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Lanakila Meals on Wheels

Cause Area

  • Crisis Support
  • Health & Medicine
  • Hunger
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors


1809 Bachelot StreetHonolulu, HI 96817 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Lanakila Meals on Wheels relies on community support to serve more than 1,800 seniors every day. As Hawaii’s largest meal provider, services reach our kupuna with the greatest need in low-income and rural areas. Delivering so much more than a meal, our staff and volunteers also provide companionship and a bridge to support services, helping our elders stay in their own homes with dignity.


It all started in 1971 with a lunch wagon at A’ala Park, in downtown Honolulu. Serving hot meals to seniors in need and those suffering from Tuberculosis, it was the saving grace to many people. The need grew and Lanakila Meals on Wheels was formed, delivering meals all around the island to our deserving kupuna. For many, it was the only meal they ate all day and the visit with the delivery volunteer was the only personal interaction they had. It was their link to the community and upon this discovery, needless to say, Lanakila Meals on Wheels’ mission grew stronger. Now in its 41st year, Lanakila Meals on Wheels has expanded to be the largest and only island-wide meal service program for seniors, offering home delivery and group dining options. We are a volunteer driven program and serve over 250,000 meals each year on over 90 different routes all over Oahu.


Would you recommend Lanakila Meals on Wheels?
3 reviews Write a review
by Lakota P. from Albuquerque, NM (June 21, 2013)
Lanakila is a great organization! They cater to your intrests and your needs; as far as finding the right fit for you in their organization. It's a fun place to volunteer and make new friendships. You can tell they have a real compassion for what they do. I chose Lanakila because they have all the values that I have as a person, and it gave me an opportunity to give back to the community!!
by Marlena W. (June 5, 2013)
I have worked and volunteered with Lanakila Meals on Wheels for nearly ten years. Amazing staff and volunteers run the program. And it's far more than a meal delivery. It's really about caring for our elders and wonderful to be a part of.
by Taoist E. (June 4, 2013)
Lanakila is a great place to volunteer. It's got a real 'Ohana feeling and everyone's really friendly. All the staff seem to truly care about the mission and their enthusiasm is catchy! They will work with your schedule and really care about you as a volunteer. It's a great place to help the needy elderly in the community and my 13 year old son could join in some stuff too. I really love this place.

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