Meet Our 2016 Grantees!!!

Hawaii People's Fund is proud to feature our 2016 Grantees and the incredible work they do in our communities.  We invite you to explore the accomplishments of our grantees at the websites provided.

The work they are able to do in their communities is truly a reflection of community support (from people like you!) for progressive movement work in Hawaii. 

We--and all our grantees and program beneficiaries--are so appreciative to all who have contributed to this collective redistribution for justice and social change!


Comunidad Latina De Hawaiʻi
This young organization is already creating diverse programs and opportunities for a sizeable immigrant community that has faced significant discrimination.  

Comunidad Latina De Hawaiʻi is building leadership, amplifying voices, and supporting equity for the Latino community on Hawaii Island.   
Hanakēhau Learning Farm
From creating traditional Hawaiian implements to hosting diverse political and social groups, Hanakēhau has been providing learning projects since 2012.

The grant will assist with infrastructure for land restoration, food production, and classrooms to continue political education and activist organizing training.  

"In addition to plants, we want to grow the consciousness of our lāhui."      
Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action  has a strong commitment to supporting new leadership in public service with a strategic focus on social change.

This grant will support a new Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute. The intent is to build a pipeline of policymakers accountable to communities and strategically preparing advocates to serve on them.     
Hōʻola Hou Ia Kalauao
Less than three years ago this organization began with a goal of restoring knowledge of Kalauao, preserving and protecting this space in an urbanized community known to most as Pearl Ridge.

This project is part of a growing movement that is transforming food systems throughout the islands.
Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili (HuiMAU)
"Our mission is to re-establish the systems that sustain our community through education and land-based practices that cultivate abundance, regenerate responsibilities and promote collective health and well-being...

We see our efforts as a reawakening and reclamation of our kuleana (responsibilities and rights) to our ʻāina and to each other as kama'aina, to cultivate healing, transformation, and social justice in Hāmākua..."    
This is a new project with a big vision that combines food security, culture, and modern technology.

The project will serve to create a living ahupuaa system and puuhonua cultural center in the Kona and Mana areas of West Kauai island.
Mauna Kea Education and Awareness
Facebook: Idle No More Hawaii
A year ago this organization was created by concerned community members who recognized an immediate and urgent need for Hawaiʻi residents and visitors to have a deeper knowledge of Mauna a Wākea.

Through written pieces, presentations, cultural performances and public workshops, they will educate and raise awareness of spiritual, cultural, historical, environmental and political significance of Mauna Kea.
Playbuilders of Hawaiʻi
Community circles are collecting stories from those within the foster youth system, From this work, they will develop a performance piece to educate and build support for foster youth. An extended goal includes increasing the available number of foster homes.             
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Click on the link below to see a comprehensive list of grants over 4 decades:


Community Funds & Action!


From its earliest grantmaking, in 1972-3 into the 1990s, Hawaii People’s Fund supported community organizing in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The critical grassroots groups were Third Arm and People Against Chinatown Evictions (PACE).


Several continuous Hawaii People’s Fund constituents were part of these groups and one asked if we might help preserve more of the stories from this important period of strategic activism,


Hawaii People’s Fund worked with a UH student-intern in the spring/summer of 2016. Sonja Cookman put this article together. She met with about a dozen organizers from those days. She also scanned a number of original documents, organizational newsletters and media coverage. Hawaii People’s Fund was able to digitize a couple hundred old slides.


The original activists plan to come together to archive more of their memories. Hawaii People’s Fund hopes this article, the first source documents, and the ongoing work of the surviving organizers will help preserve the history and serve to inspire and inform continued struggles against evictions and gentrification and activism for access to health care, housing and dignity for all.

Click the title above or open the document below to read Sonjaʻs paper.


See more pictures by movement photographer, Ed Greevy, here:


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