About Us




Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only one in the state of Hawaii solely committed to advocating for children.  We address the root causes of poverty and inequity and develop public policies that help children and their families.  

Our Mission: Build a unified voice educating and advocating for Hawaii's children.

Our Vision: All of Hawaii's children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.


We believe every child deserves a fighting chance to realize their full potential and focus our work on advancing public policy that impacts the systems that serve children.  The overall well-being of Hawaii's children ranks 17th in the nation.  Their economic well-being ranks 23rd with 15% (43,000) living in poverty; their education ranking is 36, with 52% of young children NOT in school and 71% of 4th graders reading BELOW grade level.  Poverty alleviation starts at birth and it is our responsibility to invest in our children.


ADVOCACY for smart policies and investments in our children.

BUILDING and STRENGTHENING COALITIONS among nonprofit organizations to plan and strategize successful solutions to children’s issues.  When necessary, we also train those organizations on how advocacy or policy and systems change works.

MOBILIZING individuals and communities, creating a strong movement for children’s issues.

DEVELOPING and ANALYZING data and research on health and wellness of children in Hawaii.

Creating STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS with businesses and philanthropic organizations who care about children's issues.