Ad|Venture, George Yarbrough, Stephanie Shipton

Their north star is to develop the whole entrepreneur for a sustainable Hawai’i. They believe that there is much more to being an entrepreneur than just developing hard skills, because developing relationships and a community are equally important for growth and success. They look forward to developing and partnering with others to build out the program to support those that need it most.


Aloha Journal, Danny Kim
Using practices from the principles of Aloha, positive psychology, and socio-emotional learning, the Aloha Journal focuses on positive emotions such as optimism and resiliency. The journal is a tool aimed at helping individuals experience more gratitude, connection, and happiness in their lives.

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Conscious Communities, Sulma Gandhi
The hōkū, or guiding star of the initiative, is to birth violence-free communities where healthy, thriving, and safe keiki can become healthy, thriving, and safe adults. The project will develop comprehensive curriculum and cross-sector alliances that leverage the complex and diverse cultural strengths of our people to establish integrated violence prevention as the de facto standard in Hawaiʻi.

Early education has proven effective in arresting the perpetuation of violent behaviors and harassment as children grow into adulthood. To maximize the effect of this phenomenon for the Hawaiʻi community at large, we envision a comprehensive, quality curriculum that is integrated in every educational organization throughout our state so that we may all live in violence-free, thriving communities.

Read more about Conscious Communities in our Q&A with founder Sulma Gandhi.


Digital Literacy, Bob Lietzke

Digital Literacy is using virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) to diversify Hawaiʻi's economy and strengthen its workforce. By helping local companies and students learn, develop, and create VR/AR software and applications, Hawaiʻi will remain on the cutting edge of innovation, technology companies can thrive, and graduating students will have more viable local career options.


Energy Efficiency, Brian Kealoha, Susan Tai, Stephany Vaioleti

This initiative implements energy efficiency measures to enable underserved communities to lower their energy costs, and thereby pay for critical needs to improve their quality of life.


Green Passport, Jack Kittinger

Green Passport brings conservation organizations and the tourism industry together to create a stable funding stream for environmental protection in Hawaiʻi.


Hawaiʻi Capital Scan, Keoni Lee

An assessment, report, and convening about the impact investment pipeline in Hawaiʻi.


Hawaiʻi Internships Collaboratory, Bob Lietzke

This project connects students, academia, and industry in a meaningful way, so that students in Hawaiʻi can find work in Hawaiʻi, thereby helping to mitigate the brain drain.


Institute for Climate & Peace, Maxine Burkett
At an accelerating pace, the 21st century will continue to usher in unprecedented risk to humanity's fundamental goal: peace. Global climate change, dwindling biodiversity, and fickle water resources are among the chief environmental challenges that will increasingly undermine peacebuilding efforts -- from the community level to the global arena. When resources are stable and relationships are sound, communities are poised for peace. The world, however, is entering an era in which the environment and uncertain resource supplies will require stronger bonds between communities and common understandings of climate risks. The Institute for Climate and Peace advances effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-conscious futures for the most vulnerable.


Koʻolauloa Foundation, Stephany Vaioleti
The vision is a community where health, wellness, and happiness thrive in every home. They aim to attain partnerships, and educate keiki from Waimea to Kualoa. The foundation held community meetings focusing on dialysis and overall health and wellness.


Kuauli Digital Opportunities Initiative, Mahina Paishon-Duarte, Stephany Vaioleti, Brad Bennett
This initiative is a rapid prototype to learn how to address systemic digital and broadband inequities in Hawaiʻi in response to COVID-19. It utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach by working on immediate acquisition and distribution of hardware directly to keiki and ‘ohana in need, as well as developing a statewide network to provide broadband access to rural communities. The initiative also works with lawmakers and critical decision-makers to advocate for policies that remove the barriers preventing communities from accessing technology.


Kūkulu (Switchboard), Keoni Lee, Ashley Lukens
A platform created in response to the COVID-19 crisis to enable a timely resource exchange through a facilitated, digital, peer-to-peer network that provides a clear and aggregated view of community needs statewide.


National Imperative, Karen Tan

This project engages social service providers in a collaborative network supported by relevant and current data, thereby increasing the resilience of the social services sector.


One Shared Future, Rachael Wong
One Shared Future (OSF) is a social impact business that was born out of the belief that people can collectively create a positive future for Hawaiʻi by investing in each other. OSF offers professional development programs and initiatives that nurture safe spaces and affirm strengths, bring people together and build trust, and ignite shared ownership for innovation, collaboration, and possibilities. Cohort and series participants gather around shared issues and opportunities, and they work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Read more about OSF in our Q&A with co-founder Rachael Wong.


Our Kūpuna, Gabe Amey
The mission of Our Kūpuna is to look out for the elderly in Hawai‘i, especially those who do not have ‘ohana on island to look out for them during these difficult times. The program connects kūpuna with healthy sponsors in our community. Sponsors help deliver groceries, medication, and supplies to our kūpuna so they can stay home until the outbreak passes.


Project Waiwai, Forest Frizzell

Project Waiwai is an app/platform which uses the concept of the flow of water from mauka to makai as a framework for families to think about money as a resource. This helps participants draw connections between their cultural values and the purpose and benefit of learned wealth building strategies.


Reasons, Noelani Kalipi

This project gives people a process to create connections, so that they will be able to collaborate and find novel solutions to highly divisive issues.


Round Two. Stronger You., Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, Erika Lacro, Alex Harris
This campaign is reaching out to the 250,000 Hawai‘i residents who previously attended a University of Hawai‘i campus but did not earn a credential and encourages them to return and complete their degree. Dedicated counselors at each campus advise students about re-enrollment, academic requirements, financial incentives, and other support they need to be successful, including overcoming prior outstanding balances owed to UH.


Safe Spaces & Workplaces, Karen Tan, Rachael Wong
The Safe Spaces & Workplaces Initiative (SSWP) is a Child & Family Service (CFS) and One Shared Future (OSF) partnership to address workplace sexual harassment in Hawaiʻi. SSWP launched in November 2019 with the release of the first statewide survey of sexual harassment in Hawai‘i workplaces, its website with resources; and (in development) training videos with local faces and scenarios.


Sustainability Mobility Lab (SuMo), Ben Trevino

An initiative to engage communities impacted by the rail in the creation of their own futures, thereby increasing the sustainable mobility of Hawaiʻi.


Superpower Academy, Pamela Joe
Superpower Academy empowers kids with social and emotional skills for lifelong success through "secret missions."

For Pamela Joe's impact story, click here.


Uplift Hawai‘i, Dawn Lippert, AJ Halagao, Billy Pieper, Brent Kakesako, Claire Sullivan, Josh Wisch, Keoni Lee, Gavin Thornton
Uplift Hawaiʻi is an economic recovery platform bringing together organizations, individuals, coalitions, and other recovery initiatives to help policymakers, business leaders, and individuals align their decision-making and actions to ensure a more equitable future for Hawaiʻi. The resources and solutions shared through the Uplift Hawaiʻi platform are community-generated and align with five core principles created by a grassroots collective of individuals with decades of experience in agriculture and food security, climate change, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, housing, labor and workforce development, media, policy, and philanthropy.


WAI Project (Wastewater Alternatives & Innovations), Stuart Coleman
Hawaiʻi has over 88,000 cesspools that discharge over 53 million gallons a day of raw sewage into Hawaiʻi’s waters. These cesspools and failing septic systems contaminate drinking water, ruin underground aquifers, and pollute marine environments. WAI's mission is to reduce sewage pollution and restore healthy watersheds by providing innovative, affordable, and eco-friendly solutions to waste and wastewater management.


Waiwai Collective, Mahina Paishon-Duarte
Waiwai Collective is a group of Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs who share kuleana and a passion for uplifting the lāhui. Through their work, they have seen the extraordinary power of physical community when people come together with purpose and aloha.

Ka Waiwai is a call to action for the lāhui kanaka to come together and dream up ideas of exchange and abundance that prioritize the quality of relationships and the balance between people and the ‘āina.


Words Matter, Kerrie Urosevich

Over 150,000 people in Hawaiʻi are not reading and writing at the level considered literate. Increasing literacy rates (for parents and children) improves educational outcomes and ultimately improves economic outcomes for families, all of which contribute to a healthier, more vibrant Hawaiʻi.

Words Matter aims to help parents and caregivers increase both the number and quality of words their children are exposed to throughout the day. This will be accomplished by combining the uses of early literacy toolkits, peer-to-peer support programs, and technology such as the use of a word counter, a device which registers the number of words spoken and conversation turns (the back and forth dialogue between caregiver and child). Watch this video to learn more.