HUGS serves families with children up to the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or disease.

Our nonprofit organization provides comprehensive, long-term support to families, 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.

HUGS is able to provide programs and services free of charge – to the families we serve – thanks to the support of our generous donors

Our organization provides programs designed to improve the quality of life for families as they deal with the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child.

Upcoming Events

Donations help programs aimed at helping local families, including SibCamp, SibShops, families on Kauai, families on Maui, military families, Celebration of Life, Peer to Peer Support and airfare assistance.


Special HUGS to...

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team’s Give It Back Foundation for their generous gift of $10,000 to HUGS. Funds were raised through registration fees for instructional volleyball camps held in 2016 for Hawaii youth. The Give It Back Foundation, co-founded in 2015 by USA Women’s National Volleyball Team members Tamari "Tama" Miyashiro of Hawaii and Courtney Thompson of Washington, aims to lead and empower the next generation of athletes toward healthy competition and generosity. Following the core values of "Lead. Play. Compete!" team members strive to instill the spirit of the Olympics and World Championship within young athletes in their local communities.

"We’re so grateful to the Give It Back Foundation, and especially to Tama Miyashiro, for embracing the HUGS mission," says HUGS Executive Director Joan Naguwa. "This wonderful gift will provide our HUGS families with much-needed support through hospital visits, monthly family events, peer support groups, respite care, and financial assistance," Naguwa added.