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

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...

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Landis Fusato and Hannah Hiraki, two juniors at Iolani School, for spreading acts of kindness with their “Design for Humankind” eco-friendly, cloth drawstring bags. They came up with 10 different designs, including “Thanks for being you,” “You brighten my day,” “Blessed to know you,” and “Sweet wishes for you.” The bag is the perfect size for a gift card or small gift with the intent for the recipient to pay it forward and pass it on to someone else, creating a ripple effect of kindness. Landis and Hannah sold 1,000 bags during this holiday season at $3 each and donated all of the proceeds -- $3,000 -- to HUGS for Hawaii’s Seriously Ill Children and Their Families. Thank you Hannah and Landis for your enterprising and caring spirit! You're on your way to a bright and successful future.