About UsNā Hoaloha is a grass-roots organization promoting social responsibility and advocacy by empowering volunteers to nurture relationships; meeting the needs of Maui County’s kupuna.
Nā Hoaloha provides compassionate care to seniors and those with disabilities to help them to remain independent and to enhance their quality of life.
Nā Hoaloha is a community driven volunteer organization providing services by volunteer in service to others.
The strength of Nā Hoaloha is in its volunteer base and the capacity to serve many participants. All of our services are person-centered with specialized care-planning. We match volunteers with participants to ensure compatibility; resulting in friendships. Since we are a small agency we have the added advantage of flexibility to create innovative programs and services to meet the challenges for Maui County’s older adults and preparing for the future needs of our community.
As a community based organization that serves the aging population, Nā Hoaloha is committed to providing support to kupuna and persons with disabilities that will enable them to live independently and will enhance their quality of life. This is only possible through the devotion and compassion of our team of volunteers. Ranging in age from 16 to 96, volunteers with Nā Hoaloha can find just the right match to meet their schedules, interests and talents. Some are newly retired and want to spend time giving back to their community and others who are still working find it a rewarding change of pace.
A Senior's Independence Depends on You
Nā Hoaloha makes an impact in the community by reaching hundreds of kupuna who might otherwise have to reside in institutional care. Through our dedicated and compassionate volunteers, Maui County seniors have the opportunity to be engaged with others; build friendships; and attend to their basic needs of medical care, shopping for food and medication, adapt their homes to reduce falls, and overall have quality of life.
Nā Hoaloha volunteers provide non-medical services that are not covered under Medicare or Medicaid and are not typically delivered through the long-term care delivery system offered by State and local agencies. The services provided by Nā Hoaloha volunteers save Maui County roughly $800,000 annually; and provide the informal caregiving that makes a difference in the way in which a senior can age in place.
Nā Hoaloha is able to accomplish its mission by the generosity of the Maui County Office on Aging, and the State Executive Office on Aging, Older Americans Act funds, the Hawaii Community Foundation, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Young Brothers, Kent & Polli Smith Foundation, HMSA Foundation, May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, Whole Foods Market, fundraising, and generous donations from our supporters.
In 2014, Nā Hoaloha was selected by Whole Foods Market for their Community Day of Giving and the Feed4 More campaign, participated in the Maui County Fair, and hosted a fundraising dinner/silent auction.
A Senior's Independence Depends on You
Nā Hoaloha – Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (MIVC) was incorporated in 1995 as a 501 (C) (3) with the leadership provided by Sr. Roselani Enomoto, Director of the Catholic Church Office for Social Ministry. The agency began with the Maui County Office on Aging and twenty-one faith-based congregations working together to define how best to serve Maui’s kupuna. Nā Hoaloha’s (Loving Friends) mission in 1995 goes unchanged: “provide compassionate care to seniors 60 and older; and persons with disabilities, to help them remain independent and to enhance their quality of life.” Today, Nā Hoaloha continues its mission of compassion to action to more than 400 seniors throughout Maui County including Hana and the islands of Lana’i, and Moloka’i; exclusively with volunteers in service to others.
Preparing for the Future
Nā Hoaloha is focusing on building organizational capacity that is grounded in our mission and core values of social responsibility, quality services, and heartfelt compassion. We are developing a strategy to go deep and wide in Maui County to better serve our frail population. Our strategies include recruiting more volunteers and developing new and innovative programs.
We are ever mindful that the fastest growing segment of the Maui community is the 85 plus; with a growth of 190% (as compared to 26% nationally). Nā Hoaloha participates in specialized trainings and conducts research to determine priority issues that may negatively impact older adults’ quality of life and threaten their independence. Our services will be even more critical as Maui’s oldest and frailest segment of the population continues to climb. Nā Hoaloha is committed to keeping our kupuna safe and in their own home for as long as possible.
Job Description Executive Director
In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the mission and operations of Na Hoaloha. This position oversees core organizational functions and programs that provide home bound and disabled seniors and their families with volunteer support, transportation services, and connection to resources. Under the ED’s leadership, Na Hoaloha strives to be an integral part of a community-wide effort to enable aging in place and reduce social isolation for kupuna across Maui County.