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Pic of the island of Maui from Haleakala looking over central maui plains and the West Maui Mountains.  Behind WEst Maui Mountains is the islands of Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi.
The island of Maui.  The picture is taken from Haleakala looking down into Central Maui plains and to the West Maui Mountains.  The island of Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi are in the background with blue skies.

Native Hawaiian Philanthropy

Support to native Hawaiian communities of Keanae, Maui and Statewide


ʻŌlelo Noʻeau (Hawaiian Proverb):

"Kokua aku, Kokua mai."

To help and be helped.


Mahalo nui loa to all of the donors and funders that helped Native Hawaiian Philanthropy raise $200,000 in funds, in-kind donations, and resources to help Kula and Lahaina families devastated by the fires.  We appreciate your support and will continue to provide on-going support.
Mahalo to Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Funds, the Womenʻs Fund of Hawaii and Charles Schwab for your donations.

Our Story

Native Hawaiian Philanthropy was established in July 2023 to support native Hawaiian communities in Keanae, Maui and Hawaii.  

Originally established in 2015, Maui Mixer provided support and funding for sports programs for Keanae and Maui youth.  In 2019, the program evolved into providing support to the Keanae farmers and families.  After the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Board of Directors understood the impacts and conditions of native Hawaiian communities state-wide.

In 2022, after attending the ʻPower in Solidarity" conference in Seattle, the board expanded itʻs focus to native Hawaiian communities state-wide and began developing the Native Hawaiian Philanthropy vision in the summer.  

Our overall goal is to provide support to native Hawaiian communities of Keanae, Maui and Statewide to help improve their socio-economic conditions.

Picture of Keanae Peninsula green taro patches and greenery stretching to Haleakala.  Surrounded by blue ocean with white wave foam around the peninsula
Andrea Kealoha and Verlin Frame bending down towards each other collecting water quality testing data.  Background has water coming out of flume.  Blue bucket and plastic tool box next to Andrea and Verlin

Mission Statement

A) Native Hawaiian Philanthropy (NHP) will empower native Hawaiian communities with the resources and support to improve the socio-economic conditions of NHO (Native Hawaiian Organizations) and our lāhui.


B) Increase active participation, engagement and understanding of native Hawaiian and Hawaii BIPOC communities with philanthropic funders and organizations.

C) Support culturally-grounded projects and organizations that help to promote and perpetuate Hawaiian culture, practices, health and well-being, and inherent sovereign rights.

D) Programs under NHP: 

Na Mahiʻai o Keanae (The Farmers of Keanae) and partnerships with Maui farmers to help build capacity and provide support to increase food production.

Moʻolelo: Hawaiian Storyteling through screenwriting & music video productions to empower native Hawaiians to write their own stories about Hawaiian history, culture and community.

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