Hawaii Literacy


Hawaii Literacy is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1971. Our mission is that every adult and child in Hawaii will have the chance to learn to read and write! Greater literacy builds stronger families and communities. Our programs help disadvantaged children succeed in school, give adults a second chance to learn to read and write, and train hundreds of literacy volunteers to teach in our communities. We provide books, technology, mentors, and the skills needed to successfully reach life goals like getting a decent job, finishing school, or helping your own children. Please join us!


Hawaii Literacy serves over 3,100 adults and children who struggle with reading and writing each year. We offer five free and proven programs:

• Adult Literacy tutoring in reading and writing for any English-speaking adult on Oahu, Kauai or Kona

• English Language Learner classes for adults learning to speak English

• Family Literacy Libraries that offer literacy and after-school education programs for 800 families in Mayor Wright and Kuhio Park public housing

• Bookmobile & Peer Tutoring project that serve youth at 13 high-need sites on the Wai‘anae Coast

• Parents Achieving Literacy to help parents support their own children in becoming readers, even when they are not confident readers themselves.

Visit hawaiiliteracy.org to see how you can help!


• Give the gift of literacy as a volunteer or tutor. Help local adults and keiki build reading skills! Work with youth at our Kalihi or Waianae sites, or tutor an adult on Oahu, Kauai, or in Kona.

• Does your company participate in Aloha United Way’s Employee Giving Campaign? Consider making a donation directly to help our literacy programs! Our AUW code is #97240.

• We depend on generous individuals and companies who want to increase literacy in Hawaii and support this mission with year-end or holiday donations. Please consider us for your year-end giving and help change someone’s life!

• Our free literacy programs serve 2,600 low-income youth a year. We always need new school supplies (backpacks, crayons, markers, scissors, mini staplers, pencil sharpeners…), which keiki can earn all year by reading challenging books!

• With daily programs serving thousands of kids, we always need operational supplies for our Family Libraries, Bookmobile, and program sites. Practical supplies like paper towels, sandwich bags, toilet paper, and cleaning materials are used daily!

• Did you know 1 in 6 adults in Hawaii struggles with reading? Is it someone you know? Your encouragement to a co-worker, friend, or family member can be the difference! Encourage them to call us. We can help.



Suzanne Skjold Executive Director

Shayna Yatsushiro Assistant Director


Brandon Kurisu President

Jason FujitaVice-President

Aaron K. Masuoka Co-Treasurer

Gayle S. TasakaCo-Treasurer


Jamie Asato

Mitchell Ka‘aiali‘i

Sean K. Knox

Jason Masaki

Ashlee Matsui

R. Scott Simon

G. Todd Withy

James A. Wong

Hawaii Literacy