Ho’oulu Waiwai2020-04-03T16:42:40-10:00



Education for Life’s Financial Decisions

Ho‘oulu Waiwai aims to build economic stability for individuals and families by strengthening their personal finances and helping them achieve their financial goals through education and individual coaching. Research shows that increased economic stability for families positively affects children’s academic and long-term economic outcomes.

We provide culturally relevant financial workshops, personalized one-on-one coaching, and incentivized match savings accounts to help people build family assets. Since 2014, Ho‘oulu Waiwai has helped decrease the average debt per participant by $9,690, totaling $87,214 in overall debt reduction.

Hoʻoulu Waiwai in 2019


individuals participating in match savings for education and/or small business


average participant debt decrease


in grants and aid leveraged through FAFSA submissions

In 2017, Ho‘oulu Waiwai provided $21,340 in savings match funds to participants for IDA asset purchases that included tuition, books, and supplies for students pursuing a degree at various Institutions of higher education.

In 2018-2019, Ho‘oulu Waiwai plans to roll out a social enterprise model to expand financial capability services beyond the Wai‘anae coast.

Hoʻoulu Waiwai in Practice

Financial Growth Opportunities

Learning opportunities such as culturally relevant financial workshops, incentivized match savings accounts, and personalized one-on-one coaching, help to build family assets. Ho‘oulu Waiwai services include:

  • Monthly community workshops on a variety of topics related to personal finance
  • Confidential, one-hour sessions with financial coaches who help navigate through life’s financial decisions
  • The Wai‘anae Financial Fitness Fair, an annual community event in April in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid party
  • Incentivized Match Savings Accounts for education and business start-up

Program Services

General Services

  • Financial Coaching: financial coaches are available to help navigate through life’s financial decisions. Sessions are confidential and are typically one hour.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Free tax preparation for eligible families. As a VITA site, INPEACE completed 50 tax returns, totaling $97,640 in federal tax return money for the community.
  • Wai’anae Financial Fitness Fair: annual community event in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month in April bringing a variety of personal finance resources together to the Wai‘anae community.

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Available Workshops

Ho‘oulu Waiwai also offers various financial capability workshop and coaching packages to meet the needs of your organization. Contact Saydee Pojas for more information at (808) 380-4224.

Your Donation Impacts the Community 

In 2017, our Ho‘oulu Waiwai program helped 238 individuals work on their family financial goals through financial workshops, personal and confidential one-on-one coaching and incentivized individual development accounts.  $5,335 were deposited into IDA savings accounts by participants which INPEACE matched with $21,340. INPEACE also helped reduce average participant debt by $9,690 helping build financial stability for families and giving their keiki better opportunities for future financial outcomes.

Donations like yours provide important resources and supplies for our financial coaches and workshop facilitators – allowing them to provide important materials for family financial stability.

  • Your $25 donation will help an individual attend a workshop that sets them on the path to strengthen their families finances.
  • A $50 donation provides a family with one-on-one coaching to set and accomplish financial goals.


Our Program Supporters

Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Hearst Foundation