islander institute


Islander Institute was formed to institute island values in the way we address systemic problems in Hawai‘i




Island values include caring for our land, building strong communities, honoring our traditions, and living a life of responsibility and aloha.

Islander Institute works with people who love Hawai‘i and embody what it means to be an islander—people who love the land like a family member; sacrifice for children and for the good of all; value and respect every person’s role; embrace responsibility to resolve problems; are strong in times of scarcity and smart in times of plenty; give freely and generously; believe there is more to life than consumption and status; act with courage and toughness; and practice humility, forgiveness, and kindness. 

We trust in the wisdom of island people and we want to enhance their power to meet community needs, influence powerful institutions, and share in the decisions that will determine Hawai‘i’s future.

Our network includes individuals who practice and perpetuate island values, leaders who try to change complex systems from within, and organizations that build community power to address social issues.



The Islander Scholars program is an annual recognition and academy for public high school juniors who demonstrate the things that make Hawaii special.



Islander Institute strives to build connections among our many partners, allies, and friends.  Click on the photos to learn more about these organizations and how you can support their work.




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Islander Institute
P.O. Box 751
Kailua, Hawai‘i 96734