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Hawaii Rise Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization; our work and programs depend on the generous support and contributions from our community and like-minded individuals. Donations are tax-deductible and allow us to continue providing programming and opportunities to our community at no charge. Learn more about what we do to help our community, for media and press inquiries please contact us.

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Kupuna aid other coronavirus-related news from throughout the state

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced a program to provide meals to Native Hawaiian seniors throughout the state. Kaiaulu Meals is a $450,000 program that supports 13 community organizations statewide to distribute approximately 2,800 meals and 520 food packages each week to kupuna. The program also works with local businesses and farmers to ensure the food includes local products. On the Big Island, Kaiaulu Meals is working with the Hilo-based Hawaii Rise Foundation to distribute three meals per kupuna each week. The foundation, like the other partner organizations, is working to identify which people age 60 or older demonstrate the

Hawaii Assistance During COVID-19

Did you know that there are numerous resources available to help our islands and communities during this unprecedented time? We all know that many individuals, families, and communities are facing changes. Others are being confronted with some hardships and challenges due to the economic effects that are happening. Whether or not you are looking for ways to obtain assistance during this time or ways that you can give back and help others, here are some invaluable organizations and resources that are available to those on Hawai’i Island and Statewide: Give some Hawai‘i Love HAWAI’I RESILIENCE FUND – Specifically created to address the

Keaukaha General Store Organizes Delivery of Kūpuna Care Packages

Big Island businesses have stepped up to provide shopping hours solely for kūpuna to stock up on essential household supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak. The World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic sent people worldwide to stores buying up toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer and thermometers. While supply chains to the Hawaiian Islands have not been impacted by the virus, hoarding has left store shelves bare of necessary items for days. To combat that, KTA, Foodland, Keaukaha General Store, Target and Safeway have designated shopping hours for those who are the most susceptible to the novel coronavirus, the elderly and those

Arda Supports Hawaii Rise Foundation

The Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) recently donated $2,500 to the Hawai‘i Rise Foundation on Hawai‘i Island. The Foundation provides services and programs for vulnerable or moderate and low-income children and families to become financially independent and contributing members of society. Pictured left to right: Sidney Fuke, ARDA-Hawaii; Mike Sohriakoff, Hawaii Rise Foundation; Neil Gyotoku, Director of Hawai`i County Office of Housing and Community Development; and Gretchen Watson-Kabei, ARDA-Hawai‘i. “ARDA-Hawai‘i is pleased to support the Hawai‘i Rise Foundation as part of our organization’s ongoing commitment to provide funds annually to causes that help create a stronger

Hawaii Island Nonprofits Awarded 35k

The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) in partnership with the Institute for Human Services (IHS) and the County of Hawaiʻi has awarded grants totalling $35,000 to two nonprofit agencies serving the homeless on Hawaiʻi Island. HOPE Services of Hawaiʻi Island and Hawaiʻi Rise Foundation were each presented with awards of $20,000 and $15,000 respectively, during a reception on August 31 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. “HLTA is a statewide organization, and while we are headquartered in O‘ahu, we have a chapter in each county and support each island, whether it be through our annual Charity Walk,

Community Involvement Hawaii Rise Foundation

HFS continuously strives to reach out into our community and assist in any way that we can. Recently, we partnered with Hawaii Rise Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for vulnerable, or moderate and low-income families, children and the elderly by providing educational services, programs and support. Through Hawaii Rise Foundation, we are offering Financial Wellness workshops for our Big Island keiki! The first group to reach out was Youth Challenge Academy, where we went in and taught a Reality Fair Workshop, which the cadets really enjoyed! These kinds of workshops bring real-life money management scenarios