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A network of trusted, people-powered spaces that provide resources

to build more connected and prepared communities.





Community driven solutions are key to

transformative change and resilience. 


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Phase I: Respond to COVID-19 and provide for basic needs

Click to Download 2020 Hubs Impact Report

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Phase II:  Economic resilience, disaster preparedness, and recovery

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Phase III:  Formalize network, build on existing capacity, and ready for built infrastructure investment.

Click to Download 2022 Mid-Year Report



Vibrant Hawaiʻi is providing coaching, technical assistance, and financial investment for communities across Hawaiʻi Island who are interested in formalizing a network of resilience hubs.
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Increase capacity for community engagement, facilitation, leadership development, and disaster response.


Build relationships with change makers in your community, across Hawaiʻi Island.


Contribute to the reestablishment of community-led resilience practices  grounded in kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi.


Develop an awareness of and access to opportunities to leverage capital for long-term built infrastructure.

We believe locally-driven solutions are key to transformative change. To elevate our Hawai’i Island communities, Vibrant Hawai’i continues to strengthen and expand a network of Resilience Hubs - trusted, people-powered venues that support residents. 


Resilience Hubs are physical spaces that adapt to the changing needs of the community and activate in times of disaster to support emergency response and recovery efforts. 

We envision an island-wide network of Resilience Hubs that work in concert with ‘āina, are fueled by grassroots power, integrate restorative strategies, and support a connected, collaborative, passionate, and prepared community.

Questions? Email us


Beginning in November 2022, the network of over 40 Resilience Hubs are co-creating and hosting community events to restore the ancestral practices of Makahiki: year-end celebration, reflection, assessment, and strategic planning. The first two events were held in Nānāwale and Waimea and spotlight the work of Puna and North Hawaiʻi Hubs, build relationships across diverse community organizations, and increase awareness and access to resources that increase preparedness and resilience to both social vulnerabilities and natural disasters.


The Community Makahiki Events will feature:

  • 20+ booths sharing a variety of emergency resources and opportunities. While supplies last, those who visit at least 10 booths receive a free 5-gallon bucket with emergency supplies

  • Free keiki activities and games

  • Performances and diverse cultural demonstrations and celebrations

  • Storytelling about the historyof the region that reveal resilience and sense of place

  • Presentation of Community Resilience Awards to honor exemplary contributors 

  • Flu Shot Clinic by KTA Pharmacy and free COVID Home Test Kits, while supplies last  

  • ʻOno food from local food vendors

Please join us to celebrate Makahiki at any of the upcoming events:

  • Hilo: Saturday, December 10th, 10-1PM: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

  • Kaʻū: Saturday, January 21st, 10-2PM: Nāʻālehu Hongwanji and Resilience Hub

  • Laupāhoehoe: Saturday, January 28th, 10-1PM: Laupāhoehoe Congregational Church

  • Kona: Saturday, February 4th, 10-1PM: Kahaluʻu Manowai

For more information or to get involved, email



In 2020, Vibrant Hawai‘i set out to develop a network of people-powered spaces that provide resources to build more connected and prepared communities. We remain resolute in our application of the Asset-Based Community Development framework to increase “what community is able to do on their own” demonstrated by an increase in community self-determination and empowering residents in their quest to be ready for anything: the challenges beyond COVID-19, economic downturns, natural disasters, and the impacts of climate change. 


Over the last year Vibrant Hawaiʻi has gained valuable insights through intentional design and implementation of community feedback loops. We have used these insights to shape our programming, our advocacy for meaningful community engagement in government and philanthropic environments, and when sought after as state- and national-level advisors by communities seeking to replicate our work and outcomes. Our focus and priority remains squarely on Hawaiʻi Island communities and we continue to champion the vision of resilience. 


Vibrant Hawaiʻi will provide a tailored approach to help communities achieve their goals. We will leave the door open for communities to step into courageous spaces to expand goals and do more, should the need or desire arise. While Vibrant Hawai‘i has a precise vision of what a resilience hub looks like, we honor how communities see themselves fulfilling varying aspects of this vision, and will deploy training and technical assistance as needed to help community partners achieve the next level of resilience. 

Mahalo nui loa to the community representatives who came together as a Core Team to co-create this opportunity: Jeanette Soon-Ludes and Mahealani Maikui of Hāmākua Youth Center, Justine Rawlins of Keaukaha-Panaʻewa Farmers Association, Kaʻea Lyons of Hālau o Kaʻeaikahelelani, Susie Osborne of Kua O Ka Lā PCS, and Ross Pagat of Partners in Development Foundation.

Hubs 3.0 made possible by a grant from the Oak Foundation through Hawaiʻi Community Foundation.


South Hilo: Island of Hawaiʻi YMCA

South Hilo: Kākoʻo Kaiāulu

South Hilo: Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Association

Lower Puna: HIVE Hawaiʻi

Lower Puna: Kapoho Crater Resilience Hub

Lower Puna: Kua O Ka Lā NCPCS

Lower Puna: Leilani Estates Neighborhood Watch

Lower Puna: Makuʻu Farmers Hawaiian Homestead Association

Lower Puna: Orchidland Neighbors

Lower Puna: Puna Canoe Club

Upper Puna: Cooper Center Community Pantry

Upper Puna: Hilo Coffee Mill

Upper Puna: Puna Mākaukau

Upper Puna: Volcano Friends Feeding Friends

Kaʻū: Pāhala Resilience Food Hub

Kaʻū: Root & Rise

South Kona: Holoholo Ministries

South Kona: Konawaena Elementary ʻOhana

North Kona: Humanity Hale

North Kona: Kamaʻāina Hale Apartments

North Kona: New Hope Legacy Church

North Kona: Nā Kahua Hale o Uluwini

Waikoloa: Waikoloa Community Leadership Council

Hāmākua: Hāmākua-Kohala Health

Hāmākua: Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili

Hāmākua: Hāmākua Youth Center




Receive and distribute emergency supplies including but not limited to: food supplies, health products and services, donations, programs, or services to support community resilience


Data collection and reporting required


Participation Agreements are renewed annually

Kahua Hubs are volunteer driven and activate to provide for basic needs, increase equity, and strengthen individual and community resilience. Kahua hubs serve the general public within a specific geographic area. Kahua Hubs are included in an islandwide roster that Vibrant Hawaiʻi calls upon to: 

  • Distribute food supplies, health products and services, and donations to support community resilience

  • Promote and/or host programs and services to support community resilience


Kahua Hubs complete a participation agreement annually and commit to:

  • Vibrant Hawaiʻi Grounding Statement

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices

  • Media Release Form

  • Participation in After Action Reviews and Hikaloi surveys (Self-Assessment) at the conclusion of projects

  • Annual convening (Makahiki) and completion of the Annual Survey

  • Data collection and reporting required for specific projects to meet requirements of funders


To support Kahua Hubs, Vibrant Hawaiʻi commits to:

  • Provide access to resources and supplies offered to Vibrant Hawaiʻi for the purpose of community distribution

  • Provide opportunities for workshops and/or training to build cohesion and capacity

  • Provide access to micro-investment funding to implement projects and/or programming. 

    • Projects should be geared towards bringing community together to positively shape the natural or built environment to increase community resilience, build social cohesion, and address vulnerabilities.

    • Programming should increase knowledge, skills, and abilities of community members to increase community resilience, build social cohesion, and address vulnerabilities. Examples include, but are not limited to: Mental Health First Aid Certification, Trauma Informed Care workshops, Hands Only CPR/AED Workshops, financial literacy programs, etc.

  • Share Kahua Hub events, workshops, requests for support with the Vibrant Hawaiʻi network through our website, social media, and e-newsletter

  • Publicly recognize Kahua Hubs in our print and non-print media about Kahua Hub projects and events to build the broader community’s awareness and support of the Hub

  • Provide training and technical assistance to Kahua Hubs grant applications, inclusive of letters of recommendation and letters of support


North Hilo: Kekelaokalani

North Hilo: Laupāhoehoe Congregational Church

South Hilo: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

South Hilo: Hoʻōla Farms

Lower Puna: Arts & Sciences Center

Lower Puna: Hawaiʻi's Volcano Circus

Lower Puna: Hawaiian Acres Community Association

Lower Puna: Kalani Honua

Lower Puna: Nānāwale Community Association, Inc.

Lower Puna: Team Pa'a

Kaʻū: Nāʻālehu Resilience Hub

Kaʻū: Oceanview Marshallese

South Kona: Miloliʻi Kalanihale

North Kona: Hope Chapel Kona

South Kohala: Kailapa Community Association

North Kohala: North Kohala Resilience Hub

Waimea: Waimea Resilience Hub

Kaiāulu Hubs incorporate all the activities and agreements of Kahua Hubs, and commit to actively build capacity to facilitate community disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and/or economic resilience. Kaiāulu Hubs have access to a physical space to operate resilience hub activities, and enter into a multi-year commitment with Vibrant Hawaiʻi to increase preparedness and establish hub space as a “go-to” for support during normal times and natural disasters.



  • Coordinated Request for Assistance

  • Coordinated donations management

  • Volunteer recruitment and management, including liability management, waivers, and tracking volunteer hours to qualify for federal reimbursement programs

  • Engaging with media channels during an active disaster

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Social Service Navigators



  • Neighborhood-level asset and vulnerability mapping

  • Consent to Share Information forms and procedures

  • Build a Response Team to mobilize during times of crisis and disaster

  • Develop and train a core team of Social Service Navigators within each neighborhood to assist impacted households apply for assistance programs

  • Quarterly After Action Reviews and Peer-to-Peer Learning 


Other Requirements: 

  • A physical space to operate resilience hub activities

  • Multi-year commitment to increase preparedness and establish hub space as a “go-to” for support during normal times and natural disasters

Kaiāulu Hubs complete a 2-year participation agreement and commit to engage a Core Team of individuals who:

  • Participate in a neighborhood-level asset and vulnerability mapping exercise

  • Participate in 2-day, semi-annual summits for disaster response training and demonstration exercises that include: Request for Assistance, Consent to Share Information forms and procedures, donations management, volunteer recruitment and management, including liability management, waivers, and tracking volunteer hours to qualify for federal reimbursement programs, and communication with government agencies and media channels during an active disaster. Summits occur pre-hurricane season (Quarter 2) and during Makahiki Season (Quarter 4).

  • Identify an individual who will commit to becoming a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and provide free certification to community members 

  • Identify an individual who will commit to becoming a CPR/First Aid Instructor and provide free certification to community members 

  • Identify a Core Team of individuals who will commit to training as Social Service Navigators to provide equitable access to information and social service/financial resources to community members

  • Participate in Quarterly After Action Reviews

  • Data collection and reporting, as required by project funding sources

  • Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in disaster response and abide by the communication and coordination agreements therein

  • Build collaborative relationships and social cohesion across communities, with other Kaiāulu Hubs, county and state agencies, and other non-government organizations active in disaster


To support Kaiāulu Hubs, Vibrant Hawaiʻi commits to:

  • Coordinate and host all required training and exercises

  • Provide participant stipends for travel, meals, and lodging, when necessary

  • Execute contracts with community identified consultants, instructors, and experts to contribute to the design and implementation of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery training, exercises, and activities

  • Identify and provide funding to support the community’s ability to address identified vulnerabilities as they are documented in the asset and vulnerability map

  • Provide a place-based, Community Engagement Ambassador to support asset and vulnerability mapping, digital media, project coordination, communication, and logistics management and coordination of the resilience hub.


Resilience Hubs 2022 Mid-Year Report

Resilience Hub Analysis Toolkit

Resilience Hubs 2.0

Shifting Power to Community and Increasing Community Capacity

Equitable Preparedness and Planning

Introduction to Resilience Hubs

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