TOMODACHI Kibou for Maui is a new program in partnership with the TOMODACHI Initiative and Odyssey Nature Japan. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors directly impacted by the Maui wildfires. The objective of the program is to engage, inspire, and empower youth impacted by the Lahaina wildfires to lead the long-term physical, mental, and spiritual recovery of their community.

The selected team will undergo training in Maui in March, followed by a week-long trip to Higashimatsushima in the Tohoku region to show them the 3/11/11 tsunami recovery, network with young people in Japan who are active with the recovery, and do some workshops with local organizations/trainers.

The application closed on January 26, 2024 (11:59 PM HST). Contact for more information.

The Government of Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Charles & Mitch Ota Foundation
The Freeman Foundation

In-Kind Donors
ALOHA Collection Global WiFi
Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP Olukai
Proforma Favorable Impressions Uniqlo USA

Alakaʻi Executive Search Anonymous
Gale Kobayashi John Okutani
Lauren Tsuchida


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Program to send young Maui fire victims to Japan