our goal

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. 

resilience hub phases


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

Phase II:  Economic resilience, disaster preparedness, and recovery

Phase III: Develop energy resilience impact hubs that cultivate collective prosperity


A goal of the Resilience Hub initiative is to build individual capacity and community networks to be resilient and ready for anything. To get there, Vibrant Hawai'i hosted a Resilience Leadership Academy (RLA) - a monthly development program with curated content by local experts. 

Between February and May 2021, we held space online for a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and best practices to be shared. Participants were equipped with tools to apply the learning, and be encouraged to connect with peers within their cohort to reflect and discuss their experiences.

Resilience Leadership Academy topics included: 

  • External Communication & Community Relations

  • Team Building & Internal Communication 

  • Volunteer Management & Recognition 

  • Disaster Preparedness & Response 

Through the RLA, grassroots leaders had the opportunity to hone and develop skill sets, cultivate relationships with folks around the island, and be part of a resilient community network to advance vibrant, positive outcomes.


Vibrant Hawai'i received donations from several coastal residents with a passionate desire to support the work of building resilient communities. This kōkua provided an opportunity to re-active hubs and programs that launched to support COVID-19 emergency response and spark more hubs in more communities. 

Hubs 2.0 ran February to May 2021, with an emphasis on helping communities bounce forward via economic development initiatives and empowering residents with tools to build resilience.

There are hubs in every district on Hawai‘i Island; the 2.0 network included:

  • Hāmākua: Honomū Gym, Pāpa‘ikou Gym, Hāmākua Youth Foundation, Pōhāha I Ka Lani

  • East Hawai‘i: Island of Hawai‘i YMCA, Kawananakoa Gym, Pana‘ewa Farmers Market, UH Hilo, Waiākea Uka Gym

  • Puna: Leilani Estates Neighborhood Watch, Men of Pa‘a x Kanaka O Puna

  • Ka‘ū: Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji x O Ka‘ū Kākou, Pāhala Resilience Hub

  • Kohala: Kailapa Community Association, Feed Hawaiʻi x One Heart Hub, Overflow Church x Partners in Development, St. James Church, Waimea District Park 

  • West Hawai‘i: Kama‘aina Hale Apartments, Miloli‘i Kōkua Hub

Watch our feature in Hawai‘i News Now.


Impact Summary

Over the 16 week activation, the hubs provided safe and supportive space to assist keiki with virtual learning, increased access to laptops and wifi, and supported the local food ecosystem through distribution of restaurant-prepared meals and local produce bags to assist 41,733 households and 108,214 individuals on Hawai’i Island (38% were keiki under age 18). This activation mobilized an island-wide coalition of grassroots leaders whose efforts increased equity and social capital, promoted health and wellness, and deepened cooperation, collaboration, and trust within and across communities.

Hub Partners

Cooper Center and Volcano Arts Center, Kim Miller & Linda Ugalde • County of Hawaiʻi Kawananakoa Gym, Chelbielyn Hanohano Flemming • Halekiʻi Resilience Hub and Friends of the Children of West Hawaiʻi, Michael Olsen • Hāmākua Youth Foundation, T. Mahealani Maikui & Jeannette Soon-Ludes • Hawaiian Beaches/Hawaiian Shores, Jessie Aguilar • Hawaiian Paradise Park Activities Center, Judi & Vanessa Houle • Hilo Coffee Mill, Caitlin Davis • Kailapa Community Center, Shari Ann Drummondo • Kō Education Center, Kalehua Kukahiko • Kua O Ka Lā, Pilimai Traub • Laʻiʻōpua, Kawehi Inaba • Laupāhoehoe Train Museum, Doug Connors & Auntie Lucille Chung • Leilani Community Association, Greg Armstrong • Lower Puna, Sammy Hastings • Maku‘u Farmers Market, Laua‘e Kekahuna • Nā‘ālehu Hongwanji, Michelle Galimba & Nadine Ebert • Nānāwale Community Association, Aaron Ferreira & Kanaka Ha‘aheo • Nā Kahua Hale O Uluwini, Toni Symons • Ocean View, Pam & Hannah Ako • Pahala Community, Katie Graham • Pahoa Schools Foundation, Hoku Fernandez • Pana‘ewa Farmers Market and Hub, Justine Kamelamela & Ahia Dye • Partners in Development Foundation and Overflow Church, Ross Pagat • Pōhāhāikalani, Kūlia Tolentino-Potter • Puna Baptist Church, Paula Minney • Salvation Army Hilo Corp, Lt. Jacob Bratton • St. James Church, Lauren Avery • Sure Foundation Puna, Richard Gorman • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Farrah Marie-Gomes • Volcano School of Arts & Science, Kim Miller & Kalima Kinney

Programs That Supported Hubs

Big Island Face Shield Group/3D Printing: Kean Wong, Ava Williams, Caroline Landry • Community and Financial Resilience, Rebecca Choi, Cheryl Matsumura, Kalehua Kukahiko and Kim Kobayashi • Conscious Communities, Sulma Gandhi • Full Life, Mar Ortaleza • Hāmākua Harvest, Marielle Hampton & Lei Lei Paolacci • Honeybee Education Program, Jenny Bach • Ke Kula ‘O Aloha ‘Aina, Heidi Hart • Keiki Heroes • Wellness Training for Students, Donna Matthews & Lacy Matsumoto • Young Keiki Learning and Enrichment, Cheyenne Jouppi

Businesses That Supported Hubs

Creative Arts Hawaiʻi • Hawaiʻi Island Board of Realtors • Waiākea Hawaiian Volcanic Water


Equitable Preparedness and Planning

Resilience Hubs 2.0

Introduction to Resilience Hubs

Shifting Power to Community and Increasing Community Capacity

Resilience Hub Analysis Toolkit

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