Hawaii Children’s Action Network

To build a unified voice for Hawai‘i’s children, ensuring that all keiki are healthy, safe and ready to learn.


Hale Kipa provides opportunities and environments that strengthen and encourage youth, their families and communities to actualize their potential and social responsibility.


Founded in 1997, Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network is creating a grassroots movement to fight for our keiki. The overall well-being of Hawai‘i’s children ranks 24th in the nation.  HCAN strives to give every child a chance to realize their full potential by:

  • Advocating for smart policies and investments that address
  • the root causes of poverty and inequity
  • Building and strengthening coalitions among
  • community stakeholders
  • Training and mobilizing community advocates
  • Developing and analyzing data and research
  • Creating strategic partnerships with businesses and
  • philanthropic organizations


Our grassroots movement depends on superheroes like you. Invest in Hawai‘i’s children by donating online or through Aloha United Way (#72440), volunteering, or joining our coalitions. 

Visit www.hawaii-can.org for the latest opportunities. Mahalo!


Deborah Zsyman, Executive Director
and Board Vice President

Board of Directors

Erica Yamauchi, President

Dean Wong, Vice President

Tracy Nakashima, Treasurer

David Randall, Secretary

David Gaudi Jr.

Ryan Gomes

Travis Hong, M.D.

Nick Kacprowski

David Okumura

Cathy Ross

Sione Thompson

Daphne Tong-Pave

Advisory Council

Former State Sen. Susie Chun Oakland

Dee Jay Mailer

Jeff Watanabe

Lynn Watanabe

Senior Leadership

Kathleen Algire, Director of Public Policy and Research

Ryan Catalani, Director of Advancement

Laura Nevitt, Director of Community Engagement and Training


P: 808-531-5502


Facebook: @hcan.hi

Twitter & Instagram: @hcan_hi

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