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.

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Donations make a range of programs possible, including hospital visits, respite care, fun family events, SibCamp for siblings, peer to peer support, and emergency airfare assistance, directly benefiting local families.

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Special HUGS to...

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Everyone who took the time to nominate HUGS for Servco Foundation's new community grant program. HUGS is thrilled to be selected in the Special Needs category for a $20,000 grant from Servco Foundation! Our heartfelt thanks to HUGS Mom Karen Aetonu for her nomination that tugged at the judges' heartstrings. Here's an excerpt: "My daughter has had leukemia and our family endured almost seven years of treatments and hospitalizations. HUGS offered Mom's Nights and Dad's Nights for us to get away with other parents and share fun, laughter, sorrow and tears. HUGS also offered respite for us to drop off our child for four hours so that we could have a date night to regroup and let out a little stress. It was Kamalani's favorite place to go....I don't know how I would have survived without an organization like HUGS. So many families out there need to meet other families with life-threatening illnesses so that we feel like we are NOT alone and we can be understood by others in the same boat.: