We, the United Nations Association (UNA Hawai‘i) are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging intergenerational global-minded citizens to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. Offering opportunities for community engagement and inter-island collaboration on practical projects, we are “Uniting the world with Aloha” to inspire individual action for the greater good and to create an environment of peace through dialogue. Our local initiatives manifest as positive change on the local and international stage, and thus we achieve the goals of the Charter of the United Nations, with the spirit of aloha at its core.
The Oahu-based Chapter of United Nations Association, founded in 1968, is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. The national UNA-USA organization is working to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events.
Our Chapter is composed of intergenerational individuals who think globally and take action locally. “Youth empowerment, human rights, sustainable development, intergenerational activities, indigenous peoples rights, gender equality, and peace, are examples of areas where UNA Hawai‘i members engage in related local activities. Each UNA Hawai‘i member brings a unique talent and passion to the Chapter, which is supported, to assist in activities that align with the mission statement.”
Celebrating 50th Anniversary!
Serving Hawai‘i since 1968 as a partner and portal to world affairs.
President: Joanne Tachibana; VP – Education: Joshua Cooper; Secretary: Rayen Rooney; Co-Treasurers: Sally Okazaki, Wayne Higa; Board: Sophia Carba, Derek Tamura, R. Don Peel, Christopher Malano, Young Professionals Chair: C. Mokihana Maldonado.
Advisory: Susan Chun-Oakland, retired State Senator; Robert Skinner, UN Information Director, Washington D.C; Haaheo Guanson, Pacific Justice Center; Marsha Joyner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hawaii Coalition, John Bickel, Model UN
Examples of youth empowerment activities UNA Hawai‘i are involved with include the annual State Children and Youth Month, Model United Nations League of Hawai‘i, World Youth Congress, Education Energy, the World Wide Voyage, and Peace Child International.
Examples of initiatives that align with our mission, that members have launched, are the Hawai’i Institute of Human Rights and Education Energy, a student empowering approach to education. Bring your passion to our Chapter and magnify your efforts as a “change agent”.
Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at National UNA .