Hawaii Literacy

Our mission is that every adult and child in Hawaii will have the chance to learn to read and write.


Since 1971, Hawaii Literacy has worked to ensure adults get a second chance to learn to read and write, help disadvantaged children succeed in school, and train hundreds of literacy volunteers to teach in our communities. We provide books, technology, and tutors so that literacy is no longer a barrier to better jobs, reading as a family, or successfully finishing school.


Hawaii Literacy serves over 3,100 adults and children who struggle with reading and writing in five free and proven programs:

  • Adult Literacy tutoring in reading and writing for English-speaking adults on Oahu, Kauai, or Kona, including at many public library branches
  • English Language Learner classes for adults learning to speak English
  • Family Literacy Libraries offer literacy and after-school education programs for 800 families in Mayor Wright and Kuhio Park public housing
  • Bookmobile & Peer Tutoring project serves youth at 12 sites on the Waianae Coast and a brand-new Bookmobile now serving high-need sites in Honolulu and beyond!
  • Parents Achieving Literacy helps 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!


Volunteer: Share your knowledge and help adults and keiki build lifelong reading skills!

Employee Giving: Does your workplace participate in Aloha United Way’s giving campaign? To support local literacy, use AUW code #96240.

Donate: Year-end or holiday donations support our research- and community-based programs!

Wish List: School supplies (scissors, backpacks, colored pencils, glue, etc.) and program supplies (sandwich bags, paper towels, cleaning materials) are big needs in our work with 2,600 low-income keiki.

Awareness: Did you know 1 in 6 adults in Hawaii struggles to read? Your encouragement to a co-worker, friend, or family member can be the difference! Contact us anytime. We can help!



Brandon Kurisu, President
Upspring Media/AIO Digital

Jason Fujita, Vice-President
Hawaiian Telcom

Jamie Asato, Co-Treasurer
Accuity, LLC

Aaron K. Masuoka, Co-Treasurer

Suzanne Skjold, Secretary
Hawaii Literacy

Board of Directors

Mitchell Ka‘aiali‘i, First Hawaiian Bank

Kevin Katsura, Hawaiian Electric Company

Kara Kitazaki-Chun, HMSA

Sean K. Knox, HiEmployment

Jason Masaki, Direct Support Resources

Doug Shimokawa, PACXA

R. Scott Simon, Simon Leadership Group

Ann Teranishi, American Savings Bank

G. Todd Withy, G. Todd Withy Law Offices

James A. Wong, Zelinsky Company

Executive Director: Suzanne Skjold

Assistant Director: Shayna Yatsushiro

Suzanne Skjold, Executive Director
P: 808-537-6706

E: info@hawaiiliteracy.org




Categories: Hawai‘i Gives Back, Profiles