Hawaiʻi’s businesses are generous.
The 76 organizations in the latest list of Hawai‘i’s Most Charitable Companies gave a total of $162 million in cash and in-kind donations in 2018.
Those donations are essential to the survival of Hawai‘i’s nonprofits and the vital work they do. But there are other forms of giving and public service by local businesses that are harder to quantify. Hawai‘i Island-based Kaimana Jerky, for example, provides jobs to ex-convicts and former substance abusers. Both Princeville Ranch on Kaua‘i and Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui teach students about agriculture to inspire the next generation of farmers. KTA Super Stores executives and employees serve meals to the homeless, assist at United Way events, work at the local food bank and mentor foster children in their Hawai‘i Island communities.