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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

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!

1

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.

3

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!!!!

3

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.

3

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

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.

5

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.

5

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

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In six months of fundraising with Project Hawaii, I have seen the absolute dedication of Magin and Cliff to helping Hawaii's homeless keiki. Magin is very efficient with funding, and ensures that all money raised goes directly to those in need without any being taken by a middle man. This is literally the most efficient and productive charitable organization I have ever seen or heard of.

-Tom

2 Terri61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,
I wanted people to know how caring and generous Project Hawaii is. I was having a difficult finacial time because of me having to stay home with two special needs children. I was unable to buy school supplies and I seen that they were helping homeless people, so I asked them for help. Within 24 hrs they had come to my house with backpacks full.of school supplies. They were very caring and loving. My kids can npw go to school without fearing that they would be bullied because they were less fortunate. Thank you Project Hawaii,
ALOHA,
MURAOKA

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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1 WeekendWarrior

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Chelsey E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha,
Once again I am honored to be asked to write a review about Project Hawai'i, Inc. As a long time volunteer this program still continues to bring tears to my eyes as I am able to help so many children through the efforts of Project Hawai'i, Inc. I am so fortunate to be able to have found such a great organization that truly cares about the over all success of these children and allow the community to participate in their vision. While it is a "hard" position to volunteer because not many people show up to make the difference and help where it is most needed, it is well worth the time and effort. I truly wish to see more support in the year coming.
Project Hawai'i, Inc. , has the most dedicated team of volunteers working year round to meet the needs of these children, and I am glad to be a part of it. Both by giving time, and giving a monetary donation towards their needs.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the volunteer coordinator for the summer camp program I wish to say that this is an awesome way to truly get involved and make a difference in the lives of the children served. The community has the opportunity to work hands on with homeless and poverty stricken children and guide them through their daily routines.
By participating for even a few days of camp can truly make the difference in the over all success.
This year I was able to work with wonderful heartfelt and dedicated volunteers from all over the islands. Yes, we were even able to have college students from O'ahu join us in this years summer adventures. Volunteers came from Volcano area, Puna District and as far as Kona to help create a wonderful experience for our keiki.
As the director, I am always looking for more community support and involvement from people helping to organize or conduct a fundraiser or collection site, to helping implement some of the daily activities.
Volunteers are all encouraged to add and share their talents with our keiki, even if just a few hours during the day.
Without the community support, this camp will not succeed. So, please make a difference today and join our efforts for tomorrow

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Hawaii (PH) offers children a chance. Without good nutrition, a young mind and body cannot thrive. Knowing there are 35,000 children under the age of 5 on a daily average who are living homeless and without meals in the state of Hawaii'i, they're doing something about it. Going out into beaches, in parking lots, finding their way to the most indigent among us, they provide holiday meals, tutorial programs and guidance for youth-at-risk, reversing the life-long victim-dominator patterning because they have never known anything else. They have never lived outside the circumstances of poverty, the domination of hunger and the ensuing victimizing circumstances that surround such conditioning. With Project Hawai'i, children are offered a way through. By being fed as consistently as possible with nourishing food, encouraging messages and pathway out of their desperate situations, children regain hope. Magin and Cliff are doing what society ought in its right mind to do: to care for the children, beginning at the beginning: with good nutrition. Project Hawai'i is making a difference, and showing what individuals with the will to serve humanity can do to create a better world.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha,
I am honored to be able to write a review and share my story for Project Hawai'i. I truly believe this organization is a blessing to the community and to those lives they touch. Not only life changing for the homeless children they provide services to, but for the volunteers and their families.
I want to share my experience volunteering at the Christmas Party on O'ahu. It was truly amazing.
When my family showed up to the park we were over whelmed with how much was going to be provided to the children, from the games, activities, meals and the presents. Van load after van load appeared packed with items for the party. I looked around and wondered where all the help was going to come from, but not too many people showed up. This didn't seem to frazzle Magin at all. She just kept moving, assigning projects to people and working like a whirl wind. Here and there volunteers would come, and she would put them in a spot that needed help. There never seemed to be enough help, and I really doubted the completion or readiness of the party.
About 30 minutes early little children started showing up, homeless families and others from out of nowhere. This was also an experience in itself. Magin just quickly organized these impatient little bodies, telling them just hang on, she was almost ready for them. I looked around, questioning how she thought anything was "almost ready'.
Then like a flash, more like a miracle, everything was ready just as she had hoped. All the food was ready, the games set and the presents sorted.
I saw hundreds of children lining up, well not really "lining up" but more like crowding around all the activities and the games, the food and hoping for their gifts from Santa.
Well, at the end of this quick as a flash party, there were so many happy faces, full bellies and tired volunteers.
I wouldn't want to spend my holiday any other way!! Thank you so much for allowing our family the opportunity to provide happiness to so many children. There was no way to count how many children there were that day, but the directors stated that over 700 plates of food were served, and they had 481 children on the list. Well that would seem like enough, but over 50 children showed up unregistered. It was like magic, as this organization plans for everything. Truly a sight to see, She opened up the back of her shiny red car, like Santas sleigh and pulled out more gifts, some in the form of gift cards, some just marked "extra" and some needing to be wrapped. It was amazing to see that she does really have the heart and the magic that makes Christmas so wonderful for everyone.
I would recommend anyone who wants to experience the spirit of the holiday, to volunteer for one of Project Hawai'i, holiday programs.
I did notice that they do need more support, so you can be the difference that makes it even more special.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This year I was one of the few fortunate individuals that was able to make a difference in the lives of homeless children at the summer camp hosted by Project Hawai'i.
I saw how much this camp truly makes the difference and touches lives of children living in poverty. These children go days without healthy meals, wear dirty clothing day after day, and don't have access to running water or electricity.
Project Hawai'i puts an end to their daily routine of living and provides them with more than enough healthy foods to choose from, provides daily hygiene routine and has so much educational programs throughout the day.
I was amazed that not too many people actually are involved through this volunteer program. It is life changing for everyone involved, and I am so happy to be one of the few!!
I would like to share this with the world, letting everyone know what a difference just a few hours of your day can make.
I saw how this camp helps the children with an over all sense of well being.
Please reach out and be part of this program to assure it's success for many years to come.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Project Hawai'i online through the United Way volunteer site. At first I was just looking for a one day event my child and I could participate in. It turned out to be a life changing experience for both my family and the homeless children we are volunteering for. The director asked us to conduct a food drive to help with the summer camp needs. We were given a menu list and set up a drive at a local grocery.
This was an eye opening experience. Here my daughter and I sat, greeting customers as they walked by and asking if someone would like to donate a can of food to help homeless children. It was not as easy as I thought. People not only walked by ignoring us as if we were doing something wrong, but made rude and unwanted comments. By the end of the day we did succeed, but in the meanwhile, we learned about the communities true feelings about the issues we shared.
This was a learning experience for my daughter as well. I had to reinforce that what we were doing was a great thing, we are making a difference, and those who choose to be mean are not those we need to help either. It was an experience that is hard to express. I would encourage others to conduct a drive, as it is one of the most important links in the over all success of the camp, but be prepared to learn about people and the community in which you live.
Over all, I am so happy that we had this opportunity to help all the homeless children that attended camp. I know that my contribution and time was greatly appreciated and did make a difference.
My own family would not have been able to donate close to the amount of food we were able to collect. This shows that your time is more valuable than you realize. Putting a few hours in to good use does make the difference while volunteering with Project Hawai'i.
I hope others will do the same, as I know this agency needs the support