Kauai Flood Relief

Malama Kauai is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been serving the Kauai Community for over 12 years related to building resiliency and sustainability. Please see below for ways to obtain information, offer support or be supported related to Kauai flood relief efforts:

Follow Malama Kauai Facebook Page
Join the Malama Kauai Volunteers Facebook Group


Additional Donation Options


  • Malama Kauai Volunteers Facebook Group: communities connecting communities; flood victims can ask for volunteers and volunteers can tap into a variety of opportunities
  • Transportation sign-up (cars/trucks, heavy equipment, etc.): you can sign up to this list, which is available to key work day and logistics organizers
  • Temporary Housing sign-up: you can sign up to this list if you’re offering housing; those assisting with temporary housing have access to this sheet
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Volunteers interested in getting activated in the affected areas on work crews should report to Hanalei Courthouse starting at 7:30a Mon-Sat to join organized work crews with Samaritan’s Purse through July 27th
  • Habitat for Humanity: For help in repairing and rebuilding homes of those affected, contact Caitlin at 808-335-0296 x 114 or volunteer@kauaihabitat.org
  • Off-island Volunteers: Volunteer workers interested in camping space for a work-trade volunteer exchange with farm or home rebuilds can contact Julia Black at (808) 828-0685 x11 or volunteer@malamakauai.org


  • Food Pantry Info: TBD – being updated currently
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP / EBT): Affected families who have a need for food assistance should sign up for financial assistance for groceries; this will also help other application processes move more quickly once qualified. Download and complete the application found HERE and deliver in-person to Kauai Processing Center (Former Lihue Courthouse Building), 3059 Umi Street, Room A110, Lihue, Be prepared to wait for an interview. Call 808-274-3371 for more info.
  • Non-Perishable Food Donations: Please bring to Hawaii Foodbank – Kauai Branch in Puhi Industrial Center; it’s getting distributed throughout the island when/where people need it. No water is needed unless it is large 5+ gallon jugs.


  • Malama Kauaʻi Farmer Mini Grants: our 2nd round of applications are due July 20th, please download and complete the following application: Kauaʻi Farm Relief Mini Grant – July 2018
  • Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program: Info on financial support for farmers and assistance with paperwork, contact Naoshi Grady: (808) 828-0685 x15
  • USDA Farm Service Agency: has a variety of disaster relief programs available for farmers; visit the Lihue FSA Service Center, Watumull Building, 4334 Rice Street, Room 206, Lihue, HI 96766; and call (808) 245-9014 Ext. 2 for more info
  • USDA NRCS: has cost-share programs and watershed protection engineering technology assistance
  • Sunday, August 5th’s Farmer Expo will have a variety of resources and panel sessions for all farmers and ranchers


Many social services, as well as assistance with applications, are available in-person at Hale Halawai in Hanalei and the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Hanalei Elementary. Resources available for affected community members include:

  • General Supplies:
    • Wainiha/Haena – Aunty B’s and pop-up events (see our Facebook Page & Group for details)
  • County & State Government Services:
  • Housing Assistance / Cleanup / Repairs:
    • Mālama Kaua‘i Housing Loss Mini Grant Application: applications are due Friday, June 8th
    • Kauai Board of Realtors Grant: mini -grant for rent or mortgage financial assistance, up to $1,800 per home
    • If you’re in need of temporary housing or relocation call the MK Flood Relief Hotline at (808) 828-0685 x22
    • Samaritan’s Purse: debris removal, tarping roofs, cleanups, rebuilding & mold removal; (808) 720-0605
    • Habitat for Humanity: Assistance available for income qualified Owner/Occupants; some resources also available for renters. They may help with clean up, repairs, rebuilding, building materials, and appliances. Complete an Intake Form online.
    • Individuals with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – insured mortgages at risk of foreclosure because of the disaster may stop or delay foreclosure by 90 days. Click HERE determine if you qualify for the foreclosure moratorium
    • Conventional mortgage holders should contact their lenders directly to determine their options
    • Those who have lost their homes and are in the process of buying or rebuilding another home can receive mortgage insurance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For more information, click HERE
  • Financial Assistance:


  • A tax deductible financial donation to Malama Kaua‘i can be made online here or via mail to:
    Malama Kaua‘i, P.O. Box 1414, Kilauea, HI 96754, with the Check memo: Flood Relief
  • If you would like to talk with someone directly about donations or fundraising, please contact Taylor Litwin (808) 828-0685 x8 or by email at grants@malamakauai.org
  • All food donations should be made directly through the Hawaii Food Bank, Kauai Chapter since they have the best system for receiving, inventorying and distributing to communities that need it, when they need it


Due to heavy call volume, we highly recommend reading this page thoroughly, as well as following our Facebook Page, and joining the Facebook Group as many common questions can be answered through those means. Please be patient with response times.

  • Volunteering: Julia Black, Volunteer Coordinator VISTA – (808) 828-0685 x11 | volunteer@malamakauai.org
  • Grants Management: Taylor Litwin, Grants VISTA – (808) 828-0685 x8 | grants@malamakauai.org
  • Fundraisers & Events: Lauren McKenzie, Development VISTA – (808) 828-0685 x 10 | development@malamakauai.org
  • Farmer Mini-Grant Program: Haylin Chock, Grant Program Manager – (808) 828-0685 x24 | farmerfund@malamakauai.org
  • Farmer Work Day Planning: Lorilani Keohokalole, Project Manager – (808) 828-0685 x23 | lorilani@malamakauai.org
  • Farmer Technical Assistance: Naoshi Grady, Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Manager – (808) 828-0685 x15 | mahiai@malamakauai.org
  • Supply Donations & Distribution: Kyahnasun Dakini, Logistics Manager (808) 828-0685 x22 | floodrelief@malamakauai.org
  • Flood Relief General Assistance: Sarah Krantz, Office Manager – (808) 828-0685 x22 | floodrelief@malamakauai.org