Community Resources

Living independently is important for many of our island’s kupuna, yet they may require a helping hand every once in a while. Running errands, cleaning the house or preparing a meal can be hard on seniors who are not as mobile as they once were. Na Hoaloha is one organization providing valuable services to Lanai families in need of help.

Na Hoaloha describes itself as “The Little Engine That Could.” Despite struggles with funding and staffing over the years, the organization’s dedicated board of directors and strong volunteer base has allowed it to provide free services to seniors since 1995. Last year alone, volunteers logged more than 60,000 miles, made 6,100 telephone reassurance calls, and donated 28,000 hours of service. Behind these impressive numbers are the lives and families in Maui County touched by hundreds of compassionate volunteers.

Those looking for companionship, a friend to help with light chores, errands, or trips to the grocery store, can call Na Hoaloha for free services. Volunteers are not able to provide medical services, but they can pick up prescriptions or offer a ride to the doctor. Call (808) 249-2545 or visit their website to speak to someone about the type of services you need.

Lanai nonprofits interested in sharing their mission with our community via a listing or article may contact Shara Birbirsa at sebirbirsa@pulamalanai.com.