A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Week 4: Feb. 9-13

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Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

One thing that we enjoy about living in Hawaii is that we not only express love, or aloha, towards our significant others, but also to our extended family and neighbors. Valentine’s Day is a day that encourages us to love one another and reminds us of those who are in need of love as well.  We see this when our Revolution Hawaii team goes out into the depths of Chinatown to feed the hungry and pray for those who are struggling; through our clinical staff at our ATS and FTS who care for those that need our rehabilitation services; and at the Lahaina and Kahului Corps that provide our William Booth Safe Haven program to the homeless.

In the book of John it says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:7-12)

This week, we encourage you to show love to someone in your life who may be going through a rough time or simply needs a hug. We know that the simplest things in life to us can mean the world to someone else. Let’s go out and continue to do the most good as we are reminded of God’s love for us all.

Mahalo and God bless you,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Week 3: Feb. 2 – 6ADHS3

Our Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) participant, Neff, is definitely a charmer! He enjoys the social activities that The Salvation Army ADHS provides every day.

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘ohana,

Did you know that we were able to help more than 117,000 people in 2014? It’s all because of supporters like you! Last week, we finished our 2014 Annual Report. We featured Melanee (see her photo in our last post) and her incredible journey from battling a drug addiction to becoming a hardworking, successful and ambitious mother. This is just one of many stories we have at The Salvation Army. In our 2014 Annual Report, you will also see where your money goes when you donate. Take a look at our digital booklet here to see how your support makes a difference.

We are also excited to launch our Partners in Community Service (PICS) Gala! Themed “Vintage Hawaii,”our gala will honor four key supporters of The Salvation Army in Hawaii and funds raised will go to support our Pathway of Hope Initiative. We hope you’ll consider joining us on Friday, May 1 on The Great Lawn of our Family Treatment Services Campus. Click here for more details and stay tuned for our announcement of honorees in the weeks to come!


Our Kroc Center is now holding art classes for keiki. 

One of the events that many of our staff are looking forward to is The Kroc Center Hero Run on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Find your inner hero and join us for our Kroc 5K Hero Run. Make it a fun-filled day for the whole family and come dressed as your favorite hero. There will also be a 1K Keiki race just for our youngest heroes, ages 14 and under. The race course is flat and uses the road surrounding Kroc Center Hawaii. Enjoy prizes, food and entertainment following the race. All proceeds benefit Kroc Center Hawaii’s Scholarship Program.

2015 is off to a great start!

Have a great week and God bless,

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Majors John & Lani Chamness

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders


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Melanee, pictured here with her daughter Azure, is one of the clients that found hope through our Family Treatment Services. She is now a part-time massage therapist, sells real estate and is working on a second degree. 

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

It’s hard to believe that January is coming to an end. We are excited in moving forward to continue our success in 2015. It is perfect timing, as we are having distinguished leadership from our Territorial Headquarters visit this week to review and make recommendations on areas of growth, see how we capitalize on our strengths, and build on opportunities for the year.

Here are a few highlights this week:

· Improvement in 2014: Increased outreach to the homeless through our Revolution Hawaii program that invites adults ages 18 to 29 to help homeless individuals and families through providing basic necessities and the word of God.

· Strengths: Thanks to our staff, we provide excellent recovery programs, growing corps and a growing list of supporters (donors and volunteers like you!).

· Opportunities for Growth: One of our major goals this year is to further develop our Pathway of Hope initiative. We already have families that are on their way out of poverty through finding stable jobs, safe housing and a supportive community. We want to be able to offer more services to more people who are in need of hope in Hawaii.

The list of opportunities are endless and we are constantly looking for ways to increase our services to those in most need. Both Lani and I welcome your suggestions and covet your prayers as we continue to lead our Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division throughout the year.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Week 1: Jan 19 – 23

Major Lani and I hope that all of you were able to spend time with your loved ones over the holidays. Mahalo Nui Loa to ALL of you and your service to the community  through Thanksgiving, Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, Fill the Truck,Live Nativity and the Red Kettle Campaign. We would not be able to reach our goals and start the new year strong without your help!

With  the  New  Year comes new ideas and hopes to build a stronger sense of community throughout our Division as we continue to strive to be of service to  those  who  are in most need. Each week, we will share with you some of the  upcoming events and latest news from our Divisional Headquarters. This will be an ongoing process and we look forward to hearing your feedback on how to best develop this means of communication.

2015  is  a  chance for us to reflect on the impact that The Salvation Army made  on  over  117,000  lives  throughout  the Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. Jeremiah  29:11  says,  “For  I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,  plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a  future.” One of the most powerful things we can offer those we serve is the  opportunity  for  a bright future and hope. With hope comes education, stable  jobs  and  recovery  for  families  that have endured hardship. The Salvation Army is prepared  to  arm these individuals with the tools and resources they need to become sufficient.

This year, we are excited to publicly launch our Pathway of Hope initiative and will keep you posted on further announcements via this blog. You’ll also  see how the work that you do on a daily basis fuels a movement within our Corps and Programs that will change lives in 2015.

Lani and I are deeply grateful for your service alongside of us and we look forward  to your continued partnership to support our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Jason P. Lester completes 72-hour run with 216 miles and money for presents for keiki this Christmas

On Friday, our Divisional Leader, Major John Chamness, was able to run a few miles with ultra-endurance athlete Jason P. Lester to raise money for presents for keiki this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program in Kona. 


And this Sunday morning…Jason is finally pau! 72 hours later, 216+ miles, and hundreds of lives changed. 


Mahalo to Jason Lester for showing dedication, perseverance, and love to our keiki in most need this Christmas Season!

A 72-hour run for keiki Christmas gifts

Instead of a mad dash for the latest holiday sale, one Kona man challenged to himself and others to run for a good cause: to bring every keiki in need a gift for Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Endurance athlete and 2009 ESPY Award Winner Jason P. Lester will run for 72 hours straight to raise awareness for children in need in his community and raise money to buy them gifts for Christmas. 

His challenge begins tomorrow morning (Dec. 11) at 8 a.m. at the Loloku Street and Ha’a intersection in Kailua-Kona. “For every mile I run, I would like to provide a gift to a child for Christmas,” said Lester. For those who prefer to donate cash, Lester will have The Salvation Army’s red kettle on hand. 


Lester shares his reason for running to give back to kids in Kona, he is inspired to run in honor of his dear friend Kaleo Opiopio, who lost his fight to cancer.

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands would like to thank Mr. Jason P. Lester for his big heart and courage to take on this huge challenge to raise awareness about the families that are not able to buy their children Christmas presents this year. 

Clear vision for those on their way to sobriety

Gerald, John Lee, Jr., Jaime and Richard are all clients at The Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center. 

It has been ten years since 52-year-old John Lee, Jr. had an eye exam. It was never really one of his priorities. Today LensCrafters provided free eye exams and glasses for Lee and his friends at The Salvation Army (TSA) Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in addition to other TSA programs such as the TSA Adult Treatment Services and the TSA Family Treatment Services. It is a charitable program, called OneSight, that provides vision care through LensCrafters for those who cannot afford it.


Jaime and Lee pick new frames. 

For Lee, getting new glasses is a privilege. “We’re pretty lucky, yeah,” he tells one of his friends from ARC, “we get to pick what we want and it’s free.” Lee is four months into Phase 1 of the rehabilitation program. He struggles with an addiction to crystal meth and says his family left him.  His wife and 10-year-old daughter now live in Oregon, where he keeps in touch with them through Facebook.  “I have a plan, “ Lee says as he scans the bins full of frame samples, “once I graduate from the second phase of the program, I will go back to school, find a job and see my daughter after she graduates from high school.”

For Lee and his friends, Gerald, Richard and Jaime, receiving an eye exam and getting new glasses is all part of the rehabilitation process. They’re learning how to live healthy, take care of themselves and move onto better things. “Having an eye exam every year is so important because it can detect so many different things about your health, there are things that could be going on internally that you would never know unless you got an eye exam,” said LensCrafters Pearlridge General Manager, Holly Finley. “Today we are helping 61 people…through our One Sight program, we feel it’s important to make sure that vision care is taken care of for everyone.”

Mahalo to LensCrafters’ OneSight program for providing our clients with eye exams and glasses!

Share your #RedKettleReason

Donating or volunteering can be life-changing. #RedKettleReason is our holiday campaign that encourages others to not only give but share their reason for helping others. Here we will post photos of those who share their reason for helping Hawaii’s families in need through The Salvation Army. What is your #RedKettleReason?

Here are a few of our favorites from our Red Kettle Kickoff:

American Savings Bank CEO Richard Wacker shares that he gives back because we are all part of ONE BIG COMMUNITY. 

Tracy Taylor from First Hawaiian Bank rings her bell and donates to The Salvation Army because giving back MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Bank of Hawaii’s Director of Human Resources Jean Hamakawa simply says: IT FEELS GOOD to give back!

To see more of the #RedKettleReason(s) we snapped on the street, visit our Facebook page