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Welcome to The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division blog! Here we feature stories, messages from our Divisional Leaders and photos from our programs. We will also share event information and volunteer opportunities. If you'd like to contribute to our mission and see more stories, please donate here.

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

We are excited to announce the Donut Flavor Challenge! In celebration of National Donut Day on June 5, we’d like to invite creative minds to come up with a new, tasty donut flavor. Regal Bakery will select the winner on June 1 and award him or her free donuts for a year! Click here to view contest rules. Deadline to enter is on June 1.


We are blessed to have generous partners on National Donut Day. Did you know that The Salvation Army played a significant role in the nation’s donut history? The donut began on the battlefields during World War I. The Salvation Army sent donut lassies to provide services, feed, and comfort the front line fighting soldiers. Today, the donut is a symbol of The Salvation Army’s concern and readiness to serve in times of need.


Our bakery partners will also be serving free donuts! Stop by any Regal Bakery location on Oahu, Krispy Kreme on Maui, or Daylight Donuts on Kauai to get your free donut! Click here for a complete list of locations. A portion of sales from National Donut Day will go to support The Salvation Army.

Please celebrate this special day with us by marking your calendars for National Donut Day and participating in the Donut Flavor Challenge!

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

National Donut Day is on June 5! Take the Donut Flavor Challenge!

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘ohana,

We’d like to invite you to celebrate National Donut Day with us on June 5!

The following bakeries will be handing out free donuts:

  • On Oahu – Regal Bakery
  • On Maui – Krispy Kreme
  • On Kauai – Daylight Donuts


We also invite you to participate in Regal Bakery’s Donut Flavor Challenge! 

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We challenge all creative food enthusiasts to create your own donut flavor that Regal will serve on National Donut Day!

Here’s how you enter:

  1. Upload your creative donut photo to Instagram and a short description of your idea or ingredients.
  2. Follow @SalArmyHi and tag #HawaiiDonutDay


Ingredients should be “shelf-stable,” meaning they don’t need to be refrigerated and must not include peanuts.

Visit our website on June 1 to see who won free donuts for a year!

2015 Encore – Divisional Competition


Vocal soloist Brynne Begonia sang two songs, earning her spot for the Territorial Encore Competition.

On Saturday, May 9, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division held their second youth music and performance competition at the Kroc Center in Kapolei.

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For the Singing Company category, our Kroc, Kauluwela, and Hilo Corps competed for a spot in the Territorial Encore Competition. Our Kauluwela Mission Corps received the most points and will advance onto the Territorial competition on June 13 in Pasadena. A total of ten singers and their chaperones, two adult helpers and the song leader will be going to Pasadena and plan to raise $5,000 for their airfare, food, accommodations, and conference fees. “The kids in our corps are so excited. This is such a special opportunity for them to travel and see different Singing Companies across the Territory,” said Janniese Mulch, one of the helpers and also a Divisional Headquarters employee. “We’re hoping we can raise enough money for the entire group to compete.”


The Kaneohe Corps graced the audience with a beautiful hula.


“Our halau is so proud to be here and represent our corps,” said Major Florence Rodriguera of the Kaneohe Corps.


Among the performance acts was the talented Hilo Corps Timbral Group.


Mahalo to all of our Singing Companies, soloists and performers! You all represent the beauty in the Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. 

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

It is National Salvation Army Week! We are thankful for this opportunity to recognize and honor our supporters who give their time and talents to The Salvation Army each year and enable critical services to communities, families, and individuals in need.


We are thrilled to announce that we have raised more than $200,000 through our 2015 Partners in Community Service Gala! The majority of the monies raised will go towards our Pathway of Hope initiative. In addition, 41 keiki will receive scholarships to attend our Camp Homelani during the summer and a portion of the funds raised at PICS will go to our Family Treatment Services program.

Your monetary donations and volunteerism has a huge impact on the way we Do The Most Good each day!


This past Saturday, our Hilo, Kauluwela, and Kroc Corps choirs blessed us with such heavenly music at The Salvation Army’s 2015 Encore Competition here on O‘ahu. In addition to the choirs, talented soloists and our Kaneohe hula halau performed for a spot in the Territorial Encore Competition. We’d like to congratulate our Kauluwela Mission Corps for winning the choir competition!

Last but not least, we’d like to send our prayers to all of the mothers in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Mothers sacrifice so much for their children and dedicate hours of their day to taking care of them. Whether you’re married, single, expecting, a mother of five, an auntie, working, or a stay-at-home mom, we honor you for the unconditional love you give to your children.

God bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

It’s National Salvation Army Week!


Evangeline Booth, one of the early commanders in The Salvation Army, visits The Hawaiian Islands in 1921.

Today, we kick off our 62nd annual National Salvation Army Week. Each year, this week serves as an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, donors and program beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States for 135 years and 121 years in the Hawaiian Islands.

This week is typically observed in the second week of May and was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S.

In his speech, President Eisenhower noted,

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

We’re thankful for this opportunity to recognize the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and talents to The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division each year and help us “Do The Most Good” for those in need!

Mahalo to all of our amazing supporters!


UPDATE: Chuuk Corps receives container from Guam


Volunteers in Guam help to load the 20-foot container provided by Matson.

The Salvation Army Chuuk Corps received a 20-foot container from Guam on Friday, May 1. Thanks to our community partners in Guam and Hawaii, our Guam Corps Officers, Captains Michael and Kelley Lutcher, were able to send much needed supplies to those affected by Typhoon Maysak last month. Our Chuuk Corps Officers, Majors Jaime and Lilia Macayana will distribute the food and water to families in need and help the community rebuild their homes with the building materials provided.

We’d like to thank Home Depot, Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, Bayview Guam Hotel, TropicWear, our volunteers at Pacific Islands University and Anderson Air Force Base.


Home Depot provided $1,500 worth of emergency disaster relief supplies and donating a $500 pallet of water.

First aid kits, building materials, tarp, extension cords, etc. are all items that the families need to rebuild their homes.

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The Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort provided clothing bedding, canned food, and 55 cases of water.


The Bayview Hotel Guam provided 14 boxes of clothing, bedding, and canned food.


Tropic Wear provided 15 boxes of clothing.

For our donors in Hawaii, Mahalo for your generous monetary donations, which have helped us purchase more supplies in Guam and finance the shipping of the container to Chuuk.


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We would like to say Mahalo to our Maile Title Sponsor McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii, our Ilima Sponsor Pacific Business News, Pikake Sponsors Central Pacific Bank and Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, and all of our Ginger Sponsors for making such a big impact on our programs and services.

We would also like thank our hardworking staff and volunteers that have so graciously donated hours of their time to help us make this event successful. We appreciate the hard work and passion that you bring to The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division.

The funds donated will go to our new Pathway of Hope initiative that will help families break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and drug addiction. Learn more about the Pathway of Hope here.

Photos from our event are coming soon!



We are sending prayers to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal that has taken the lives of thousands. To directly support relief efforts in Nepal, click here.

The Salvation Army launches “Pathway of Hope” in Hawaii

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The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced the launch of “Pathway of Hope,” a new statewide initiative designed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, homelessness and drug addiction for individuals and families.


“We aim to bring lasting changes to participant’s lives by focusing on three pillars of change: jobs; housing; and a new community of support and accountability,” said Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “Research indicates that an addicted or homeless person’s ability to make lasting changes in their lives is greatly enhanced by providing services that focus on removing barriers for these three pillars.“


 Majors John and Lani Chamness and Lieutenant Shawn Keoho explain The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative.

“Our experience shows us that families and individuals often face a repeating cycle of recidivism – where they move from crisis to crisis and remain vulnerable. By successfully offering a targeted set of services, rooted in strengths-based case management, we will help more families and individuals truly break the cycle of crisis and achieve stability.”

A professional team of case managers, with varying backgrounds and expertise similar to life coaches, will guide clients through a process of change that will focus on possibilities rather than problems. They will assist clients with identifying and finding solutions to the barriers that get in their way, such as: lack of job experience; bad employment history; legal issues; lack of housing; unhealthy friends; financial problems; mental health issues; feeling hopeless, etc. In doing so, clients will find jobs, pay rent, and find support and accountability, as they move forward through the process.

Major Chamness continued, “I’m reminded of the old Chinese proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’ Pathway of Hope is designed to partner with and work alongside clients, not to do the work for them. The goal is to help the individual get to a place of independence and sufficiency for a lifetime.”

Pathway of Hope is initially being offered to existing clients who are selected as they transition from The Salvation Army’s addiction programs on Oahu including Family Treatment Services, Addiction Treatment Services and Adult Rehabilitation Center. Several case managers have already been hired and a small number of clients are now participating in Pathway of Hope. The goal is to have 50 families and individuals participating in the initiative within the first year.

Pathway of Hope is a separate initiative from The Salvation Army’s addiction programs in Hawaii including Family Treatment Services, Adult Treatment Services and Adult Rehabilitation Center. Those programs will continue, as will all other community outreach programs statewide.

Pathway of Hope will work in tandem with the other programs, providing services as part of an effective continuum of care and support. The Salvation Army is considering developing clean- and-sober living houses where clients could reside while receiving Pathway of Hope services. Those plans will be reviewed and solidified in the coming months.

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The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope staff


Major Chamness continued, “We also know, The Salvation Army can’t do this alone. We need help from business owners to provide jobs, from property managers, landlords and developers to provide housing, and support from communities, businesses and individuals throughout Hawaii.”

“Our staff and Board of Advisors have been working on this program for two years and donors have stepped up and invested $200,000 to get the program to this initial stage. Ideally, we will need another $300,000 to operate it for the remainder of 2015. Our goal is to raise $1 million each year to sustain the program. It is a staff-intensive, holistic approach initiative, one where donations are raised to build human capital rather than building capital.”

To help support Pathway of Hope, please contact The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division at 808-988-2136 or visit