Issues We Care About

HawaiiKidsCAN Action Fund is led by four guiding principles. By centering our work around these principles, we believe we can create a better future for Hawaii’s students.


The world around us is changing. We must embrace the challenge of providing our children with an education that keeps up with the world. We also know that no two kids are the same. New breakthroughs in teaching, learning and technology will allow us to personalize each student’s learning experience. These innovations can help all our students get the education they need to thrive.


We live in a global economy where speaking many languages opens up a world of possibilities. Our students are already rich in language. They speak Ilokano, Chuu-kese, Marshallese, Tagalog, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese or Hawaiian at home. The incredible language diversity of our local families can provide our students with unparalleled advantages in this new world.


Education is more than a tool for advancement, it is the beating heart of our diverse communities. It has the potential to preserve the unique strengths that make us proud to call these islands home. By involving the full diversity of schools in this civic effort, we can provide students with the rigorous and culturally relevant learning experiences they deserve.


The bar for excellence in education keeps rising. We must embrace this challenge to ensure that our kids thrive in this changing world. The first step forward is believing that all students can reach the bar we set for them. By aiming high, we can ensure that excellence is woven through all our educational endeavors.