Get Involved

By supporting Hawaii Appleseed, you are helping create a more socially just Hawaii--a Hawaii where all people have genuine opportunities to achieve economic security and fulfill their potential.

There are many ways to support Hawaii Appleseed's work. Subscribe to our mailing list using the link on the right, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, apply to volunteer or intern, or make a donation to support our work.


Your contributions to Appleseed make our work possible. We do not receive any funding from the state or federal government and rely heavily on individual donors who are passionate about our work. You can donate through Paypal here or contact us at (808) 587-7605 to make a donation.

Internships and Externships

Each summer, we host from 4 to 6 legal interns. On occasion, we accept exceptionally qualified undergraduate or graduate students from non-legal fields.

Our externship program takes place during the year and can be completed for pro bono requirements or academic credit. We also accept law students for January term internships.

Under the direct supervision of one of our staff, students conduct research that furthers our work in one of our focus areas, such as affordable housing and homelessness, economic justice, or ending hunger. Students assist us with a variety of projects such as drafting policy briefs or reports, researching and developing recommendations that advance social justice and create economic opportunity, and conducting legal research and case development.

Candidates should send an email to Gavin Thornton at expressing your interest in a volunteer position. Please include in your email a current resume, letter of interest, and a writing sample.

Artists for Appleseed Fundraiser

Appleseed's annual fundraiser, Artists for Appleseed, is an evening of dinner, music, and an art sale featuring the works of local artists. To sponsor this event or contribute works of art, please contact This year's event will be held September 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Pacific Club. Tickets will be available soon.

Pro Bono Support

Critical to Hawai‘i Appleseed's success are pro bono partnerships with law firms to provide litigation support. Click here to see some of our partners.

2013 Pro Bono Celebration
David Reber with Victor Geminiani, Chief Justice Recktenwald, and Rep. Della Au Bellati honor Appleseed president David Reber
Executive Director Victor Geminiani, Rep. Della Au Bellati, and Chief Justice Recktenwald honor Hawai‘i Appleseed’s founding and current president David Reber.

2012 Pro Bono Celebration
AHFI atty Blaine Rogers with Victor Geminiani
Blaine Rogers of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing was recognized for his outstanding pro bono work with Appleseed on our Basic Health Hawai‘i and SNAP timeliness litigation, contributing over 300 pro bono hours in these two cases.