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Welcome to The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division blog! Here we feature stories, messages from our Divisional Leaders and photos from our programs. We will also share event information and volunteer opportunities. If you'd like to contribute to our mission and see more stories, please donate here.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

This week we are monitoring Tropical Storm Guillermo, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before weakening as it approaches Hawaii next week. As many of you are aware, The Salvation Army is always prepared to provide services after every disaster that may impact the community.  From Hurricane Iniki in Kauai to devastating earthquakes in Nepal, The Salvation Army is prepared to respond with food, water, supplies, and spiritual services.

We will stay on top of the latest weather updates. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates as well.


Earlier this week, approximately 100 seniors from our Corps and senior citizen groups from Waianae, Kailua, Kaneohe, and Honolulu attended our Kupuna Camp, titled ‘All Aboard,’ a train-themed retreat. Seniors enjoyed activities such as the Railroad Bingo, mason jar crafts, a photo booth, fellowship, a train ride, and an interactive skit! We had a blast connecting with the seniors in the community and giving them an opportunity to make memories and have fun during the summer.

Next up is our Family Camp in September. We anticipate lots of fun activities and fellowship with families across the state.

RevHi Philippines Team

Please pray for members of our RevHi team who have spent the past two months in the Philippines “Doing the Most Good” and are preparing for their journey back home. We thank God for their servant hearts and desire to go out into the world and “let their light shine before others, that they may see their good works and glorify God in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

Back to School Supplies Needed


Remember the excitement of the first day of school? Equipped with a new outfit, notebook, and pencils, it was the start of unlimited possibilities and no child should head to the first day of class with a case of “back to school blues!” A new uniform, backpack and supplies can help erase those blues and set a child on the path of success. After all, It’s more than arithmetic and spelling that is learned in the classroom.

This year, the average family is expected to spend $670 on back-to-school supplies and for many families that is more than they can afford. That’s why we are collecting school supplies for families that we serve in the community.

If you can make a donation of new school supplies or clothing, please call our Community Development Manager, Victor Leonardi, at 808.440.1834. Our deadline to collect supplies and clothing is this Friday, July 31.

Some commonly needed items include backpacks, pencils, erasers, pencil pouches, pens, colored pencils, highlighters, rulers, scissors, gluesticks, glue, folders, notebooks, folders, crayons, and markers. Backpacks and shoes are easy to purchase, and we will find a kid that fits them perfectly.

You can help by giving deserving children the tools they need to gain confidence and dream big!

A Message from our Divisional Leaders

new officers with divisional leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

We are pleased to announce new officers have joined our Lihue and Kona Corps.

Gross, Elizabeth Kathreen


We welcome Lt. Elizabeth Gross to our Lihue Corps. Born and raised in California, Lt. Gross move to Oahu a few years ago to become a ministry and outreach worker with Kroc Center Hawaii in Kapolei. Once the Kroc Center was built, she answered her call to Officership. Lt. Gross has been on mission trips in the Marshall Islands and several islands in the Federated States of Micronesia. She has a passion for ministry, community, and healing.

MCCUTCHEON, Sejal Christian, Phillip Alan,  Kaitlyn Amy

Lts. Phillip and Sejal McCutcheon come from Redding, California and will be our Kona Corps officers. Both officers have a great interest in cross-culture ministries and met in Argentina on a mission trip. A few years ago, they became officers and married. They now have a beautiful baby girl named Kaitlyn. We are excited to welcome them and their beautiful daughter to our Corps in Kona.

Please join us in welcoming the new officers to the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. We are thrilled to be working with them to serve those in most need in our communities.


Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

An All-Embracing Army


We are in awe of the many countries represented at Boundless 2015! On Friday, a session called ‘An All-Embracing Army,’ celebrated the internationalism and multiculturalism of the Army. Our Divisional hula halau graced the stage on Friday with their performance along with other groups from Kenya, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, and more. What a wonderful way to highlight our diversity in background and ministry!

Watch their performance below, our halau’s performance begins at 35:15.



19222619258_5037a8092f_oClick here to view more photos from Boundless 2015.


Photos of our Divisional Hula Halau in London


Our Divisional Hula Halau represented the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands at The Salvation Army’s International Congress “Boundless 2015″ in London last night! We are so proud of their hard work and ability to share the Aloha spirit with others.

Enjoy the photos from our Territorial Headquarters web guru John Docter!







View more photos from the International Congress here.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

We are currently in London for Boundless 2015, an International Congress for The Salvation Army and commemoration of the organization’s 150th anniversary. This is an opportunity to connect with other Salvation Army leaders around the world to discuss best practices for addressing community needs. It is also an opportunity to see the great work being done in other countries!


Last week was quite exciting as we celebrated LEON Day – a “Christmas in June” day that we observe as a reminder that the need for our services and programs are year round. We’d like to thank Swinerton Builders for donating your time to help us raise money in Downtown Honolulu for those in need. We would also like to thank our volunteers and staff that represented The Salvation Army at all Walmart locations and participating CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs locations across the State of Hawaii. You all have helped us raise community awareness of The Salvation Army’s programs throughout the state and helped raise approximately $3,500 during our LEON Day event!


This week, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and blessed 4
th of July weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in need of freedom from hunger, addiction, and poverty. Our Pathway of Hope initiative has already helped families recover from their struggles and helped them find jobs, safe housing, and a supportive community. Through your support and contributions, we will continue this initiative to free families from the elements that bound them to poverty and addiction and help them to become independent, contributing members of their communities.

God bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

It’s about six months until Christmas and we’re celebrating LEON Day this Thursday, June 25! LEON is noel spelled backwards and it’s a day that reminds our communities that the need for our services and programs is year round. For LEON Day, we’re bringing Christmas cheer during the summer to all Walmart locations and participating Longs/CVS Caremark locations across the state!
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Look out for our red kettles and bell ringers as we try to fill our kettles for families in need this summer. If you’re on Oahu, KSSK’s Perry & Price Morning Show will join us in the Christmas-during-the-summer festivities by playing Christmas tunes during their program. And, volunteers from Swinerton Builders will be bell ringing and staffing red kettles in downtown Honolulu from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on all four corners at the intersection Bishop and King Streets.

IMG_0400This is how the kids beat the summer heat at Camp Homelani!

This summer, we have 450 keiki attending summer camp at our Camp Homelani on the North Shore. These children come from underprivileged communities on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai. Camp Homelani offers these children opportunities to learn, play, and make new friends. Thanks to our donors and supporters, many children were able to receive full scholarships to attend camp and have the best summer experience!

May you all have a blessed week.

Mahalo and God bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

Some keiki go hungry during the summer…


Photo from our Salvation Army Kona Corps food pantry.

The summer months are often the times when children who don’t have food at home struggle the most, unfortunately right now our pantries across the state are running very dry.

Please help us feed our local Ohana this summer by making a food donation at the following locations or send funds for our corps to purchase food here.


Family Services Office
296 Vineyard Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96817

Hawaii Island

Kona Corps
75-223 Kalani Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Hilo Temple Corps
210 Ponohawai Street
Hilo, HI 96720


Kahului Corps
45 W. Kamehameha Ave
Kahului, HI 96732

Lahaina Corps
131 Shaw Street
Lahaina, HI 96767


Lihue Corps
4182 Hardy Street
Lihue, HI 96766

Hanapepe Corps
4465 Puolo Road
Hanapepe, HI 96716

Mahalo for your support!

Volunteer Opportunities for June and July


If you’re looking for ways to Do The Most Good in your community, please see our volunteer opportunities below. We get many requests to volunteer during the summer, so sign up before the spaces fill up!


Ongoing – Hawaii Island – Kona Thrift Store

Volunteer at The Salvation Army Kona Thrift Store! One hundred percent of all proceeds from our Kona family thrift store go to the programs and services in Kona. This is a fun and fulfilling way to help families in Kona! Click the link above to view details and contact information.

All Islands – Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island – LEON Day

6/25/15 – LEON Day (Noel spelled backwards, marks halfway to Christmas) is a special day for The Salvation Army in Hawaii. It is a time for us to remember that there are people in need all year round, not just during the holidays. For this reason, we ring bells at our red kettles at participating Walmart and CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs locations. Join us in ringing bells on this exciting “Christmas during the Summer” day! Email Victor Leonardi at to sign up.


7/18/15 – Oahu – Summer Event and Back to School Drive 

For keiki, going back to school without the proper school supplies can be discouraging. We need volunteers for a Summer Event and Back to School Drive at Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center! This summer event will not only help us collect school supplies for underprivileged youth, but we will also have games, craft booths, rides, and more! Click the link above to see details and contact information.

7/26/15 – Oahu – Outdoor Beautification Project in Kaimuki

We are looking for volunteers who love the outdoors! Our campus in Kaimuki is in need of a few things for the families who attend the programs. The campus is in need of picnic tables/benches, simple landscaping, etc. If you or your company/friends are interested, please click the link above for details and contact information.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

We are excited to announce that our Molokai Outpost is now a Corps! Gina Kahuahuia spearheads the corps’ programs and services such as the monthly food distribution day, bible study and worship service. The Molokai Corps will be able to provide more support to the community and help those in need.

We are grateful that so many joined us in celebrating National Donut Day last Friday! We saw many happy faces on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai! Our bakery partners Regal Bakery on Oahu, Krispy Kreme on Maui, and Daylight Donuts on Kauai have been generous in contributing to such a significant day for The Salvation Army. On Oahu, we were able to raise $763 through our kettles for our Family Services Office, which means we are able to feed more families this month!

This past Saturday, we had some special visitors at our Kauluwela Mission Corps. Eagle Scouts came to construct planters for our corps. Mahalo to Eagle Scout Nic Politsch for coordinating this volunteer project with our Kauluwela Mission Corps officers, Majors Randy and Jonnette Mulch. It is refreshing to see the beautiful greenery around our building.

Coming up in two weeks, we will be celebrating LEON Day with bell ringers and kettles at participating Longs/CVS Caremark and Walmart stores statewide! LEON Day is noel spelled backwards and it’s our reminder that the need for basic services in Hawaii are year round. Do The Most Good in your community by joining us in celebrating LEON Day and contribute to our mission to serve those in need throughout the year.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness