About Us

Lima Kokua was founded in July, 1962 as the whimsically-named and socially-minded “Like Later Club.” Ken Keen, Burt Rogers, Ron Lopez, Mew Michael, and Al Arnold were the original group of beach-going friends who recognized the needs of various smaller social service groups, and founded the club to raise fund and awareness to make a difference. The “Like Later Club” operated under that name until 1974 when the club was incorporated as Lima Kokua, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Hawaii, reflecting the club’s transformation into a charitable service and an apolitical 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. In July, 2007, our efforts on behalf of Hawai’i’s under-funded and under-appreciated were noted at our 45th anniversary celebration via formal proclamation by former Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona, Jr.

Our financial support comes from a variety of fundraising efforts such as the Great Aloha Fun Run, silent auctions, annual summer cook-offs, the occasional bequest, membership dues, and other creative and easy-going social events. Lima Kokua’s work is on-going as we help support a wide variety of groups and causes, with special attention given to the marginalized and oft-forgotten.

2007 Proclamation
Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr. proclamation.

In addition to assisting with the various causes and concerns, Lima Kokua has given thousands of dollars in educational awards to deserving students through the J. Shelly Lima Kokua Scholarship. These grants are awarded through the Hawaii Community Foundation to promising scholars who plan to major in a human-service discipline at an institution of higher learning in the State of Hawai’i.

Today, the members of Lima Kokua are more united than ever in our commitment to service, and we operate entirely on a volunteer basis with no paid staff. When a member becomes aware of a need, they bring it to the membership for consideration. While a large portion of our work is with established organizations, members are also proud of the work we do quietly and behind the scenes with individuals. The family with nine children whose father was recovering from an injury and didn’t think there was going to be a festive Christmas – but there was when Lima Kokua gently stepped in. Children from needy families with little to look forward to have received surprise Easter or Christmas baskets prepared by our members. Elderly individuals who have slipped through the cracks of governmental bureaucracy and red tape have found new hope because we recognized a need and stepped in to help with food and financial assistance.

Lima Kokua has lent its “helping hands” in support of a wide variety of non-political causes for more than 50 years without consideration to race, religious affiliation, gender, or sexual orientation, and we would be honored to make it through our next 50 years with your help. Please take a moment to look at some of the groups that Lima Kokua has been proud to support over the years, and consider joining our cause.

Alu Like Inc
Alzheimer’s Association
Athletes Helping Kids
American Red Cross
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Brain Injury Association of Hawaii
Child and Family Service
Children’s Day Treatment Center
Christian Children’s Fund
Church of the Crossroads
Cleghorn Kids
Courageous Women Alcoholics
Dignity of Hawaii
Domestic Violence Clearinghouse
Eola Pono
Equality Hawaii Foundation
Ewa Spouse and Child Abuse Center
Family Promise
Farrington HS Journalism Club
Foodland’s Give Aloha Program
Gay and Lesbian Youth Support Project

Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu
Great Aloha Run
Gregory House
Hale Kipa
Hale Ola Abuse Shelter
Hawaii Community Foundation
Hawaii Family Health Center
Hawaii Gay and Lesbian Teen Task Force
HIV Rural Outreach
HomeAid Hawaii
Honolulu Advertiser Christmas Fund
Honolulu Gerontology Organization
Honolulu Men’s Chorus
Hospice for Children
Hospice Hawaii
Hurricane Iwa Relief Fund
Institute for Human Services
Kapiolani Medical Center
Kulia Na Mamo

 

LGBT Legacy Foundation
Leeward Food Bank
Life Foundation
Liliuokalani Childrens Center
Lokahi Tree
Lunaliho Home
Lyon Arboretum
Mahoney Hale
Malama Learning Center
Mental Health America of Hawaii
Mohala Farms
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Multiple Sclerosis society
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Names Project
Out and About Television Program
Pflag Hawai‘i
Rainbow Family 808
The Food Basket
UCC Transition House
Waikiki Health Center (Yo House)