About Us

(l-r) Bill Smith (guest), Mew Michael, and Al Arnold (c. 1967)

Lima Kokua was founded on July 29, 1962, less than three years after statehood, 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, brunch-munching, hangover-sympathizing friends, among others, who recognized the needs of malnourished and impoverished children in and around the United States and the Pacific Rim. They founded the club to raise funds and awareness, and to make a difference. They were also keenly aware of the need for, and sought to create, a safe social space for their larger group of friends, at a time when their sexual and gender identities were considered “deviant” by the larger society. The “Like Later Club” operated under that name until 1974 when the club was incorporated as Lima Kokua, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation in the State of Hawaii. 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 of then-Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor James “Duke” Aiona, Jr.

Originally, the group focused on sponsoring children through national organizations such as the Salvation Army Home School for the Blind in Jamaica, and the Pearl S. Buck Foundation which worked with children throughout Asia and the Pacific. In those early years, 37 children in various countries were sponsored by Lima Kokua. Subsequently, the members decided to focus the energies of the group on causes within the State of Hawaii, and to broaden our scope to include the needs of families and the elderly, as well.

(l-r) Burt Rogers and Ken Keen (c. 1967)

Today, our members of are more united than ever in our commitment to service. 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, behind the scenes, with individuals. Lima Kokua salutes 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 we gently stepped in. Children and struggling families have received surprise Easter or Christmas baskets prepared by our members. Elderly individuals who have slipped through the cracks of government bureaucracy and red tape have found new hope because we recognized a need and stepped in to help with food and financial assistance.

The work of Lima Kokua is on-going, and our financial support comes from a variety of fundraising efforts such as the Great Aloha Fun Run, silent auctions, annual summer cook-offs, occasional bequests, membership dues, and other creative and easy-going social events. We have lent our helping hands in support of a wide variety of non-political causes for more than 50 years, without consideration to gender, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, 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 just some of the groups that Lima Kokua has been proud to support over the years, and consider contributing to our cause.

Lima Kokua, Inc. operates entirely on a volunteer basis, with no paid staff.

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)