Our Community Services support the community as a whole. Although the focus is on helping those in need and families in Waikiki, we have programs and activities for many such as visitors and other community groups. In addition, WCC believes that by helping a wide range of community members, including those in need, we are bettering the entire area by creating a nurturing environment where no one is left without life’s basic needs.
We offer several community resources to help Waikiki’s people through difficult times and beyond.
Waikiki Community Thrift Shop (Open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., except holidays)
Low cost clothing, household and personal goods are available through our Community Thrift Shop. Local businesses, hotels, and residents donate their “gently used” items for recycling through our shop. Closed on weekends and major holidays. Credit cards accepted.
Emergency Food Pantry (Open Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., except holidays)
Amidst the luxury and wealth of Waikiki, you’ll find many older residents, young families, and homeless individuals struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis. Many are in need of food to sustain themselves. WCC provides nonperishable food to over 1,000 individuals and families each year through its Emergency Food Pantry. The pantry is stocked through the generosity of neighborhood community groups, schools andbusinesses. Referrals are made to community resources if additional services are need. Photo government ID and proof of need is required.
Senior Assistance Services (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. t0 2:30 p.m. by appointment)
We understand that seniors and others in need most often face a range of issues. Our staff is knowledgeable on a variety of public and private programs and services. They can assist you with issues like personal care and caregiver respite, housing, transportation, food, medical, financial and legal referrals. They are available to address these and other needs. They will help match individuals to needed resources, guide them through the application processes/requirements and help coordinate multiple service providers.
Your support is needed to continue and grow these services. Continue making a donation or volunteering your time today.
Sam and his 9-year old daughter were homeless. They moved about very frequently, from a few nights in back of Kapahulu stores or at friends’ Waikiki apartments, preferring not to stay at a homeless shelter. Sam’s wife was a substance abuser and used much of their income to support her drug habit. Consequently, Sam lost his job and a place to live. Sam’s primary concern was his daughter, making sure she had food, clean clothes to wear and attended school each day. While she was at school, he looked for jobs or temporary employment.
Sam came to the Waikiki Community Center emergency food pantry several times for his family. Then he disappeared. Nearly a year later, he came to WCC’s door with a grocery bag of canned goods. He wanted to donate food in appreciation for the food he received when he needed it most. He had found a regular job and an apartment for his daughter and himself. His daughter was on the honor roll at school.