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 .

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 and Gavin Thornton followed up with…

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…

Low-Income Housing in Lahaina At Risk of Losing Affordability

Over the past several months, we have been working with the tenants of Front Street Apartments, a 142-unit complex in Lahaina that houses 300 low-income residents. The complex was built in 2001 using low-income housing tax credits with the stipulation that it would remain affordable for 50 years.

Passage of Bill Will Lead to Hawaii’s First State EITC

On May 2nd, the Senate and House voted to pass HB 209, putting us just one step away from a Working Family Credit in Hawaii, and greater tax fairness for low-income residents. House Speaker Scott Saiki has labeled the passage of the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as the “most consequential work in the last few years to reduce poverty and Hawai?i’s high cost of living.”
Hawai’i Appleseed led the effort to get the EITC (or “Working Family…

ADU Demo Draws Hundreds of Visitors

This month, Hawai‘i Appleseed collaborated with Hawai‘i Habitat for Humanity to host the 10th-annual Build-a-Thon, which for the first time included a model accessory dwelling unit (ADU). ADUs are small dwellings that can be built on single-family properties and rented for six months or longer. Event sponsors donated labor and materials to create the ADU, which was put on the lawn of the State Capitol.

Appleseed and Habitat staff held tours and answered questions from approximately 2,500 visitors, including homeowners…

New Report on the Need for a Working Family Credit

Hawai’i Appleseed recently released a report entitled “Struggling to Make Ends Meet: The Need for a Working Family Credit,” which highlights the results of a survey that we commissioned to learn more about the financial situation of Hawai’i residents as well as their opinion of tax credits that would let low-income workers keep more of what they earn.

The results were both sobering and promising. Read the full report here.…

Our Priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session

In the 2017 legislative session, we are focused on advocating for tax relief packages for low- and moderate-income residents, as well as minimum wage increases. These measures will allow low- and moderate-income families to keep more of their own money in their wallets and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

A Win for Foster Families

The Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) and local foster parents have reached an agreement regarding the amount that should be paid to cover the expense of caring for children in foster care. The agreement is intended to bring to a close a federal class action lawsuit that was filed in December 2013, and a related case filed in state court.

When the lawsuits were filed, foster parents were provided with a stipend of $529 per…