We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by local business and community leaders seeking to leverage our expertise, resources, and experiences to support our community.
“My mom and I opened the Keaukaha General Store in Hilo, Hawaii, in 2013. One day, I caught a young boy stealing in the store. Rather than calling the police, I asked him why he was stealing, why he didn’t get a job, or find volunteer opportunities. His response was simple–he didn’t know-how.
He had no idea how to get a job, how to write a resume, or where to go for opportunities. At that moment, I felt it was essential to help our youth develop their potential. I started the Hawaii Rise Foundation and began a free community education series for teens in January 2016. Our first-class was on resume building.”