Help children strengthen their reading and writing skills

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Imagine visiting an urban community with one of the highest rates of adult illiteracy on island. Now imagine entering a small library embedded in that same community whose mission is to help children improve their reading and writing skills AND make learning fun AND teach character building. The staff and volunteers of Hawaii Literacy's Family Libraries at Mayor Wright Homes and Kuhio Park dedicate their time and energy to meet these three goals because we know that when children are encouraged, supported, and shown how to enjoy learning they will become stronger students fill of confidence and curiosity and ultimately change the course of their life for the better.

But we can't do it alone. We need your help.

Hawaii Literacy's Family Libraries are located in two public housing developments in Kalihi. We need help during afterschool hours especially from 2:00-5:00 p.m. to tutor and teach reading and writing skills to children. Each day we service about 20 children ages 5 to 14 with varying literacy needs. We use computers, books, flash cards, songs, theatre arts, and much more to teach basic literacy skills. If you have the time, patience, and ability, please consider joining our team as we make a huge difference in the lives of Hawaii's children. Thank you for your consideration.

There will be two monthly orientation meetings available on site. Please request information about the next orientation to learn more about how you can make a difference in a child's life. Mahalo!

Program Address and Hours

  • Mayor Wright Homes - Family Library
    566 N. Kukui St., Building 25A
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    Tuesday-Friday, 1-5:30 p.m.
  • Kuhio Park Towers - Family Library
    1475 Linapuni Street, Bldg. A, #117
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    Monday-Thursday 1-5:30 p.m.

Participants must be able to commute to the site and we cannot provide housing assistance to out-of-state volunteers, though we sincerely appreciate your interest!

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245 N KUKUI ST, STE 202, HONOLULU, HI 96817, US

Mission Statement

To empower Hawaii’s children and adults with essential reading, writing, and lifelong learning skills to strengthen themselves, families and communities.


Hawaii Literacy was founded in 1971 to tutor adults in basic reading and writing skills and hep them achieve their goals for a better life. Hawaii Literacy provides the following services:

  • Adult Literacy 1-1 Tutoring;
  • two Family Libraries in Mayor Wright and Kuhio Park;
  • the Bookmobile program serving 13 high need sites on the Wai'anae Coast; and
  • English Language Learner classes at three locations.
In total our programs serve nearly 3,000 adults and children each year.


We'll work with your schedule.


245 N. Kukui St.Honolulu, HI 96817



  • Tutoring
  • People Skills
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Min.1-hour shift during program hours

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