How it Works
Ohana Fun! Hawaii is committed to giving back 10% of its earned commissions to various non-profit organizations in Hawaii, and now, through the OHANA FIRST program, youâ€™ll get to decide where 20% of our charitable giving (2% of our commissions) will be directed to.
When you choose to book your tours with Ohana Fun! Hawaii youâ€™re doing a lot more than just spending your money on some fun vacation activities, youâ€™re also bringing the ALOHA SPIRIT with you, instead of just partaking of it while here. Together weâ€™ll be spreading ALOHA to those in the Hawaii communities that are in most need. ALOHA means much more than just â€œhelloâ€ or â€œgoodbyeâ€. Some of the deeper meanings of the word ALOHA are â€œwith love, compassion, charity, grace, kindnessâ€¦â€
Once in the shopping cart, as part of the information we ask you, youâ€™ll get to choose the Hawaiian organization you would like to support; simply select one of organizations from the drop down menu. Itâ€™s just that simple! We will donate, on your behalf, 2% of the commissions we earn on your purchase. Enclosed with a check, a letter will be sent to your selected organization showing your name along with all of those who contributed towards our total donation. You may also choose to make a donation directly to any of the organizations featured on the Ohana First program by clicking on the link located directly below their description. Any donation, no matter how small, will be much appreciated, will help change lives and will be tax deductable (US residents).
Thank you for being a part of Ohana Funâ€™s efforts as we give back to Hawaii ohanas (families) in need. If you know of a Hawaii organization directly assisting families in need please let us know about them by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Weâ€™ll be glad to take your suggestion into consideration.
From our Ohana to yours,
MAHALO AND ALOHA!
Feed My Sheep
â€œPeople of the community, working together to feed the hungry in body, mind and spiritâ€.
Feed My Sheep is a mobile food distribution program, currently distributing food to 6 locations weekly. We bring the distribution by truck to each location â€“ Hana, Haiku, Honokowai, Kihei, Lahaina and Wailuku â€“ and set up tents and tables so that people can receive food in their area. We give enough so that each person has enough for a weekâ€™s worth of groceries; monthly giving out the equivalent of 140,000 meals. Not only do we give food, we also give emotional support. We offer a listening ear and prayer, so that they can experience love and not judgment in their time of need.
Feed My Sheep is a coalition of church congregations, collaborating ministries and corporate sponsors. Our command center now resides in donated space at HC&S on Hansen Road in Pu`unene. A chain-link fence, a few old trucks and Matson shipping containers serve as offices, storage and workspace for preparing to serve our community every week.
Maui Food Bank
The Maui Food Bankâ€™s mission is to help the hungry in Maui County by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships.
The Maui Food Bank serves over 11,000 people a month who are in need of food. We work with a dynamic network of nonprofit organizations and agencies that distribute food to the hungry and who offer over 100 relief programs. It is our goal to end hunger on Maui. We work toward that goal by distributing food and advocating for improvement in government food programs and food policies. A statewide network of suppliers allows the Maui Food Bank to turn each dollar donated into $8 of non-perishable groceries, as well as fresh produce, bread, meat, fish and poultry. This year the Maui Food Bank will distribute over 1 million pounds of food to the hungry.
Maui Family Support Services
Maui Family Support Services, with locations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, works to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing an array of supportive services to children and families. Services include child development and care so parents can work or attend school, nurse home visiting, fatherhood services, help with substance abuse and domestic violence, support to grandparents raising their grandchildren, and education to teens including teen pregnancy prevention. MFSS services are effective as over 98% of our participating families are not confirmed for child abuse and neglect.
The Mission of Maui Family Support Services, Inc. is to promote healthy family functioning by providing supportive services which build on family strengths. We provide support and information within Maui County to pregnant and parenting families with young children, grandparents raising their grandchildren, fathers and male caregivers, and teens who want to avoid pregnancy or who are pregnant or parenting. All services are offered free of charge and confidential.
Keiki Kokua means â€œhelp the childrenâ€ in Hawaiian. Our mission is to be a practical resource for foster, adoptive, legal guardianship and kinship families. We serve about 900 families and 1500 children and youth in Maui County.
Keiki Kokua provides social support by hosting two annual social events for children, youth and families. We offer practical assistance through our phone consultation and referral service, we provide free luggage and back packs for foster youth in transition, and a scholarship fund to help them pursue post secondary education. Our Website and Newsletter keep families informed of upcoming trainings and workshops. Keiki Kokua maintains a Services Listing of goods and services offered to our families free or at a reduced rate, by the local business community such as haircuts, music lessons, and tutoring, etc.
The Keiki Kokua Thrift Store generates revenue which helps fund the programs and services we offer. The store gives our families a 30% discount anytime they shop, and we offer foster youth their first work experience, teaching them job readiness skills to help them prepare for independence once they transition out of the foster care system. In the long run, such interventions help prevent homelessness and poverty and predict better outcomes for these vulnerable youth.
Family Life Center
"To stabilize the lives of people in their time of need with shelter, food, clothing and access to life changing support services that provide hope for a better future".
Family Life Center offers the following services to those in need, on the island of Maui:
- Housing programs for the homeless or at-risk homeless through emergency shelter, permanent housing and rental assistance.
- Housing Placement.
- Assistance to eligible families in transitioning to permanent housing, by supplying a security deposit or first month rent.
- Assistance to families or individuals with one-time emergency financial needs, who might be facing eviction or cannot otherwise afford a home.
- The Ho`olanani Shelter; a 15-bed emergency shelter for women and children, where those overnighting will have a bed, shower and a hot meal.