Hawai'i Literacy Wants You to Join Visitor Industry Charity Walk (Hawai'i News Now, 5/17/2016)

Hawai'i Literacy Wants You to Join Visitor Industry Charity Walk (Hawai'i News Now, 5/17/2016)

Hawaii Literacy, Inc. has received funding from the Charity Walk for the past four years to help fund its Bookmobile program. The core goals of the highly popular Bookmobile Program are to measurable increase access to books, build key literacy skills, and promote a love of reading for keiki at risk for illiteracy and school failure. 

First Insurance Company of Hawaii Makes Generous Donation (Midweek 2/3/2016)

First Insurance Company of Hawaii’s (FICOH) First Community Action Team and Charitable Foundation donated $2,500 to Hawaii Literacy. Pictured are (from left) Hawaii Literacy assistant director Shayna Yatsushiro, FICOH manager of administration Suzun Weeks-Pell and Hawaii Literacy adult literacy program manager Darci Walker. 

​Aloha United Way releases $3.6M to Hawaii nonprofits, including Hawaii Literacy (Pacific Business News, 05/26/15)

Forty-five Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations will benefit from a $3.6 million investment from the Aloha United Way as the nonprofit umbrella organization launches a three-year impact investment initiative, officials said Tuesday...

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans returns to Hawaii, Hawaii Literacy Donation (Meet Hawaii, 11/6/15)

As an educational association committed to providing a retirement security framework to its participants, the Foundation recognizes the critical role literacy plays in taking that first step toward a secure future. With this mission in mind, the Foundation is giving back to Hawaii’s local community by making a $15,000 donation to Hawaii Literacy, an organization that works to equip individuals with the ability to read and write through classes taught solely by volunteers...

If you can read this, you can help (Hawaii Business, 14/11/15)

Attorney Nancy Youngren was looking for a volunteer opportunity that would really make a difference in an individual’s life when an ad for Hawaii Literacy caught her eye. She looked no further.

Starting in early 2011, for almost three years, Youngren volunteered with the same person once a week until the woman happily broke the news that she had found a job...

Making a difference in the future of others (The Garden Island News, 6/7/14)

Kauai’s Hawaii Literacy program is seeking to find more volunteers that are interested in becoming a English tutor. If you may be interested please feel free to contact us at 332-5544 and if you prefer  email islandvision@hawaii.rr.com. A minimum of a six-month commitment is requested for tutors in order to make consistent progress.  If you are also interested in becoming a student please feel free and contact us through phone or email. There is no charge for the services, but their is a workbook fee of $11.25 each.

Hawaii Literacy Student is a Proud Graduate (KHON2, 06/01/14)

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Congratulations to Richard Johnson for graduating from  Leeward Community College with a high school diploma! Richard spent the last seven years working towards his life-long dream of earning a diploma with help from wonderful tutors.

Central Pacific Bank Helps Its Employees Give More to Local Non-Profits, including Hawaii Literacy (Midweek, 4/23/14)

“Central Pacific Bank (CPB) donated $3,000 to local nonprofits [including Hawaii Literacy] on behalf of employees Lee Moriwaki, Larissa Johnson, and Roberta Rivera. The donation was part of a yearlong employee rewards program that tracked the community service efforts of CPB employees. The employees who participated in the most community service projects were awarded money to donate to the nonprofit organization of their choice. ”


National Bookmobile Day (April 16th, 2014) celebrates all of the nation’s Bookmobiles along with the hard-working staff members and volunteers who dedicate their time to bring this service to their communities every day.

Pua’ena Burgess and Scott Simon were featured on KHON 2 Wake Up 2day. This celebration is a chance for all of us to thank those involved with our very own Bookmobile and is definitely a chance to get involved.

Here’s how YOU can help:

  • Make a donation to the Bookmobile
  • Volunteer weekly at one or more sites
  • Hold a yard or book sale and donate proceeds
  • Donate copy paper, gas cards, school supplies, or other items from our wish list
  • Thank our donors for supporting the Bookmobile
  • Be sure someone is reading to every child you care about

We would like to say mahalo to all of our generous sponsors.
Thank you for helping us bring books and a love of reading and learning to the Waianae Coast!

Pizza Hut Literacy Fund & Pizza Hut Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company, Friends of Hawai’i Charities, The Campbell Family Foundation & The Harry & Nee Chang Wong Foundation.


Hawaii Literacy was chosen as one of four $5,000 award recipients at the Junior League of Honolulu 90th Anniversary Celebration on April 12, 2014. The $5,000 award granted to Hawaii Literacy will help to fill a crucial need for funding and support for the Family Literacy Summer  Program, providing much needed library, literacy, and educational activities for children living in Kuhio Park and Mayor Wright Homes.

Each year, Hawaii Literacy works to grow a Summer Reading Program that encourages children to read at least eight level-appropriate books while out of school. Our staff is there to support and assist them in reading books that challenge them and help to inspire a love of reading. The Family Libraries are also there to help families transition back into the school year, providing school supplies, registration information, information fairs, referrals, and support for both parents and children in order to increase the chances of a successful new school year.

The Junior League of Honolulu’s past partnerships with Hawaii Literacy have greatly impacted our programs, from the start of our weekly Saturday Story Hours to the amazing renovation of the Mayor Wright Family Library space. We are grateful for their support!


Each year, Hawaii Business selects 20 emerging leaders who have made big contributions to Hawaii and are expected to make an even bigger impact within the next 20 years.

Fujita is the VP of Consumer Sales & Product Marketing at Hawaiian Telecom, overseeing the residential and business call center for sales and service, the door-to-door sales team, bulk agreements for residential buildings, and pay phones.

Congratulations to Board Member Jason Fujita for being recognized for his achievements!


The Hawai‘i Leadership Forum today announced the second cohort of Omidyar Fellows, which includes 15 individuals from across the state who will participate in the program. The Omidyar Fellows, which welcomed its inaugural cohort in September 2012, is based on global best practices in leadership development and seeks to cultivate a community of emerging executives who will collectively bring positive change to the state of Hawai‘i.

“Since introducing our inaugural cohort of Omidyar Fellows last year, we have seen this program build stronger leaders, foster more effective organizations, and plant the seeds for long-lasting cross-sector relationships,” said Kalei Stern, director of the Omidyar Fellows. “We look forward to expanding the Omidyar Fellows program with this new set of exceptional leaders who will continue to transform Hawai‘i for the better.”


“My boss gave me the number for Hawaii Literacy, but I was ashamed to ask for help,” explains Alohilani, a mother of two from Honolulu. “I chose to get help, especially for my kids. It was hard not being able to read and write.”

Alohilani is not alone. More than 155,000 adults in Hawaii struggle to read and write – to read a story to their keiki, fill out job applications or send an email. Hawaii Literacy works to change this by providing free one-to-one tutoring with trained volunteers for adults and parents wishing to improve their reading. Hawaii Literacy also operates a Bookmobile and family literacy programs in public housing and homeless shelters that reach more than 2,200 keiki.


The members of the 2011 Class of Forty Under 40, a group of young business and community leaders honored each year by Pacific Business News, selected Hawaii Literacy as beneficiary of their first ever Class community service project. Members of the Forty Under 40 Class and Aloha Air Cargo (www.alohaaircargo.com) committed to raise funds for and custom build new bookcases and shelving for the Family Library at Kuhio Park. Hawaii Literacy’s Family Library had moved to a new space in one of Kuhio Park’s Towers last fall, and the old donated bookshelves did not work well in the new space.

“We wanted to do something to support the community that would make a concrete difference for local keiki in need,” explained Johnny Hobayan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aloha Air Cargo and one of the members of the Forty Under 40 class. “When we saw all that the Family Library was doing with limited space, we saw a chance to really help this program. With custom bookcases that fit the library space, the children can have a beautiful and exciting learning environment with a wider selection of books.”  

Board Site Visit (04/06/13)

On April 6th, new and current members of the Board of Directors were invited to tour all the programs and sites served by Hawaii Literacy’s programs, to have the chance to talk with those learning to read and write and see first hand what happens each day in our programs.

Board members new 2013 Board members Brandon Kurisu and Jason Fujita joined current members Rachel del Rosario and James Wong for a tour of English Language Learners program and Drop-In Center, the Kuhio Park Family Library, and enjoyed a special visit from the Bookmobile for the keiki at Kuhio Park. As Board member Jason Fujita said, “Seeing the programs really helps you understand what the needs are and why we volunteer on the Board.” “The kids have so many needs and are eager for everything the Library had to offer– books, knowledge, attention. It just made me want to do more to help.” added Brandon Kurisu.


A Farewell and Mahalo to Heidi Byrne (02/12)

A farewell party for Heidi Byrne and a celebration of her 25 years leading the Adult Literacy Program was held on Thursday, February 28th, at the Gallery at Arts at Marks Garage.

Heidi retired and the farewell party was held to celebrate her great work and impact over 25 years, and recognize and reconnect with past and present Board members, volunteers, tutors, students and staff  who, together, have helped thousands of adults in need to learn to read and write.