The Hawai‘i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation, a duly registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was established through a merger of the Big Island AIDS Project and the West Hawai‘i AIDS Foundation on September 15, 2003, and provides island-wide coordination of services to all persons affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Hawai‘i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting those affected by HIV/AIDS to maximize their quality of life, and to ending the spread of HIV. We also utilize the lessons learned in the HIV epidemic to care and advocate for others in the fight against related diseases.
Hawai‘i Island will become a place where new HIV infections, and related health issues, are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender indemnity or socio-economic circumstance will have access to high-quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.
The ho‘okupu is a Hawaiian ceremonial gift given as a sign of honor and respect. As our chosen logo, it is a symbol of our commitment to provide the best available services and resources to anyone who needs them.
- Responsiveness: To people with HIV/AIDS and their families and to the prevention education needs of the community.
- Accountability: To our consumers, funding sources, and the community at large.
- Integrity: To provide services to the entire community in a humane, loving, non-judgmental manner.
- Diversity: To embrace the philosophy of “inclusiveness”.
- Collaboration: To establish and maintain partnerships within the community that maximizes resources and decreases duplication of services.
- Leadership: To set highest standards for responsibility to our mission, vision and values, and be recognized as a positive, inspirational role model in our community.
- Advocacy: A collective public voice to speak on behalf of those affected by HIV/AIDS.