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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Hawaii

Each week, as part of our Cross-Country Tour series, Charity Navigator spends some time featuring a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of one of the 50 states. 

Today, we’re escaping the snow piled up outside of our New Jersey office and heading to Hawaii! The Aloha state is home to 23 highly-rated charities working to improve the lives of Hawaiians, their communities, and their culture. Check out a few of them below.

Hawaii Public Radio (Honolulu, HI)
Educating, informing and entertaining

The mission of Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) is to educate, inform and entertain by providing services to Hawaii, the nation and the international community that would not otherwise be available. HPR was founded in the fall of 1981 with the launching of KHPR. Statewide coverage was begun when KKUA's transmitter on Haleakala brought KHPR's signal to Maui and parts of the Big Island in April of 1988. The second program stream, KIPO 89.3 FM, began broadcasting jazz and folk music in October 1989, and a third service, KIFO 1380 AM began broadcasting in 1990, simulcasting with KIPO for the most part.

‘Aha Punana Leo (Hilo, HI)
The Hawaiian language shall live

The ‘Aha Pūnana Leo is a family-based educational organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Hawaiian language. The Pūnana Leo language nest provides a cultural educational environment that emulates Hawaiian Language and Culture. The Pūnana Leo is a member of a consortium of an internationally recognized association of schools, organizations and university programs in Hawaii dedicated to reestablishing Hawaiian as the first and main language of the home. The Pūnana Leo family initiates, provides for, and nurtures various Hawaiian language environments. Our families are the living essence of these environments, and we find our strength in our spirituality, love of our language, love of our people, love of our land, and love of knowledge.

The Institute for Human Services (Honolulu, HI)
Providing respite for those who are unsheltered and solutions that transform lives

The Institute for Human Services (IHS), founded in 1978, provides respite for those who are unsheltered and solutions that transform the lives of homeless and at-risk people. IHS remains the only 24-hour walk-in, emergency shelter on Oahu and continues to provide a full range of services to men, women and families with children who are homeless and in danger of becoming homeless. In FY2008, IHS provided services to over 2,800 individuals in our community. Our two emergency shelters, one for single women and families with children, and the other for single men provided 113,230 bed nights to a total of 1,538 unique individuals and served 255,703 meals to shelter guests and other individuals in need. Our Housing Placement Program served 761 unduplicated persons in 172 families.

National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kalaheo, HI)
☆☆☆+ Impact
Tropical plant research, education, and conservation

Founded in 1964, the mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. Our mission is achieved through a network of diverse gardens and preserves in Hawai'i and Florida; conservation, research, and reference collections (living, library, and herbarium); research in botany, ethnobotany, horticulture, conservation biology, and restoration ecology through programs and institutes; educational courses, publications, lectures, and visitor programs; and the facilities and infrastructure necessary to conduct this work.

Hawaii Opera Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Educating the public about and supporting the cultural development of opera in Hawaii

Founded in 1960, the Hawaii Opera Theatre's (HOT) mission is to educate the public about and support the cultural development of opera in Hawaii. Today, HOT is known for its vibrant and creative productions. Artistic excellence continues to be the cornerstone of standards for the company. International artists, who have graced stages from the New York Met to opera houses throughout Europe and Asia, compete up to three years in advance to perform on the HOT stage alongside Hawaii's best local artists. Our nationally recognized education outreach program reaches more than 25,000 students on Oahu and Neighbor Islands annually.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find even more highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of Hawaii.

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