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 was taking my granddaughter shopping for a few fun items at the local Walmart. I ran across a group of young children holding signs and fishnets collecting money for "Homeless Keiki". I was actually truly interested in what this program was about. I feel it is important for my children and grandchildren to understand what is going on where we live, and in our community. So, I from the parking lot, I walked my granddaughter to the sidewalk to talk to one of the volunteers. This volunteer was the father of a one of the young children holding the signs. This volunteers was actually a client at one time and shared his experience with me and my granddaughter. He stated that without this program his children would not be as successful in school as they are now, they would not have the hope a better future that they have now, and they would not know the meaning of true care and compassion like they do now.
While is no longer living in the car with his children, he feels connected to this program. He feels it is the least he can do, give back to those who helped his family so much. I was touched.
I did realize that the director and her family were on the road as well. I am glad I was actually able to talk to the children and the father of those who this program helped, rather than the director herself. It is a wonderful experience to see good works in action. It was my pleasure to make a donation. I truly hope that the community takes the time to truly understand the importance of Project Hawai'i, Inc.
I know for my family, we will continue to keep updated and provide donations when possible.
I ran across a lady and gentleman one day while I was out with my children at the park. I saw them with their camp shirts, assumed they were the group leaders, along with lots of little children. They seemed to be so involved with the children and truly wanted to be there. Just saying, because I have seen lots of out of control camps destroying parks, children yelling and running out of control, etc.
The lady blew her whistle and all here children came running. It was very cute. They all came from all directions running and "landed" in two completely straight lines. Most the children had hands on their side, looking forward and ready to "go".
I watched as she shouted out the requests to these children. Holding her hands up over their heads, "I need to see a girls line" with the other hand going up, "I needs to see a boys line" for those who need to go to the bathroom. The lines once again formed and the children were quite and calm. She then said, "quietly go to the bathroom, no running, and come back to line". Oh, right? I thought. Well the two little lines walked across the lawn and went quietly on their way.
During this time, I took a minute to ask what this program was about. Magin Patrick, said quickly, We are Project Hawai'i Summer Camp, a camp for homeless children. Our nonprofit runs 100% by volunteers to help them escape their cycle of poverty. I thanked her for what she was doing and collected my children to go.
After this experience, I did look up Project Hawai'i on line. I stayed awake far to long reading over their accomplishments and stories of whom lives they have changed.
There was a small section, review our agency.
I truly felt compelled to share my story, (and make a donation), with the public because what I witnessed in just the hour my children played at the park was amazing. Two people so dedicated to changing the lives of these homeless keiki.
Congratulations on all you do!! Mila and Robin
I struggle on a daily basis as im a single mama with my 3 girls due to no income that cause us to once live in the waianae boat harbor n from my experience every donation that's been handed to This program give us a light to our struggles to know our vaules n what we worth in life. This program also is continuously been a big postive influence on me n my kids that cause us to fight for a roof that we are now living in. I'll stay connected to this program so me n my 3 girls can fight off poverty n one day give back to the community for what the community once gave me n my family.
I was newly introduced to this program by attending a charity event hosted by Project Hawai'i, Inc. My friend was invited to an event, so I tagged along. Not really knowing what to expect, as there are so many charities out there, and everyone claims to be "changing the world". Well this was a bit different, not only did they not claim any outrageous claims, they simply invited everyone at the event to make a difference in their own way. Not asking for a donation, or even time...just do what you can to make a difference in your own way. They made the awareness of facts about homelessness that I don't think any of us realized, then gave simple solutions to how everyone can make a difference in their everyday lives. It was amazing that these two people can run an organization with such passion and NOT EXPECT anything from anyone...just the hope to do something to help these little children on our islands.
I encourage everyone to see what Project Hawai'i, Inc. is truly about. Listen to what is going on within their organization and choose to make a simple difference in just a few hours of your life.
I had fun at the event, my friend won a wonderful prize, and I purchased a silent auction item for a steal.
I hope this review is helpful for those who might be wondering who Project Hawai'i, Inc. is really all about.
I was at the Wai'anae Boat harbor yesterday and saw a group of children hanging around. More than usual, and just sitting on the wall waiting for something. I thought maybe there was a sign up, or something going on as there are many homeless in this area. These children really seemed intent on "holding their space". Not really doing much, not playing or anything, just sitting.
My family was at the park having lunch, so I was just curious to what they were waiting for.
Then a blue van pulled up, all at once the children stood up and pushed their way to the van door.
A lady jumped out and they all seemed so happy to see her. I heard them shouting, but not really sure what. Many children started coming from other cars, and out of no where to see her.
There were two people there for about an hour handing out backpacks, school supplies and food to the children. They all just sat on the wall and waited their turn. It was actually amazing that they were so well behaved and just waiting. As if they knew their turn would come and no one would be left behind.
I watched as many of the children crossed the parking lot back to the bushes, and some got in old cars. I knew these children were homeless and waiting for something, but it was amazing at what came for them. The children and the two adults exchanged so many hugs and laughter together. Really amazing the way they all came together in harmony.
After the two left, I walked to my car and asked one of the ladies sitting their with her children who those people were. I wanted to know because it seemed like such a wonderful thing happening. They had nothing wrote on the van doors, no banners, no big productions but I would guess well over 50 children sat there waiting.
She actually gave me their business card she said they gave her because she lost their number. She said they come all the time and care for the children who live in the harbor. Her children were able to attend the summer camp and went all over the place.
I visited their website to see how I could get involved and then saw their request for reviews. I think what they do is truly something to be commended for. These two people put so much work and care into their support. I really was amazed to see this. Our family goes to this park once in a while, have seen churches have service and provide meals, other handouts of food, but nothing that actually touched my heart. This program is full of passion and after visiting their website, I hope they do get more people like me to notice them. To make a difference in our community.
Thank you for helping our keiki of Wai'anae.
I want to nominate Project Hawai'i, Inc., for this years top rated charities because I believe in what they are doing for the homeless children on the islands of Hawai'i. While there are many programs out there that provide services for the homeless, I feel that Project Hawai'i takes "providing for" to a new level of "caring for". They truly care about the children on a different level and make them part of their own ohana. It is amazing watching these volunteers interact with the children.
I was able to see their program first in action as an observer at the Wai'anae Boat Harbor during one of their "service days". It was nothing like I have ever seen in an organization. Not only did the two directors know each child by name, they had a special bond that can only be shared by those who truly have a heart for those who they work with. The children openly hug them, show their appreciation and welcome them into their world.
I was able to see this interaction and then watch them get the children ready for summer camp. They actually went into the bushes and brought the children out one by one. They gave them clean clothing and breakfast to start the day and then took them on a trip. Although I didn't go on the field trip, I did see the start of the day, and was really amazed about the level of care they provide for these precious children.
I hope they do win some sort of recognition for all their efforts. Being solely supported by public donations makes it hard to provide all the children's needs, but with more exposure to the true Project Hawai'i impact, they can continue their efforts.
I honestly have not hear of this charity but their heart to help homeless children is so warm and caring. This dedication to the public is so warm and generous because it demonstrates the love for one another. It also demonstrates the need to add value to one another by helping the youth because they are our future and helping them is important. I admire this charity for its honesty and value it adds to community by doing a way to end homelessness and help Hawaii's children because they are our future. I'm thankful for everything you do and keep up the excellent work and soon no children in Hawaii will go hungry.
I am really impressed with this organization. When I first saw the woman in charge of the program in a neighborhood park setting up to conduct their monthly give away, I couldn't believe the passion and care she had for the children and their parents. She was so excited to welcome them, and they all seemed to really love her. I was then able to witness another encounter when she had them on a field trip for their summer camp. She had taken the entire summer camp to a live theater presentation. These young children were so well behaved and full of excitement. They all lined up, hands in front and quiet. I have never seen anything like it. I approached Magin and told her what an amazing job she was doing. She told me that wants the children to learn social skills to be prepared for the real world, and wanted to introduce them to something outside their regular daily routine. I truly enjoy seeing Project Hawai'i in action in our town year after year. I have contributed somewhat, but don't really have the means to be a regular donor. Keep up the good work!!
As a teen mentor at the summer camp, I can say that this program rocks. It is an awesome experience and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I love my camp buddies and know that I helped to change their lives. Don't miss out on Project Hawai'i Summer Camp!! My mom said that I needed to do more community service to build my resume for college. I choose to visit Hawai'i and have a blast, little did I know my life would be changed forever. My friends said I was crazy, after all what is a teen boy going to do with all those children? I said, surf, hike, who knows, who cares, I will be in Hawai'i. Well, life is full of surprises and not only did I get the hours I needed, but I had a once in a lifetime experience thanks to my homeless camp buddies!!
Well I wasn't expecting this. I had a wonderful experience with Project Hawai'i Summer camp and didn't know that every year we would have to do a survey to tell our story. I had to think about all the fun I had all over again.
This survey is about healthy living. How the camp helps the children live healthy.
As a teen mentor I was able to help them with basic daily care of their hygiene. I taught them skills that I guess they don't have because they are homeless? I was able to help them learn to wash their hands before eating, and brush their teeth after. I was able to help them understand that it is important to take care of their bodies inside and out.
We played lots of sports that keep them fit, and taught them to exercise every day. I was able to help teach them lots of outdoor games and sports. Over all my experience was great. I feel that the opportunity I was given by this program was great and wonderful.
The children were hard work but worth every minute. I loved my camp buddies and my experience.
Thank you for the opportunity and the lessons I learned.