Background and History

The founder and benefactor of the Foundation, Helga Glaesel-Hollenback, originally hailed from Germany.  Late in her life, Helga moved to the United States and made Honolulu her home.

Helga established Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation in 1990 as a way “to return the generosity of the islands” where she had “found great happiness.”  Hauʻoli Mau Loa is Hawaiian for “eternal happiness”.  In choosing this name for the Foundation, Helga sought to express her hope for what the Foundation would be able to achieve for others.

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Mission And Values

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation established by an individual who, in her words, “found great happiness in the islands of Hawaiʻi” and sought “to return the generosity of the islands.”  As such, the Foundation is grounded in Hawaiʻi’s cultures and values.

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Our Logo

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation’s logo, the lehua makanoe blossom, has significant meaning because it creates a link to our founder, Helga Glaesel-Hollenback.  On her 75th birthday, community members from the island of Kauaʻi gave Helga the Hawaiian name of Kalehuamakanoe, meaning “the lehua blossom in the mountain mist,” in recognition of her concern for Kauaʻi’s children.

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Our Team

The Foundation is governed by a three-person board of directors and is staffed by a team of five.  Together the board and staff work collaboratively to carry out the Foundation’s mission and to do so in ways that are consistent with its values. 

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