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                    Arc in Hawaii

Inclusion. Involvement. Independence.
Aloha and welcome to The Arc in Hawaii. The Arc in Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1954 by a group of parents of children with intellectual disabilities. As the state chapter of The Arc of the United States, The Arc in Hawaii is part of the largest national organization devoted solely to working on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.

An estimated 7.2 million Americans have intellectual or a related developmental disability. Through aggressive advocacy at the local and national level, The Arc ensures that these individuals have access to the services and supports they need to grow, develop and participate in communities across the country.

Our Mission Statement

The Arc in Hawaii provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Oahu. Together with its affiliates, The Arc in Hawaii promotes and protects the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their right to be included and fully participate in the community throughout their lifetime.

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Annual Appeal Now Underway

At The Arc in Hawaii, we help people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. We couldn't do that, however, without our island 'ohana helping us.

Footsteps to Transition 2013 was held in October at King Intermediate School. We're a founding sponsor of this annual event, which helps students with special needs and their families transition from school to life afterward. Leolinda Parlin from Hilopa'a walked people through transition planning, and Ian Nieblas, who lives with us in Waipahu, made a great co-Emcee!

The generous contributions of many made it possible to repave Honolulu Center's parking lot, making it safer for our participants and staff. Wahiawa Center is getting tented to control termites, our Pearl City Center will soon have a solar water heating system and a new exterior paint job, our Hawaii Kai home will have its tile roof repaired and re-sealed and the Wahiawa Center's perimeter fence was replaced by Habilitat, a project that benefited two local non-profits!

New fence

Arc News Highlights
Highlights begin with the most recent.
  • Annual Appeal November-December 2013. Our Annual Appeal began in late November. That's when we ask our friends to support the work we do on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities. Please consider a donation to us this year if you can. Mahalo.

  • Halloween 2013 Halloween, October, 2013. Three of our nurses dressed up as "garden-friendly" bugs, posing in front of the garden they've created and are nurturing for us at Honolulu Center. Mahalo, ladies!

  • Transition Fair October 26, 2013. The 2nd Annual Transition Fair, Footsteps to Transition 2013, was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at King Intermediate School in Kaneohe, HI 96744. The Arc in Hawaii is a founding sponsor of this annual event for middle and high school students with special needs and their families looking at life after public school. The Arc and other providers shared their services and supports. Leolinda Parlin from Hilopa'a walked people through transition planning, and Ian Nieblas (below on right), who lives with us in Waipahu, made a great co-Emcee!

    Transition Fair 2013


  • Wahiawa Carnival, August 9, 2013. On August 9, Wahiawa Center welcomed guests from our three Day Program Centers, as well as our neighbors in the Wahiawa area. Wahiawa staff and participants had worked their hearts out beforehand getting everything set up and looking great. On Carnival Day, volunteers from throughout The Arc in Hawaii made shave ice, hosted games, popped popcorn and bagged hot dog lunches. Staff, Arc Advocates, participants and family members all had a blast!

    Halloween 2012




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Lei Fountain
Executive Director
3989 Diamond Head Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: 737-7995

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