ABOUT US

Our Mission

We build independence and an improved quality of life for individuals with cognitive, physical, social or age-related challenges.

Our Vision

We strive to embody self-sufficiency and inspire inclusive communities where people of all ages and abilities are empowered to find meaningful employment, live independently and thrive in spirit.

Our Mission

We build independence and an improved quality of life for individuals with cognitive, physical, social or age-related challenges.

Our Vision

We strive to embody self-sufficiency and inspire inclusive communities where people of all ages and abilities are empowered to find meaningful employment, live independently and thrive in spirit.

Empower.
We believe individuals of all ages and abilities can thrive. Understanding that the road to independence differs for each person, our family of programs and services are designed to meet individual needs and goals.
Include.
Some journeys take individuals with disabilities to employment within Lanakila Pacific’s social enterprises. By fostering inclusive spaces where individuals of all ages and abilities can prosper, we show communities what happens when empowerment comes first.
Inspire.
When seniors are connected to both food and their communities, they can envision a life beyond hunger and isolation. When adults with disabilities gain life and job experience, they discover pathways toward achieving their personal and professional goals. Inspiring purpose in someone unleashes countless possibilities.

How We Build Independence

Our History

1939

1939

Violet Kam, a special education teacher, starts a program to help people recuperate from tuberculosis.

1951

Named Lanakila Crafts, the organization sells Hawaiian crafts to support the ongoing rehabilitation program.

1951
1953

1953

The organization expands to include individuals with disabilities, in addition to those recuperating from tuberculosis.

1971

Lanakila Meals on Wheels—then called Honolulu Nutrition Program—begins as a lunch wagon in Aala Park. The new service provides Oahu seniors with opportunities to socialize and enjoy a nutritious lunch.

1971
1972

1972

The organization opens a Wahiawa facility to supply individuals with job training.

1976

1976

Lanakila Crafts changes its name to Lanakila Rehabilitation Center to reflect its many programs supporting individuals on Oahu.

1985

1985

A new kitchen and dining facility opens, expanding the organization’s capacity to feed seniors and community members.

1995

Lanakila Pacific Foundation—then called Lanakila Rehabilitation Center Foundation—is formed.

1995
2008

2008

The organization name is changed to Lanakila Pacific to reflect its growth as an organization.

2014

Lanakila Pacific celebrates its 75th anniversary.

2014
2020

2020

Lanakila Pacific supports the increased need on Oahu for meals and services amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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