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It's what we do. The American Red Cross works within our local communities, providing relief to people who have suffered a disaster. We also help people prevent, prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies. With your help, the promise of neighbor helping neighbor in times of trouble becomes a reality and our communities become safer places to live. Show your aloha and become a volunteer for the American Red Cross in Hawaii.

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Adult General Volunteers
Be a part of a volunteer workforce that constitutes about 95 percent our entire organization by becoming an American Red Cross adult volunteer. Start by completing an online application through Volunteer Connection. After you confirm your account by email, you will be well on your way to making a difference as a Red Cross volunteer

Services to the Armed Forces
The Red Cross places volunteers on Oahu to work in hospitals, medical clinics and administrative offices on military installations. If you are a licensed medical professional or paraprofessional, you can use your skills to support our military community.

Youth Services & Red Cross Clubs
Volunteer opportunities for youth and how high school students can get involved through school-based Red Cross clubs.


About the American Red Cross in Hawaii

The American Red Cross in Hawaii prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The American Red Cross of Hawaii provides the following programs and services in the State of Hawaii:

  • Disaster Relief
  • Safety Training
  • Military (Service to the Armed Forces)
  • Intentional Services
  • Community Events and Presentations (speaker requests)


To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We do this by providing disaster relief and teaching lifesaving skills to the people of Hawaii, helping people prevent and prepare for emergencies, and providing support to military families.

Our humanitarian mission connects to people and communities throughout the islands, across the nation and around the world. We are committed to ensuring our people, programs and services reflect the diversity of the people and the communities we serve. We encourage you to join us on this journey and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best.


The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that

  • ...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
  • ...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
  • ...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
  • ...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and
  • an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.


  • Compassionate: We are dedicated to improving the lives of those we serve and to treating each other with care and respect.
  • Collaborative: We work together as One Red Cross family, in partnership with other organizations, and always embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Creative: We seek new ideas, are open to change and always look for better ways to serve those in need.
  • Credible: We act with integrity, are transparent guardians of the public trust and honor our promises.
  • Committed: We hold ourselves accountable for defining and meeting clear objectives, delivering on our mission and carefully stewarding our donor funds.

Local Training and Preparedness

  • Lifesaving training through CPR and first aid courses
  • Workplace Safety teaches workers how to prevent injuries and respond to life threatening emergencies
  • Disaster preparedness information was shared with over 27,000 people on how to prepare for emergencies
  • Pre-deployment briefings provided to 17,000 servicemen and families

Relevance of the Red Cross in Hawaii

With the threat of flu pandemic, terrorist attacks, and major natural and man-made disasters, the American Red Cross is more relevant and necessary than ever before. It is not "if," but "when" a major disaster in Hawaii will occur, and with your help, we'll be ready.

The Red Cross is not a government agency. All disaster training and services are free, made possible by generous donations from local individuals and businesses and our dedicated volunteers.


The Hawaii Red Cross has its headquarters on Oahu, with offices on four military bases (Kaneohe, Tripler, Schofield and Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam) and offices on the neighbor islands (Hawaii (in Hilo), Kauai and Maui).

Our Services / Work

Climate Change in Hawaii

The American Red Cross of Hawaii held an event called "Climate Change - Disaster Preparedness & Response in Hawaii" on September 26, 2019 at The Bankers Club, graciously hosted by First Insurance Company of Hawaii.

Disaster Preparedness


In Hawaii due to our isolation, we encourage all families to be prepared for 14 days instead of 72 hours. It will take time following a disaster for a logistics bridge to be built to Hawaii if our harbors and airports are affected by a major disaster and we may be relying on our own resources longer than other places within the United States.

Disaster Services

When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is ready to provide a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, emotional support and hope to those affected.

Volunteer Services

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We could have just the opportunity you're looking for ... whether it's training to respond to disasters, supporting a blood drive, delivering messages to members of our military, or connecting families displaced by conflict, we hope you'll join our mission.

Blood Services

We collect blood every day from donors who help ensure a safe supply of blood when it's needed.

Training Services

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We offer training in first aid, CPR/AED, swimming and water safety, care giving and more.

Service to the Armed Forces


We relay urgent messages between U.S. service members and their families through our global communications.

Home Fire Campaign

The American Red Cross is launching a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years through the Home Fire Preparedness Safety Campaign.

International Services

With more than a century of experience, the American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world's most vulnerable communities.


Founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, the American Red Cross is one of the oldest human service organizations in the United States. In 1905, the U.S. Congress chartered the Red Cross to help relieve the suffering caused by disasters. Over the years, we have become part of the very fiber of the community and Americans have grown to expect and rely on our swift, professional assistance through a national volunteer corps of more than 1.44 million people. The American Red Cross is one of more than 145 member nations that comprise the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, 967 chapters make up the American Red Cross.

Although 1917 is the official date that the first American Red Cross chapter was chartered in Hawaii, Red Cross work began as early as 1898, when some 300 women, including Princess Kaiulani, organized a Red Cross society to aid the sick and wounded soldiers stopping here on transports from the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.

Today, the Hawaii State Chapter is a leader in health and safety training. Red Cross disaster volunteers respond regularly to house and apartment fires, and are prepared for larger disasters like hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods.

Through its extensive use of trained volunteers, the American Red Cross has earned a reputation for being of one of the nation's most efficiently managed non-profit organizations, a distinction that has been recognized by publications such as Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Times and Money Magazine. The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has over 4,000 volunteers - a volunteer-to-staff ratio of more than 10 to 1.

The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross is known for excellent stewardship of funds. We have always prided ourselves on providing services that do not duplicate the services of other non-profits organizations and proactively seeking ways to collaborate with other providers.

Sep 14, 1917: Queen Liliuokalani's secretary, Colonel Iaukea, presents a hand-sewn Red Cross flag to members of the local Chapter on the steps of Iolani Palace. This ceremony took place a few months after the Hawaii Chapter was officially chartered. At the Queen's suggestion, the flag flew over the palace and later hung in the Throne Room during World War I. Mrs. Henry Dawson accepts flag. Territorial Governor Lucius Pinkham is behind Iaukea.

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