What We Do

In Hawai‘i, ‘ohana is important to us. That’s why Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels treats all of our clients like family.  We make sure kupuna and others have hot, nutritious meals delivered to their door, whether for lunch or dinner. But we don’t stop there. Our volunteers also take the time to make sure each one is doing okay. We serve as another set of eyes and ears for families. The aloha spirit is alive and well…and that’s why we’re called Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels.

Mission

Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels is dedicated to helping Oahu’s elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home. We do this primarily by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal interaction with those we serve

About

Hawaiʻi Meals on Wheels was founded in 1979 to provide a hot home-delivered meal service for frail elderly and disabled persons who were unable to cook or shop for themselves and did not have access to help for these essential functions.

We are a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded by former State of Hawaiʻi librarian Irmgard Hörmann and the Social Ministries Committee of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. She spearheaded the formation of a committee representing different denominations and several Honolulu churches to provide a basic nutritional and human support system for their isolated, disabled, and frail elderly neighbors.

The other eight founding churches included Central Union Church, Church of the Crossroads, Manoa Valley Church, The Parish of St. Clement, Unitarian Church of Honolulu, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church.

The service began with two small routes in Makiki and Moʻiliʻili, six clients, six volunteers and $25. In 2016, Hawaiʻi Meals on Wheels served more than 97,000 meals with about 450 volunteers on nearly 50 routes throughout Oahu.

Hawaiʻi Meals on Wheels has continues to grow in response to an increasing need for fresh, hot, and nutritious home-delivered meals and friendly visits that also serve as wellness checks.


Board of Directors

President
Geoffrey Pang
American Business Marketing

Vice-President
Ross Esaki
Allstate Insurance

Secretary
Rickey Murashige
Kuakini Health Systems
H & R Block

Treasurer
Donna Ojiri
Sodexo at the University of Hawaiʻi

Joanne Kealoha
ILWU Local 142

Theo Stiller
Wealth Strategy Partners, LLC

Samuel K.L. Suen
Law Office of Samuel K.L. Suen, LLLC

Edwina Suzuki
Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union

Robert Takeshita
Territorial Savings Bank

Michael Tottori
First Hawaiian Bank

Brenda Wong
Kapi`olani Mmedical Center for Women and Children

The Late Irmgard Hörmann
Emerita and Founder

Advisory Council

Andy Bumatai
Edward R. Cruickshank

Sherilyn M. Fukuji-Kimura
Nathan Hokama
John J. Ida, AIA
Myrna Murdoch
Carla Nip-Sakamoto, M.D.
Cheryl Seto

Staff

Michelle Cordero-Lee, Chief Executive Officer

Deena Ahakuelo, Program Coordinator
Brad Akamu, Volunteer Coordinator
Adney Atabay, Delivery Driver
Richard Gallarde, Delivery Driver
Dave Gutierrez, Delivery Driver
Hau`oli Keawe-Aiko, HR Specialist
Kevin Landers, Delivery Driver
Mike Lundy, Delivery Driver
Doug Matsuoka, IT Coordinator
Andy Merriam, Administrative Coordinator

Joal Murakami, Program Assistant
Ruth Palmer, Logistics Coordinator
Julie Teruya, Office Assistant
Jodie Young, Program Assistant