Welcome to Women’s Fund of Hawai`i

Women are doing well in Hawai’i – there are countless examples of successful women in a variety of professions. But that’s only part of the Hawai’i story. Far too many women in the Hawaiian Islands live in poverty. They cannot even meet the basic needs of food, shelter, medical care and transportation. They have a history of substance abuse, incarceration, violence or sexual abuse. Many are in poor physical and emotional health and have inadequate job opportunities. Others became mothers at too early an age. These women have children. They, too, are living in poverty, and unless there is help, the cycle of poverty is destined to continue.

Without your help, too many women will fail. That is why the Women’s Fund of Hawai’i was established. We believe that when one woman is not financially secure, safe and empowered, we are all less so. When women thrive, families and communities prosper.

What's New

January 26, 2017 – Malama Receives WFH Grant for Mothers and Children

Women’s Fund of Hawaii recently awarded a $4,640 grant to Maui nonprofit Malama Na Makua A Keiki (Malama Family Recovery Center) to support the organization’s Maternal-Fetal and Parenting Program. Malama provides caring, holistic […]

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Women’s Fund of Hawaii (WFH) awards Fall 2016 grantees

WFH has awarded grants totalling $49,640 to ten nonprofit organizations that provide innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawai`i.  In 2016, WFH awarded nearly $100,000 in grants. Contact: Leela Bilmes […]

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Hawai’i has almost double the nation’s average proportion of women in prison. Girls are arrested at a much higher rate in Hawai’i than anywhere else in the United States.

In Hawai’i, six teenage girls become pregnant everyday. Children born to teen parents are more likely to have a reported case of abuse or neglect.

20% of women in Hawai’i are beaten by their partner. Each month, one death in Hawai’i is due to domestic violence.

As Hawai’i is a tourist mecca & military hub, 13-14 year old girls are lured into prostitution. 1 in 10 youth in Hawai’i report that someone tried to recruit them into commercial sexual exploitation.

Almost half of single women with children in Hawai’i are living in poverty. To survive financially in Hawai’i, a single mother with 2 children must earn between $22-25 per hour. Mothers cannot survive on minimum wage.

Most women must give up their children in order to get help for their addiction. Hawai’i has the biggest “ice” (meth) rate in the nation, but only one residential treatment program in Hawai’i can accept a woman and only one of her children.