COVID-19 is here.

The arrival of the COVID-19 virus to Hawaiʻi has created a lot of uncertainty in our community about the future. It’s going to take all of us, working together in a coordinated way, to ensure our keiki, kūpuna, and our most vulnerable have what they need during this difficult time. We will get through this together!

There are a variety of needs to be met.

From food access and kūpuna care to supporting keiki and our collective mental health; a pool of resources exists and is ready to be tapped. We’re taking stock of needs so that assistance can be deployed in a thoughtful, coordinated, and strategic way.

AHA is activating a coordinated emergency response.

Activate Hawaiʻi Aid is a concerted effort to bring community together and activate an islandwide network of resilience to help the most vulnerable get the support they need during this public health emergency.

Our first priority? Food access.

Our first focus is to provide food assistance and establish community feeding sites. We want to ensure our keiki are getting ongoing food assistance during the extended school closures, and potentially beyond. The goal is to distribute Keiki Care Packs and Meal Kits, to vulnerable households.


Here's how you can help your community, right now.

The goal of the Community Pulse Survey is to find out who needs assistance and who can kōkua (offer help) during this public health emergency. Completing the survey will help us map out existing food assistance efforts, deploy resources thoughtfully and strategically, and increase public awareness and support.

Hawaiʻi Island residents and organizations—please take a moment to complete the survey if:

  • you need food assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • you or your organization currently provide community feeding services, or
  • you or your organization are willing to support existing efforts or help neighbors in need. 

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The COVID-19 virus has changed how food assistance is deployed.

Since May 15, 2020 our hui has distributed 500 meal bags every Friday throughout Puna. Bags are filled with as many local ingredients as possible as well as recipes to make two family-style meals. 


Learn how you can get a Care Pack for your keiki or help us distribute them to children in need, island wide! Each pack contains approximately $15 worth of items for kids and young teens, including non-perishable food stuffs, curated coloring sheets, activities, resources to help children better understand the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as materials to support parents to engage their keiki and cope with the stresses of living through this pandemic. Follow the links below to learn more or to make a donation. Mahalo for your kōkua!



Our calendar includes community emergency food assistance programs and opportunities to access food—like farmer’s markets—on Hawaiʻi Island during the COVID-19 public health emergency. We’ll be continually updating this calendar as we receive new information. If there are any programs not listed below that you’d like for us to include on the calendar, contact us at aloha@activatehawaiiaid.orgMahalo!

If you are interested in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription or pre-order services, where you can pick up boxes of fresh produce directly from local farmers, please visit the University of Hawaiʻi’s Go Farm Hawaiʻi Website for a list of Hawaiʻi Island CSA programs.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Activate Hawaiʻi Aid, please feel free to drop us a line! If you are doing COVID-19 response work beyond food assistance and would like to collaborate, we’d love to hear from you. Please use the form below to contact us or you may email us directly at aloha@activatehawaiiaid.org.