Urgent Action Grants

Hawaiʻi People’s Fund believes the work of our grantees present VIABLE SOLUTIONS to the current crisis, and despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, we choose to use this time as our chance to usher in a new way of living, loving, and being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

We understand that low-income families, houseless communities, service workers, people with disabilities, people who are incarcerated, indigenous, immigrant, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the crisis (in addition to ongoing systemic oppression). Community organizing is essential at this moment to counter racism and xenophobia, and to provide new models of care and ensure our most vulnerable communities can stay safe.

MAHALO for your kōkua to make this happen, allowing us to expand our collective reach during this critical time!!

Urgent Action Grantees

  • Mālama Kakanilua

    Mālama Kakanilua

    Mālama Kakanilua is presently engaged in direct action resistance/protection of ‘iwi kūpuna, and aims to stop the Grand Wailea Resort from constructing 151 hotel units, swimming pools, new wings, and injection wells in known Kanaka Maoli burial grounds. The hui stands with other Kanaka Maoli groups pursuing this case to ensure that ‘iwi kūpuna are…

  • Maui Medic Healers Hui

    Maui Medic Healers Hui

    MMHH mobilized two days after the fires with health care providers on the west side of Maui, and have been there ever since. They provide a variety of services as they try to maintain stability in a very uncertain and unstable dynamic after a terrifying disaster. Their goal is to build trust, create safety, and…

  • Nā Kia’i o Maui

    Nā Kia’i o Maui

    Nā Ki’ai o Maui (formerly Da Hui) mobilized under the leadership of Aunty Nettie, who is a resident of Lāhaina that was directly impacted by the fires. Aunty Nettie stepped up in the midst of the chaos to provide much needed leadership at War Memorial immediately following the disaster. She quickly mobilized her core team…

  • Our Kūpuna

    Our Kūpuna

    Hawai`i VA Foundation’s mission is to support vulnerable demographics such as our keiki, our kūpuna, and our native Hawaiian communities by providing resources that help uplift their spirits and social well-being. Our Kūpuna was started in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and pairs a senior client with a volunteer, matched by proximity, who will…

  • Pacific Birth Collective

    Pacific Birth Collective

    PBC is a professional community-based collective growing a network of service providers and island families dedicated to education, support, and advocacy for birth and wellness choices across Hawai’i. PBC hit the ground running on August 10 by opening their facility to the community as a donation site for items specific to pregnant and birthing families…

  • PE’A (Pasefika Empowerment & Advancement)

    PE’A (Pasefika Empowerment & Advancement)

    Pasefika Empowerment and Advancement (PE’A) is a non-profit organization recently established by Pacific Islander women to support the increase in representation of Hawaii-Pacific Islanders in post-secondary education, as well as in employment opportunities. Seeking to fill the void, PE’A made a conscious decision to spend this entire year advocating and providing services and resources that…

  • Pōhāhā i ka Lani

    Pōhāhā i ka Lani

    Pōhāhā i ka Lani builds upon nearly two decades of the organization’s land stewardship and revitalization efforts in Waipiʻo Valley, helping to ensure that the wahi pana will thrive with native plants and deepen the relationship between residents and visitors helping to mālama ʻāina. HPF funding facilitated transportation in and out of the valley, provided compensation…

  • Pono For The People

    Pono For The People

    Pono For The People was created in June 2020 in response to the epidemic of confusion associated with mail-in voting being heightened by COVID-19. Founded by two native Hawaiian women at the top of Hawaiʻiʻs marketing and graphic design industry, they have joined forces to help navigate people’s political consciousness in Hawaiʻi. They provide non-partisan, factual…