The Hawaii Pacific Foundation's (HPF) mission is to support education services to the Hawaiian community. The non-profit organization furthers its purposes under the SBA 8(a) program by advancing science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education. Another part of HPF's mission is to provide relief to support Hawaiians as the principal beneficiary, through educational and business development activities and programs.
The Hawaii Pacific Foundation's giveback to the Hawaiian community include:
- HPF accepts unsolicited proposals though it tends to primarily fund STEM programs every year.
- The largest grants and gifts have been given to the Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy. HPF funded a new computer lab and computers for the Kalailoa Campus as well as promoted and supported education programs for at-risk youth. HPF has provided financial support each year since 2013 and attended the graduation of over 700 students.
- STARBASE faced student transportation challenges that jeopardized the continuation of this STEM program for over 28 elementary schools. HPF funded commercial transportation contract that was critical to the success of the program. The result was that students from economically disadvantaged homes and districts were able to continue STEM studies and activities tailored to the student’s needs
- University of Hawaii Education Pathway: A severe teacher shortage and turnover in disadvantaged school districts has impacted primary education at all levels. Funding elements of the Pathway program grows teachers from within the community that are able to relate to the needs of their community and understand cultural differences.
- HPF endowment. The objective is to grow this endowment over the next few years in order to better serve the community.
Current for-profit subsidiaries of The Hawaii Pacific Foundation include: