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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,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Major Dave Harmon’s Promotion to Glory last Friday, August 14. Major Harmon died after a brief battle with a serious illness. We will miss his warm spirit, his energy and love for life, and his servant heart.

Major Dave Harmon has been a part of The Salvation Army for more than 30 years. His service to those in most need has extended to Trinidad, the Bahamas, Chicago, Guam, Santa Monica, Seattle, our Territorial Headquarters, and Hawaii.

He played a role in establishing the Pathway of Hope initiative in Hawaii, which helps individuals and families break the intergenerational cycle of drug addiction and poverty through securing stable jobs, safe housing, and becoming sufficient, contributing members of the community. His passion was to help others find hope and the resources to get back on their feet.


“Strife and sorrow over, The Lord’s true faithful soldier, Has been called to go from the ranks below, To the conq’ring host above.” – Herbert Howard Booth

Our hearts go out to the Harmon Family and their children. We ask you to keep their family in your prayers during this difficult time.

A funeral service will be held for Major Dave on Friday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at:

Borthwick Mortuary

1330 Maunakea Street

Honolulu, HI 96817

Camp Homelani – Teen Camp Rewind

We made some of the best memories with the teens that attended Camp Homelani over the summer! Our camp is a safe place for keiki and teens to detach themselves from problems at home or at school, learn life skills, get to know Jesus, and have the best summer of their lives. It is an honor to provide this opportunity for them each year.

End of Summer Movie Night

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We will be at Salt Lake Shopping Center this weekend for the End of Summer Family Movie Night! Our staff and volunteers will have a booth to collect canned goods for families in need and school supplies for underprivileged keiki. Join us for a fun family movie night featuring Guardians of the Galaxy!

End of Summer Craft and Family Fun Fair at Aikahi Park Shopping Center

Mahalo to our volunteers for their participation with The Salvation Army on Saturday’s End of Summer Craft and Family Fun Fair! We are honored to have you volunteer your time and energy.  We trust you had a great time at the event.

2Together we were able to raise some much needed funds, food and school supplies for Salvation Army programs.  These items and funds will support at-risk families here on Oahu. 

Thank you for giving of your time, we really do appreciate your help and all that you do for The Salvation Army.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders


The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Saipan serves thousands of people hot meals daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

This week Saipan residents affected by Typhoon Soudelor are receiving relief such as water, food, and clothing. Our Soup Kitchen in Chalan Kanoa village has served more than 4,100 meals this week and has received assistance from Bank of Hawaii, Foremost Group, Pacific Trading, Hana Tour, and government officials. Please continue to lift Envoy Wayne and Annie Gillespie and our volunteers who are providing support to those affected in prayer.

Food and water are still needed to provide meals. If you would like to give to help us stock our Soup Kitchen and continue to serve hot meals daily in Saipan, donate here.


We are also monitoring twin typhoons approaching Saipan and Tinian. Both islands are on typhoon watch. We will post updates as they become available.


Our Family Treatment Services and the PATH Clinic ensures mothers or pregnant women are healthy and thriving.

Congratulations are also in order to Erika Warner, Residential Clinical Supervisor, and our staff at the Family Treatment Services who, along with the Waikiki Health PATH Clinic, will be receiving a prestigious Community Partnership Award from Mutual of America Foundation. This national award recognizes programs that build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good. The Salvation Army’s collaboration with the PATH Clinic assists pregnant and parenting women with addition challenges and can certainly be replicated by other programs across the country.


Divisional Leader Major John Chamness and Honolulu Advisory Board member Jeff Emerson 

This week, we also want to welcome Jeff Emerson to our Honolulu Advisory Board. Jeff is a local, small business owner with a huge heart for making a difference in the community. We are excited for him to be a part of our mission of Doing The Most Good in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands!

Mahalo and God bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

Mahalo to Wat Buddhajakramongkolvararam!


Last month, a Buddhist Thai Temple donated $7,000 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Nepal after a devastating earthquake had killed 8,600 people and displaced 2.8 million people. 


We thank Wat Buddhajakramongkolvararam for their donation, the work of the Army is still going strong in Nepal. Click here to learn more about how we are providing relief and helping those affected by the earthquake.

End of Summer Craft and Family Fun Fair


We will be at the End of Summer Craft & Family Fun Fair at Aikahi Park Shopping Center this weekend! Please stop by to donate school supplies or canned food. OR if you’d like to volunteer at the event, click here.

UPDATE from Our Saipan Corps

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An update from Envoy Wayne in Saipan:

The Salvation Army Soup Kitchen will be open every day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Saipan Corps has purchased approximately $6,500 of food to serve and will need more assistance to continue feeding those in need.

Please donate here to help our brothers and sisters in Saipan.

Mahalo to Envoy Wayne and his staff for their hard work to serve those in most need!


A Message from Our Divisional Leaders


Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

It’s an active hurricane season and we urge you to prepare for potential impacts of Tropical Storm Guillermo and Tropical Storm Hilda. Major Mark Gilden is leading our Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] response and is monitoring both storms and preparing to respond to those who might be affected. To support our emergency disaster relief fund, please click here. Remember that 100 percent of all donations to disaster relief will go to efforts to serve the communities that are impacted.

In addition, our Saipan Corps and EDS are working diligently to respond to those affected by Typhoon Soudelor in Saipan. Residents are still left in the dark without electricity, running water, and fuel is being rationed with priority given to government employees. Yesterday, President Barack Obama declared Saipan a disaster area and has ordered federal aid to help in the recovery of lost homes, damages, and rebuilding of the infrastructure. As of today, more than 500 people are in shelters.

Our Saipan Corps officers and volunteers are working diligently to respond to those in need with food assistance, but there is much more to be done. We have set up a giving page that will aid residents in Saipan in recovery. We can assure you that 100 percent of your donations will go to our EDC efforts in Saipan. DONATE HERE


Earlier this week, we had a bittersweet celebration for one of our dedicated employees in Hilo. Pauline Pavao, the leader of our Family Intervention Services, is retiring with a strong record of helping at-risk youth in Hawaii Island. We are so thankful for her hard work to help numerous youth live safe and healthy lives. Mahalo nui loa to Pauline for putting our mission in action on Hawaii Island and best wishes for a wonderful retirement.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

Saipan declared in a ‘State of Disaster’


Homes and businesses were destroyed after Typhoon Soudelor passed through Saipan on Saturday night. Winds of 105 mph took down power lines and caused major damages to the island’s power plant. Many are in need of food and water. Our staff is working to assess the damage and serve those in need on the island. We will post updates as they become available.

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We have set up a donation page to send relief to those in need in Saipan. 100% of your donations will go towards our relief efforts on the island. DONATE HERE.

Waking up the next day and seeing all the damage was heartbreaking.

Read more on Typhoon Soudelor’s destruction in Saipan here.