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Puna Strong

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Puna Strong has a community-based disaster management approach that values the knowledge and capacities of residents; builds on local resources, including social capital; and aims to increase community resilience. Community resilience is the ability for the community to efficiently use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations such as the Kīlauea eruption of 2018.

The focus of Puna Strong will be on building community resilience for the Puna communities impacted by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption on Hawai‘i Island with a $350,000 investment in nonprofit organizations and partnerships leading community-driven projects.

Grants and technical support will be made to nonprofit organizations with a 501c3 tax status, as well as partnerships that connect nonprofit organizations and community groups taking action on community resilience. HCF encourages organizations and individuals from the communities of Puna to reach out and explore potential projects or initiatives to be considered for funding.

Please contact Diane Chadwick at or 808-938-8533 to discuss potential projects and any questions. Letters of interest will also be accepted and can be submitted to Diane Chadwick at by February 15, 2021. Please include the name of the nonprofit organization and partners, contact information, and a brief description of the project or program that addresses the community resilience focus of Puna Strong. Inquiries will be followed up with by a member of HCF’s Hawai‘i Island team.