HUGS supports families with a child up to age 21 who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or disease.

Our nonprofit organization provides comprehensive, long-term support to Hawaii families and each member of the family, helping them on their journey of caring for a seriously ill child, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Our Mission

To strengthen Hawaii’s families and improve their quality of life as they face the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child.

Programs and services are available to families without charge because of the support of our generous donors.

HUGS offers programs to alleviate the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child, while providing opportunities for families to come together in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Upcoming Events

Hugs4HUGS donations, Oct. 7-Nov. 27, 2018, will have double the impact in providing needed services for Hawaii families living with childhood illness. Services include hospital visits, respite care, family events, peer-to-peer support, emergency airfare assistance, and more. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

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Special HUGS to...


Brett and Dee Thomas and friends for making the 15th Annual Surf4HUGS extra special for our HUGS kids and their families, with each family receiving a surfboard signed by Surfing World Champion John John Florence, who made a special appearance. It was a perfect summer day at Kuhio Beach as volunteer surfers took our HUGS kids surfing, many for the first time. The Thomases organized the first Surf4HUGS in 2004 as a way to teach their then-teenage children Torrey and Leila how to give back to the community.

Special thanks to Rainbow Drive-In, Koa Board Sports, Sobel Westex, Lee Ellis, Ted Coons, Bank of Hawaii, Orion Barels, the volunteer surfers, Hawaiian Airlines-Airport Operations, Banana Republic-International Market Place, and C.S. Wo & Sons for making it an amazing day to remember.