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.



islander scholars

Islander Scholars is an annual recognition and academy for public high school juniors who demonstrate the things that make Hawai‘i special.


community health

Read about Islander Institute’s work in community health and download the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment.


capacity building

Islander Institute works with many community partners in an effort to build our collective capacity to make positive social change.



Our mailing address is:

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

Use the form below to contact Islander Institute. Questions about the Islander Scholars program will be directed to Laurie Au. All other messages including requests for meetings and presentations, inquiries about potential projects and partnerships, and any other matters will be directed to Andrew Aoki.

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