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Strengthening Hawai‘i’s Communities
Investing in Health & Medicine

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In the face of rising costs and reforms to the industry, aid for health care initiatives is increasingly important. Support for today’s research could provide cures for tomorrow.

In addition to funding research programs, HCF offers assistance to initiatives that promote better physical health, mental well-being and social support services for all of Hawai‘i’s residents, from keiki to kūpuna.

Medical Research

Medical Research

The Medical Research Program supports clinical and basic research in a variety of areas determined by the source of funding. For specific areas of research refer to the Funding Opportunity.

Find Out More about Medical Research Grants

Kūpuna Aging in Place

Persons in Need

The Hawai`i Community Foundation has provided grants for elderly services for over 30 years through the Persons in Need (PIN) for Elderly Services Program, now known as the Kūpuna Aging in Place (KAP) Program for Elderly Services.

The KAP program supports nonprofit organizations to provide the following:

1. Community-based support services for low- to moderate-income kūpuna age 65 or older provided in kūpuna’s homes or at a facility

2. Tuition assistance for low- to moderate-income kūpuna age 65 or older to attend licensed adult day care or adult day health programs

3. Caregiver support services through education, support groups, and respite

Find more information about the KAP Program


Oscar and rosetta fish fund

Persons in Need

The Oscar and Rosetta Fish Speech Therapy fund was established by Oscar and Rosetta Fish.  Rosetta Ramsey moved to Hawai‘i in the early 1940’s from Ohio; she was a Speech Pathologist, and taught speech at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  She then met and later married Oscar Fish, a successful self-made businessman, who also moved to Hawai‘i from the mainland.  He was a member of the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Business Administration’s first graduating class in 1959.  Before Oscar’s death in 1988, the Fish’s set up a scholarship fund to help students who are majoring in business.  Before Rosetta’s death in 1994, she also started this fund with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to provide assistance to families who have children needing speech therapy; she cared much about children with speech disorders.  

To provide speech therapy services for disadvantaged children 3 to 5 years old.

2019 – 2021 Grantees:
Easter Seals Hawai‘i (serves children on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, and Kaua‘i)
Family Support Service of West Hawai‘i (serves children on Hawai‘i Island)
Imua Family Services (serves children on Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i)
Parents and Children Together (serves children on O‘ahu)
Sounds of Success Preschool (serves children on O‘ahu)


The Leahi Fund

The Leahi Fund

Leahi Fund for Pulmonary Research - Scientific Research
The purpose of the Leahi Fund is "to support programs of research and education in, and the prevention of, pulmonary disease."

Find out more about Leahi Fund grants