capacity building

Islander Institute is striving to build a movement made up of 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.

our practice

Islander Institute is a civic enterprise organized as a limited liability company. Through professional service contracts, donations, and reciprocal relationships, we sustain ourselves so that we can build relationships and develop strategies that build community power.

We listen and talk story with our partners—translating ideas, developing plans, and inspiring action. We strive to learn everything we can about Hawai‘i, our people, places, issues, and systems. We then apply that knowledge to design effective processes, develop strategy and movement.

Depending on the needs of our partners, Islander Institute can help in various ways including:

  • Strategy: process design, organizational planning, business strategy, political strategy, transition planning

  • Organizational Development: community organizing, leadership development, executive coaching, program development, partnership/alliance development

  • Facilitation: conflict resolution, problem solving, meeting facilitation

  • Communications: media strategy and relations, writing, advocacy

  • Research and Analysis: needs assessments, policy analysis, evaluation

friends, partners, and allies

These are some of the organizations we have worked with and learned from over the years.

Consuelo Foundation

Domestic Violence Action Center


Hale Naʻau Pono

Hale Pihana Ka ʻIkena

Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

Hawaiʻi Appleseed

Hawaiʻi H.O.M.E. Project

Hawaiʻi People’s Fund

Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute

Hawaiʻi State AFL-CIO

Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association

Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi




HMSA Foundation

Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha



Hoʻola Mokauea

Hoʻoulu ʻĀina


Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa

Kaʻala Farm

Kahua Ola Hou

Kamehameha Schools

Kaʻonohi Loʻi

KEY Project

Kīpuka Lānaʻi Farms

Kōkua Kalihi Valley

Kōkua Mau


Kula No Na Poʻe Hawaiʻi


Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi

Liliʻuokalani Trust

Mālama Learning Center

Mālama Kauaʻi

Maui Food Bank

Mele Murals

Molokaʻi Child Abuse Prevention

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation

Office of Youth Services

ʻŌiwi TV

Paepae O Heʻeia

Parents and Children Together

PBS Hawaiʻi


Purple Maiʻa

Roots Cafe

Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi

The Kohala Center

The Kohala Institute

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi

Waianu Farm

Waipā Foundation

Waiwai Collective

YMCA of Honolulu