Ready to Learn: 2015-2016 School Supply Program Begins

The Ready to Learn (R2L) program focuses on the needs of school-aged students from grades K to 12. Initially founded in 1999 in partnership with the late U.S. Senator Daniel and Maggie Inouye, its purpose is to ensure that low-income and homeless students throughout Hawai‘i have basic school supplies for their education. In 2005, HHH assumed statewide administration of this initiative and has continued to perpetuate the Inouyes’ vision. Together with our community partners, HHH assists more than 8,000 students each year.

The community is encouraged to support this effort by collecting monetary gifts and school supply donations through fundraising efforts within their own network. By serving as a collection point for your group, individuals can contribute to the overall effort to promote the importance of education for our keiki.

HHH accepts monetary donations through the PayPal link on our website. All PayPal donations received from 6/1/15 – 7/31/15 are reserved to support R2L. Alternatively, you may drop off or mail your donation to:

Helping Hands Hawai‘i
2100 N. Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96819

Items such as crayons, scissors, glue, folder paper, composition books, spiral notebooks, pencils/pens, rulers, calculators, portfolios, 2″ three-ring binders and backpacks are used to create two different educational kits targeting students in grades K-5 and grades 6-12. Each kit costs approximately $10 to assemble.

For more information about the R2L program, check out our FAQs or contact James Li at 440-3812 or

Ready to Learn FAQs for Applicants

Ready to Learn FAQ for Donors

Ready to Learn Collection Points


  1. roxanna says:

    How do i apply? My children are starting school an any type of help would be awesome.

    • HHHadmin says:

      Hi Roxanna, someone will contact you with more information on the Ready to Learn program. Thanks!

  2. Hello, I’ve been trying to contact your offices regarding the Ready To Learn Program, but was unsuccessful with no answer. Left a message, but no one has called me back yet so I figured I try leaving a reply on here and maybe I’ll have more success reaching you guys. Anyways, I would like to apply for my two children and would like to know what I need to do to make that possible! This year has been really hard on me and my family since my husband has become disabled……A little help would be greatly appreciated!

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