80 years of giving back

Courtney Takabayashi
September 27, 2018

80 years ago, a group of social workers established a nonprofit health plan to take care 671 of members in their community. Today HMSA has grown to serve more than 730 thousand members statewide, but our purpose remains the same: to improve the lives of our members and the health of Hawaii. And this Saturday, HMSA celebrated 80 years by coordinating a statewide day of service.

385 HMSA employees volunteered with their friends and family at nine nonprofit organizations across the state, from Hilo to Hanapepe. They prepared care packages at Food Basket and built houses with Habitat for Humanity and worked the loi at Kaala Farms. They gave their time to make their communities better places to live, work, and play. In addition to organizing this day of service, HMSA made a monetary donation to each organization to support them in their mission.

Malama Maunalua

Volunteers jumped in with both feet to help remove invasive alien algae from Maunalua Bay.


Volunteers helped beautify the area by pulling weeds, picking up trash, and planting seeds.

Ka'ala Farm

These volunteers didn't mind getting their hands dirty working in the lo‘i (wetland and dry land).

Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth (KEY Project)

These hard-working volunteers beautified this site on the Windward side of Oahu.

Kaua'i Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers were all smiles before starting their project of  building a home.

Boys and Girls Club of Maui

Volunteers pitched in to paint and make repairs to the club.

The Food Basket Hawaii Islands Food Bank (Hilo)

Volunteers were all smiles as they constructed food baskets.

PATH – Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (Kona)

Volunteers watered and mulched trees along Ane Keohokalole Highway.

Mahalo to all of our wonderful volunteers. Here's to another 80 years!

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