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Our History

In 1982, Make-A-Wish planted its roots in our islands. We were initially founded to host the wishes of children visiting Hawaii.

Hawaii insurance executive Jack Stanford incorporated our organization as the 13th chapter. Back then, board members fulfilled every aspect of these travel wishes and met wish children at the airport, hosted them at their homes and gave personal tours of the island. Our chapter was truly built on the spirit of Aloha.

First WishIn 1984, we granted our first local wish to a 10-year-old Hilo boy who wished to go to Disneyland. This was the start of something truly transformational in our community.

Hawaii founder Jack Stanford would go on to become the first CEO of Make-A-Wish® America.  

Today ...

We stand as a truly unique chapter focused on granting the wishes of local keiki statewide while fulfilling our roots of hosting visiting wish families. We have proudly expanded to a staff of 30 with an army of 400 volunteers spanning all islands, and we partner with 200 local businesses, tour activity companies and hotels to welcome more than 1,000 "wishes to see Hawaii" per year. 

Roman , 3


I wish to go on a Disney Cruise

All Aboard! Roman Cruises at Sea

Ryder , 8


I wish to have a backyard oasis

Ryder's Backyard Oasis

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Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805
(808) 537-3118 x100