HONOLULU, HI- Make-A-Wish® Hawaii announced today that Siana Hunt, president and CEO, will depart the organization at the end of this month after more than seven successful years advancing the nonprofit’s mission of granting life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses in the state of Hawaii.
Under Hunt’s leadership, Make-A-Wish Hawaii has grown from a grassroots organization of three to a team of more than 25 staff and 800 volunteers, who together grant more than 100 local wishes across the islands each year. The organization is now among the busiest Make-A-Wish chapters in the world, hosting an additional 1,200 visiting wish families annually. During Hunt’s tenure, the nonprofit has more than quadrupled in revenue and wish granting capacity.
Hunt’s career at Make-A-Wish Hawaii has not only been focused on growing the organization’s reach, but also its sustainability. The organization’s strategic plan is now aimed at increasing medical referrals and strengthening community engagement across all island communities.
With the support of Make-A-Wish America, Make-A-Wish Hawaii has recently begun the search for Hunt’s successor. The organization anticipates naming a new CEO by the start of 2019.
“On behalf of the board, I’d like to express our sincerest thanks to Siana for her invaluable contributions in growing this organization and advancing our mission of granting life-changing wishes to children in Hawaii with critical illnesses,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board Chair Todd Apo. “Siana’s leadership has laid a strong foundation for our organization, and we are confident that she has set into motion a strategic plan that will continue to inspire and guide us moving forward.”
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit hawaii.wish.org.
About Make-A-Wish Hawaii
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit Hawaii.wish.org.