we aren’t at home they come look for us at the park so my children don’t miss out. It can even be late at night they still don’t forget about us.
My kids are happy because of two people who care about us
I was asked to share my story of what Project Hawai’i, Inc. Has done for my family over the years. We live in tent along the Wai’anae coast for years. Our family has been homeless since I was 5 years old and then I have my own family now with 2 children. My children can’t wait until Aunty and uncle come to see them and bring them the things they need. At Christmas they get so many things that I can not afford and they need so much. They get new clothing and new shoes foe school. Santa always brings their favorite toy and just want they want. My children have a better life and are happy because of these two people who never forget to come and see us. Living homeless is not easy for the children and I can’t get a place to live but my children are happy because of Project Hawai’i, Inc.
I am glad when they asked me to write my story and help others to understand how important this program is. I wasn’t sure why my story is important but lots of families out here on the beaches count on the hygiene they bring, the meals and the support. They even bring a tent or a sleeping bag whatever we need. They never tell us no. They always have something for the Keiki and help all the time.
I was a homeless child that Project Hawai’i, Inc. Helped for years. She came to my tent often, even when we had to move she would still come.
She never gave up on me and now I am an adult and went to college. I know I don’t have to be homeless any more and someday I will give back to Project Hawai’i, Inc. When I can. I love all that Magin and Cliff has done for me and my family. These people are amazing
I was at a fundraiser this past weekend for Make a Difference Day in Oahu. I learned about the crisis that children face across the island and how Project Hawai’i, Inc. helps these children to escape their cycle of poverty.
I was able to volunteer for 3 hours and know I made a difference in the lives of these children.
Statistics show that without constant support towards these children’s needs they will just continue to repeat the cycle of which they were born.
I would recommend anyone who has a few hours to make a difference and volunteer for this amazing group.
Project Hawai’i, Inc. has given my family the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless children while we were on vacation in Hawaii. Our family was able to provide a fun activity to play with the summer camp children. We also were able to make sack lunches to share with them. What a life changing experience for our family!
Helping homeless children is such a rewarding experience and we are so grateful for the directors Magin and Cliff for allowing us this privilege to be part of all this!
Project Hawai’i, Inc. has helped to change my family’s life. I am a single mom with 5 children and has been homeless for 3 years. When Magin found us living in a tent my goal was to just be camping for awhile and before school starts to have a place to live.
That didn’t work out and her and cliff have been with us every step of the way. I work so not as bad as many of those around us, but it is hard. It is a blessing that she comes to give us basic needs all the time, but what really helps is when they come to get the things we need for the children school and sports. Keeping the kids active after school give them a direction and keeps them safe. That is expensive and these guys just buy everything.
Can’t thank them enough for being there for our family and helping us all the time
I wanted to share my experience as a single mom who has 3 children. I work full time and still can’t manage to find an affordable place to live. My family has been homeless on and off for several years. I am so glad that Project Hawai’i, Inc. Summer camp is available to the children of the island who can’t afford camp or even child care over the summer. This camp is my children favorite thing in the whole world.
At the end of camp each child gets a backpack and supplies and shoes and clothing for school. I could never afford these things and my children are happy to have nice things for their school
It isn’t easy being in the situation but because Magin and Cliff take their time and energy to make a wonderful camp my children have a great life!
Thank you for asking us to be part of the reviews and thank you for never judging us for our faults.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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