Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) is an accredited statewide land trust devoted to the preservation of Hawai‘i’s precious natural resources and cultural heritage. HILT was formed in 2011 and implements a variety of programming aimed at land conservation across the state, with an ambitious vision of protecting those lands in perpetuity.
Please help us by donating today to support the more than 1,700 Hawai‘i Island residents who have been evacuated and displaced from their homes, and in many cases, from their livelihood, as well. The HLCF will match the first $20,000 in contributions received. By now you’ve seen the dramatic news footage of the recent eruption of Kīlauea, in the Puna area of Hawai‘i Island. As a result of this powerful natural phenomenon, many Hawai‘i Island residents are now facing tremendous uncertainty. Our hearts go out to the many Hawai’i Island residents who continue to be impacted by these events.
The Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund (HLCF) was established with a mission to work to preserve Hawai‘i’s beauty and culture by supporting its people. It is supported through generous donations throughout the year from our agents, brokers and clients. Today, the HLCF Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Mealoha Kraus, decided to launch a fundraising campaign to assist those touched by these events.
To be clear, the affected area spans approximately ten square miles of Hawai‘i Island, and is not impacting the highly popular tourism, resort, and development areas of the island. None of the other Hawaiian Islands are affected, either. Rather, the volcanic activity is focused in the southeastern portion of Hawai‘i Island, which is largely residential or undeveloped land, due to the lava fields caused by previous volcanic activity.
As lava flows encroach upon these neighborhoods, these families can only stand by and watch on the news, helpless to save their homes. Most insurers have a lava exclusion in their policies, which means that in all likelihood, their losses are irretrievable. “I met many people who are frightened and deeply concerned about losing everything they’ve worked for all their lives," Governor David Ige recently said in a news report.
As of this writing, at least 26 homes have been destroyed by the lava flows, and two new fissures have opened in the Leilani Estates subdivision, the community most affected to date. Continued volcanic activity is expected, with no clear indication when the activity will end. The surrounding communities will see both short- and long-term impacts from this recent eruption.
We are awaiting the expert guidance of our partners at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, who manage the HLCF, to determine where best to apply the funds raised in this initiative. Your donations will help these hard-working families who don’t yet know when they’ll be able to return to their community.
The HLCF recently leveraged our network to raise a total of $137,000 for disaster relief efforts following the flooding on Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. As a statewide organization, our team of nearly 300 employees and their families live in virtually every corner of the state. As a result, we as a community feel the effects of these events.
These generous contributions were forwarded to the Red Cross, Mālama Kaua‘i, and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Kaua‘i Relief and Recovery Fund. We wish to thank you for your aloha and generosity in helping to support local families in thier time of need.
Please help us to support these Hawai‘i Island families by making a contribution today. Your kind donation can be made online at give.hawaiilife.com or by check made payable to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, with the words “Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund - Hawai‘i Island” in the memo line, to ensure your donation is earmarked for this initiative. Checks can be mailed to:
Hawai‘i Community Foundation 827 Fort Street Mall Honolulu, HI 96813-4317
Mahalo nui loa!
Aloha from Kaua‘i’s North Shore,
As you may be aware, Hawaii Governor David Ige and Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho have both signed emergency proclamations, declaring a disaster on Kaua‘i.
Kaua‘i’s North Shore has been hit with record rainfalls from a terrible storm in the past few days, resulting in severe flooding, road closures and landslides that are affecting both local residents and visitors. The National Guard and Coast Guard are on the scene to help reach and evacuate the area, still blocked off at the singular point of entry to the North Shore at the Hanalei Bridge, which remains impassable.
Due to multiple landslides along the Kuhio Highway past Hanalei, many residents and visitors are trapped in Ha‘ena and Wainiha, with no means of obtaining supplies or fresh water. Senior citizens and people needing medicine are among those trapped. The roads are impassable, so many are being evacuated using local boats. The flooding and landslides have also affected other areas of Kaua‘i, beyond the North Shore, as well as areas in East O‘ahu.
Hawai‘i Life is headquartered in Princeville. We are assisting with local efforts to provide aid and support to visitors and residents of our Kaua’i community, as well as to those affected in East O‘ahu by recent flooding and storm damage.
To that end, we are immediately redirecting money from the Hawai’i Life Charitable Fund to support the efforts of the following non-profit organizations. Hawaii Life is going to match the next $25,000 in funds given to the Charitable Fund (give.hawaiilife.com) and disperse the funds to the organizations below.
Our partners at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation have recommended these organizations, who are providing immediate aid.
Online donations can be made at:
The Kaua‘i Red Cross [please earmark your online donation to “Your Local Red Cross”]
...Or mail a check, with a completed American Red Cross donation form, earmarked for “Your Local Red Cross” to:
American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839
...Or call The American Red Cross [please earmark your donation to “Your Local Red Cross”]
1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)
We kindly ask for your assistance in this effort. You may donate directly to the above listed non-profit organizations at the links provided. Hawai‘i Life agents, brokers, and clients, or members of the public wishing to donate directly to the HLCF can do so online at give.hawaiilife.com. Your donations will be redirected to one of the non-profit organizations listed to assist our Kaua’i community with the ongoing recovery from this natural disaster.
Mahalo for your generous contribution and assistance,
The Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund (HCLF) at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation supports local charities that are aligned with our mission of working to preserve Hawai‘i’s beauty and culture by supporting its people. All Hawai‘i Life agent, client and public donations to HCLF are directed with care to make the greatest possible impact in the community. This week, five Hawai‘i charities will receive some Hawai‘i Love in the form of a $2,500 grant check from the Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund. The fund's Chairperson, Mealoha Krause noted, “The five charities were chosen because they are all working for a cause that is close to our heart at Hawai‘i Life, which is, of course, to create and provide affordable housing for all Hawai‘i residents. It is our goal to support initiatives that help break the cycle of homelessness, with a vision that all Hawai‘i residents can enjoy the security of homeownership.”
The five non-profit organizations will each receive a $2,500 grant to help further their Hawai‘i-focused community programming. All grant recipients share a similar focus on affordable housing initiatives throughout the state. The non-profit organizations who will receive grants from the HLCF include the Hawai‘i HomeOwnership Center, Hawaiian Community Assets, ALEA Bridge, Kahumana, and Nā Hale O Maui.
The Hawai‘i HomeOwnership Center is an Aloha United Way charity that provides education, information, and support to create successful first-time homeowners in Hawai'i. Hawaiian Community Assets similarly provides state residents with education and counseling in order to help them secure and sustain permanent housing. With a special focus on West O‘ahu and the North Shore, ALEA bridge provides community outreach, helping Hawai‘i residents to break the cycle of homelessness. Based in West O‘ahu, Kahumana is co-creator of a productive, healthy, farm-based community that supports homeless families, people with disabilities, and youth. Maui-based non-profit organization Nā Hale O Maui is Hawai‘i's first community land trust whose mission is to create affordable housing for Maui residents.
Hawai'i Life has always embraced community involvement and charitable giving, intent on helping Hawai‘i residents. As the real estate brokerage has grown into the third largest in the state, founders Matt Beall and Winston Welborn wanted a means of empowering the company's brokers and clients to raise money and to direct their giving to local causes. The Hawai'i Life Charitable Fund (HLCF) and the Hawai‘i Love program were created to answer a need for more flexible, responsive, and innovative giving.
“We have kept our mission intentionally broad so that we can be of assistance to as many different kinds of local non-profit organizations as possible. It’s our honor to serve and give back to our community. The Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund is supported primarily through staff and client donations, and it is directed by brokers and agents. It is distinct from the corporate giving that Hawai‘i Life continues to do, through our support and work with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Hawai‘i Public Radio, and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation,” said Hawai‘i Life CEO Matt Beall.
Apply for funding
Any Hawai‘i 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization can apply throughout the year for the $2,500 grants by requesting support via email. Requests for funding can be directed to any HCLF board member through their Hawai‘i Life email address at give.hawaiilife.com. Grants are disbursed twice annually and deadlines for grant applications are on June 30 and November 1 each year.
Our agents, clients, and the general public can donate to the Hawai‘i Life Charitable fund at any time online at give.hawaiilife.com. Our agents, brokers, and clients can also donate at the close of any escrow transaction.
- Hawaii Life Charitable Fund has awarded $14,500 in grants to date.
- Hawaii Life Charitable Fund has supported organizations including the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Kahilu Theater, Maui Humane Society, Family Promise of Hawaii, Hawaiian Surfing Federation, Hawaii Islands Veterans Memorial Inc, and more.
Hawaii Life Charitable Fund grants for 2017 are awarded semi-annually, in the amount of $1,000 to each eligible grant recipient chosen by the organization's Board of Directors. The application deadline is June 30, 2017, and submissions will be reviewed by the HLCF Board and selected next monthly board meeting following that date. Disbursements will be made immediately upon approval to the awarded organizations.
A Hale For All
Each year a giving focus or theme is chosen by Hawaii Life agents and grants are awarded to organizations whose charitable purposes fall within that theme, and are aligned with the HLCF mission. For the 2017 calendar year, the HLCF giving focus of A Hale For All was selected - thus all 2017 grants will be awarded to those organizations that support housing initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness in Hawaii, and at providing affordable housing alternatives.
Plan for 2017
Organization Grants - $1,000 awarded per island
Agent Organization Request Grants - $250 maximum funds awarded to any organization on behalf of each agent. $250 maximum funds awarded each quarter. Download Agent Request Form Here
How to Apply
Mahalo for your support in making our community a better place.
Hawaii Life Charitable Fund