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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

A Message from our Divisional Leaders

Week 13: Apr. 13-17

Aloha to our Salvation Army ‘Ohana,

It is National Volunteer Week! We are so excited to honor our volunteers and say a big MAHALO for investing their time and energy into furthering our mission of “Doing the Most Good” in the Hawaiian & Pacific Islands.

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We cannot express how important volunteers are to The Salvation Army. Volunteers are the army behind the Army, we could not serve more than 117,000 people each year without the help and support of those who collect canned goods for our food pantry, ask for donations during the holidays and those who choose to be on the front lines helping those who are without homes or food. Our volunteers have big hearts and passion for helping others in the community.

For those of you who would like to become a volunteer at The Salvation Army, register here.

No Army is complete without volunteers. Mahalo for enlisting. #NationalVolunteerWeek

Last weekend, we were able to join more than 100 women at the 2015 Women’s Ministries Camp for their retreat titled “Just Breath.” Women from O‘ahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawai‘i Island and Moloka‘i attended the spiritual retreat featuring workshops on crafts, journaling and self-improvement. Read more here.

Mahalo and God Bless,

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Majors John and Lani Chamness

“Just Breathe” – Women’s Ministries Camp offers local women a chance to relax and revitalize in the grace of God


More than 100 women from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Molokai attended the 2015 Women’s Ministries Camp. Themed “Just Breathe,” the spiritual retreat guided women through workshops, worship and fellowship – all geared towards learning how to love and care for themselves.


The retreat lasted three days and featured a workshops featuring crafts, home decorating, journaling, and self-improvement. The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Divisional Leader, Major Lani Chamness, and Divisional Women’s Ministries Secretary, Major Vicki Gilden, spearheaded the retreat with inspiring talks and treated the ladies to a special seafood dinner. “This spiritual retreat is to uplift these women who work hard, have been through many hard times, and don’t have the time to treat themselves throughout the year,” said Major Gilden.


Major Gilden shared some of her secret make-up tricks for the Christian woman, removing impurities such as anger and frustration, replacing it with a light blush of forgiveness and strength. “I was saved at Women’s Camp. Right here at Camp Homelani,” said Major Gilden. “I found my calling to officership and serve God through The Salvation Army. I know the women will benefit from the workshops we have and hope they enjoy the opportunity we provide to relax and enjoy God’s presence.”


See more photos in the gallery below:

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Do the Most Good while you shop!

Here are some ways you can support The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division while you shop online and at various stores!



  1. Click the graphic on the left.
  2. Sign in or register.
  3. Once you complete your check out, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.




  1. Click the graphic on the left to sign up.
  2. Select Charity/School and enter our ID number: 114017863 (It should show up as The Salvation Army Hawaiian Islands)
  3. Register your debit/credit card and phone number.
  4. Shop at any of the participating merchants and support our organization at the same time!

Participating merchants may list how much of your purchase will go to The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. For example, will donate 4.8% of your purchase to our organization. (eScrip also provides deals and savings for various merchants such as Macy’s, Amazon, and Safeway.)

A Message from Our Divisional Leaders


Week 12: Apr. 6-10



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Aloha to our Salvation Army ohana,

Last week, residents of Chuuk were severely impacted by the recent Typhoon Maysak. Our division operates two facilities on the island, including the Chuuk Corps in Weno and an Outpost in Wichap.

According to the last update received from our Chuuk Corps officers, they sheltered and fed a number of men, women and children at the Corps facilities during the typhoon. A second storm crossed over the island on Saturday evening April 4th with little or no warning, while The Salvation Army provided shelter in their Corps building.

Our Chuuk Corps report that the island has been devastated with nearly all crops destroyed, with many homes and water tanks in ruins. The Federated States of Micronesia communication office stated in an April 2 news release that 80% of local food sources have been badly affected and fears that people will face starvation if they do not receive aid soon. 830 homes have been destroyed, forcing nearly 7,000 people to find shelter at schools or with relatives. Sadly, five people were killed during this storm.

Power is still out island wide and officials are focusing on restoring power to the hospital and government buildings first.

Additionally, our Guam Corps is coordinating local donations there to help fill a 40-foot shipping container with relief supplies including food, clothing, and building supplies as their basic needs are great.

We humbly ask for your prayers and donations to help those who have been impacted by Typhoon Maysak. Please support the relief efforts at our Chuuk Corps and Wichap Outpost for the Chuuk residents by donating HERE. 100% of your donation will go to our relief efforts in Chuuk.

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This past weekend we were happy to be a part of the Hoppy Easter Event at the Salt Lake Shopping Center on Saturday. We entertained keiki with games, pony rides, and activities. Mahalo to those who volunteered to help us collect 469 canned goods and $610 for our programs and services to those in need. You can view photos from the event HERE.

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The Salvation Army will be holding a Women’s Ministries Retreat this weekend at Camp Homelani in Waialua. More than 100 women from our Corps on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Kauai, and Moloka‘i and a few from our treatment centers will attend this spiritual retreat designed to provide valuable workshops, bible study, fellowship, and more. Themed “Just Breathe,” these ladies will focus on breathing in God’s presence, relaxation, rejuvenation, and celebrate years of sobriety for those who have overcome addiction.

We will continue to update you on everything happening in our division. We are so very grateful for your loyal support of The Salvation Army and those we serve.


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Majors John and Lani Chamness

Typhoon Maysak destroys homes in Chuuk

UPDATE (4/2/15):

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division is working with the Guam Corps to gather items and resources to ship to Chuuk. For our Guam supporters: items needed in Chuuk are bedding, linens, rice, noodles (ramen), water, canned goods, flashlights, batteries, first aid kits, chainsaws, tarps and rope. More information regarding the collection of donated items will be posted once available.

Hawaii and Guam residents that would like to contribute immediately may donate to our Chuuk typhoon relief page here. 100% of donations will go towards relief efforts.

Kinisou, Si Yu’us Ma’ase and Mahalo,

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division


UPDATE (4/1/15)


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The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division is working to assist families in Chuuk who have lost their homes to the devastating Typhoon Maysak yesterday. Our Chuuk officers were able to provide food, water and shelter to about 50 people starting Sunday evening. They anticipated twice that number by the time the typhoon hit. At least five people have died during the storm and families are trying to salvage their belongings from what is left of their homes.


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 As of today, the typhoon has just hit Yap and is on track to reach the Philippines. We will provide more information as it becomes available. Until then, we have set up a disaster relief fund for Chuuk. We humbly ask for your prayers and donations to help those affected by Typhoon Maysak. 100% of funds raised will go to relief efforts in Chuuk. Donate here.