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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.

The Salvation Army 45th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

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The Salvation Army 45th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. This is an annual event where The Salvation Army welcomes anyone who is in need of a hot meal and fellowship to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone is welcome!

We still have some shifts available for our 45th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Click here to sign up.


‘Ohana Camp

By Captain Shoshannah Ruwethin, Hilo Corps Officer

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‘Ohana Camp in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division was well worth the wait. From early this year, we had been anticipating a joyous reunion of the Hawaiian Islands corps at this biennial event.


All the details were ironed out for childcare, family food fun festival, worship teams, meetings outlines, housing, meals, travel arrangements and more. The weekend had come and ‘Ohana Camp was here at last.


Excited delegates from the neighbor islands rode on the buses to Camp Homelani and were met by helpful and faithful DHQ staff and our Divisional Leaders Majors John and Lani Chamness. Oahu delegates busily set up tents for their weekend lodging.   Although, the phrase “It’s so hot!” could have been the motto for the weekend, even the sweat could not dampen the abundant smiles, laughter, and touching conversations of the 350 campers.


Around the beautiful grounds, you could see prayers, praises, and scripture verses written on pennants wafting in the breeze and setting the stage for what was to come. First timers and regular camp goers alike enjoyed the meetings, evening programs, the “ono” food and worshiping together, led by a different corps worship team each day. We even found time to rest, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, fish, go night crabbing, play basketball, volleyball, “talk story” with new and old friends, and relax with the familiar ukulele.

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The teaching throughout the weekend from Colonel Geanette Seymour who recently retired from Territorial Headquarters in Sydney, Australia (evening sessions) and Majors Amy and Rob Reardon from Seattle Temple (day sessions and morning devotionals) challenged the camp to grab hold onto the fact that Jesus is the real thing! He invites us to be a part of His family – not to be content with the trappings of religion, but to grab on to the one true God who came to be with us because of His love – encouraging us all to live a life more abundantly with Christ Jesus.

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A highlight of the Sunday morning service was the enrollment of three Jr. and nine Sr. Soldiers by Colonel Seymour and Majors Reardon.

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All of the details showed God orchestrating that those in attendance would hear from Him and take home the theme, “This I Believe.” This was a weekend to remember.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

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Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

Are you a football fan? We will be at the Football Kick-Off Fan Frenzy Event at Mililani Shopping Center on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fans come dressed in their favorite football team’s jersey and colors to enjoy giveaways from Realty Pro, KSSK, and more. We will be collecting school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, backpacks, and other much needed supplies for keiki in need in our community.


Our Adult Day Health Services is in need of some talented volunteers to help with mentally stimulating and fun activities with our seniors!

Here are some of the ways you can volunteer:

  • Play a game! Our seniors love Bingo, puzzles, dominoes, word search, and more.
  • Read a book or talk story! Short stories, current events, feature articles, or simple conversations help our seniors keep their minds fresh.
  • Share a talent! Sing, play ukulele, or teach Tai Chi to entertain our fun-loving seniors.
  • Teach arts and crafts! From origami to painting, our seniors love creating new things.

The ADHS team is looking for volunteers who are ages 18 and older, available on any day from Monday-Friday between 12 noon to 5:30 p.m., and would like to share their talents or spend time with a group of six or more seniors.

Other volunteer opportunities at our ADHS program are:

  • Helping to build raised garden beds
  • Establish and nurture a living garden
  • Office tasks

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Also, don’t forget that Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation if you designate The Salvation Army at the checkout stand until the end of September!

We pray that you have a safe and enjoyable week.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness




In your prayers today, please remember those we lost, who survived, who responded, and those who continue to carry the consequences of that day physically and emotionally.

Thank you to Salvation Army officers and staff who served, and thank God for our volunteers and donors who help keep us on the front lines serving — wherever there is need.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

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330 people attended our ‘Ohana Camp this weekend at Camp Homelani in Waialua.

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

This past weekend we held our ‘Ohana Camp for families in need of quality time, fellowship, and prayer. We are very blessed to witness many lives changing through God’s love at Camp Homelani. Here are a few of our favorite moments.

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Lieutenant Elizabeth Gross plays the uke with her Lihue corps.


Keiki were treated to cotton candy, shaved ice, and goodies at the ‘Ohana bazaar.


The ‘Ohana Camp was also an opportunity to swear in new soldiers from our corps across the Hawaiian Islands.

We’d like to thank all of our staff and volunteers who made this opportunity possible for our families across the state.

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Therapeutic Nursery Director Candace Pang and Ohana 100

Last week, Ohana 100 donated brand new children’s books to our Family Treatment Services Therapeutic Nursery. Mothers and their keiki were given the opportunity to select a book to keep.


Keiki were given a variety of educational books on family, animals, cars, and more.

Ohana 100 is an organization that promotes literacy and providing books to keiki in disadvantaged communities. Mahalo for your donation to our clients at FTS and for providing reading material for our nursery!

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This Friday, our Kroc Center will be hosting a Music & Moonlight event featuring live music by Imua and Tiff Garza and our Kroc music students! Please join us for this free event at our Kroc Center.

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Lastly, please don’t forget to donate to The Salvation Army at your local Foodland, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms location! Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation to The Salvation Army until September 30.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

A Message from our Divisional Leaders


Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

We are preparing for our ‘Ohana Camp this weekend! Titled “This I Believe,” the ‘Ohana Camp will feature special guests Colonel Geanette Seymour from the Territorial Headquarters in Sydney, Australia and Majors Rob and Amy Reardon from the Seattle Temple Corps. Our ‘Ohana camp is for families who are in need of quality time, strengthening their relationships with God, and fellowship. Also featured is an on site food festival, bazaar, and many activities.

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Support The Salvation Army through Foodland’s Give Aloha campaign this month! Show your Maika’i Card, make a donation, and designate The Salvation Army at any Foodland, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms checkout using our organization code 77124.

Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of your donation!
Foodland’s Give Aloha Campaign will run throughout the month of September.

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Mark your calendars! We are hosting a FREE estate planning and charitable giving Lunch & Learn seminar on September 29 and 30 later this month. Guest speakers will be Michelle M. Ogata, Attorney at Law from Estate Planning Group and The Salvation Army’s Associate Territorial Planned Giving Director Jeff Hesseltine, JD. Please bring your family and friends to learn more about estate planning, the structure and benefits of a revocable living trust, turning under-productive real estate into an income stream, and more! Lunch will be served and reservations are necessary. Seating is limited. Call 808.440.1865 to reserve your spot.


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Majors John and Lani Chamness

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.