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What We Believe

Our Mission:  Liliʻuokalani Trust provides opportunities for Hawaiian children to realize their greatest potential -- living healthy, joyful, and prosperous lives, while contributing positively to their families, communities, and the world.  

Our strategy is rooted in the idea that Native Hawaiian communities already possess much of what is required to achieve a strong foundation in social, emotional, cultural, and economic self- sufficiency. Constructing a path toward wellbeing — within a system that has perpetuated poor outcomes for our children and ‘ohana — involves focusing our resources in a few strategic areas: 

  • Direct services to children and families 
  • Partnerships
  • Purposeful innovation
  • Research and evaluation 
  • System change

By broadening our vision to make a deeper system impact and by focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty for Native Hawaiian ‘ohana, we’re seeking to change the trajectory for generations to come. It’s a challenge that’s as big as it is important; and it’s one that honors and builds on the Queen’s dream. Her legacy remains our inspiration.

Our Core Values:  Our core values guide our policies, planning, programs, practice, and relationships with the Queen’s kamali‘i (beneficiaries), their families, our community, each other, and other organizations with whom we work.  

  • Aloha (compassion, empathy, kindness)
  • ‘Imi Na‘auao (seeking knowledge)  
  • Kuleana (responsible, accountable)
  • Po‘okela (excellence)
  • Pono (right time, place, reason, people, tools)
  • Wiwo‘ole (courageous, brave, fearless)

As we strive to break the cycle of poverty faced by our Hawaiian families, we draw on these deeply-held beliefs
to guide our decision making to best support innovation, engagement,
and empowerment in advancing our strategic initiatives. 

Please contact us if you would like to know more about our services.