Nine Hawaii-Based Health-Related Organizations Receive Grant Monies

HONOLULU (July 7, 2016) –The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, as trustee of the Public Health Fund (PHF), provided grants totaling more than $100,000 to Hawaii-based community health organizations in 2015. The grants were provided to the following initiatives:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association – Public awareness campaign
  • Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii – Understanding Healthy Aging Among Chinese Elders in Hawaii program
  • Kahi Mohala Hospital – Healing Forces Partial Hospitalization program
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley – 1st Annual Kalihi Ahupuaa Bike Ride
  • Life Foundation – Stand Up to HIV Campaign
  • Mental Health America of Hawaii – Prevent Bullying campaign
  • Waikiki Health – Next Step to Better Vision, a start-up vision screening program
  • YMCA of Honolulu – Nutrition + Exercise + Weight Management Keiki & Enhance Fitness programs
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Oahu – Water Safety program

Through PHF, the Chamber provides grants to non-profit organizations on Oahu that are implementing meaningful public health education and research projects, with a preference for projects that require collaborative effort and for which funds are not available from other sources.

The PHF was originally created through voluntary assessments in response to the epidemic of bubonic plaque that closed Honolulu Harbor and quarantined part of Honolulu in 1899. The Chamber was, subsequently, appointed trustee of the fund in 1923 and was directed to limit grants to public health activities within the City and County of Honolulu to support health-related programs, projects and services. Assessments were discontinued in 1950 and, since then, grant awards are made through the amount of interest and dividends received from investment of principal.

Since 1985, as the designated steward of PHF, the Chamber has awarded grant monies totaling nearly $3.5 million to non-profits on Oahu. Grants are awarded twice a year with December 15, 2016 as the next deadline for submitting grant applications. Interested applicants can download an application at or email

As the “Voice of Business” in Hawaii, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is the state’s leading advocacy organization. Established in 1850, the Chamber works on behalf of its approximately 1,000 member companies and the business community, as a whole, to advance the state’s economic climate and help businesses succeed. The Chamber supports its members with training, business building and networking opportunities; coordinates advocacy activities for members’ involvement; and serves as a liaison between civilian and military communities in Hawaii. Visit

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