Changing systems that perpetuate inequality

The Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is working to build a Hawai‘i where everyone has genuine opportunities to achieve economic security and fulfill their potential. We change systems that perpetuate inequality through research, policy development, education, coalition building, and advocacy.

Housing Housing
Increasing the availability of affordable housing and reducing homelessness.
Economic Justice Economic Justice
Ensuring fairness in taxation and wages.
Hunger Hunger
Using proven methods to provide access to healthy food and reduce childhood hunger.
Education Education
Helping pave the way for future generations of opportunity.
Health Care Health Care
Ensuring access to adequate medical care.

Recent Developments

Press Release: Hawai‘i School Breakfast Scorecard Identifies 15 School Breakfast Champions


Nicole Woo

Hawai‘i School Breakfast Scorecard Identifies 15 School Breakfast Champions
Kona Pacific Public Charter School and Olomana School Top the List 

Honolulu, February 8, 2018 — In the first-ever school-by-school report on school breakfast participation in the state of Hawai‘i, 15 schools were named “School Breakfast Champions.” These schools met or exceeded a national standard for high participation in school breakfast among low-income students.

In the most…

You helped us raise over $80,000 at the Sixth Annual Artists for Appleseed

Mahalo to our sponsors, artists, attendees, volunteers, and everyone else who made Artists for Appleseed a success! The event wouldn’t have been possible without your generous support.

Another congratulations to this year’s Good Apple award recipient, Chris Hecht and Kona Pacific Public Charter School, for the tremendous work they’ve done to curb child hunger.

Coming soon: Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center

Hawai‘i Appleseed is creating a new center focused on research and analysis of state budget and tax policy—the Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center (HBPC). On August 24th, we had the opportunity to provide a preview of the HBPC at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Advancing Non-Profit Excellence Conference.

Nick Johnson from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities based in Washington D.C., discussed how proposed federal budget and tax policies will affect Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Appleseed Co-Directors Victor Geminiani…

Governor Ige signed HB 209, a win for working families and children!

On July 10, 2017, Governor David Ige signed HB 209, a bill creating a non-refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) worth up to 20 percent of the federal EITC. With this new law, Hawai‘i joins 28 other states and D.C. in offering a state-level EITC to help working families keep more of their earnings.

It is estimated that the new tax credit will provide $130 million in tax relief for low-income and working-class families over its first 6…