The mission of the Hawaii Lions Foundation is to serve as District 50 Hawaii Lions' charitable, tax-exempt body to promote programs of improving and expanding services to sight and hearing impaired persons while enhancing the image of Lionism throughout the State of Hawaii.

The purpose of the Foundation is to support the Lions Clubs of District 50 Hawaii in serving their local communities as they carry out essential sight, hearing and other humanitarian projects.


To promote eye care programs for the prevention of blindness and aid to visually impaired persons.

To promote hearing care programs for the prevention of hearing loss and aid to hearing impaired persons.

To pursue the goals of the Hawaii Lions Eye Bank and Makana Foundation, such as:

Promote programs for the recovery of eye tissue for use in cornea and sclera transplants, as well as eye research.

Promote blindness prevention and vision/eye health education.

To promote such programs as deemed necessary by District 50 and the Trustees of the Hawaii Lions Foundation to assist in furthering the goals of Lions Clubs International service to humanity.


Letter from HLF Trustee Norman Sakata to Michael Kennerly of the May Mitchell Royal Foundation, Michigan.

September 7, 2015

Dear Mike:

I just received your most generous $24,000 donation check from the May Mitchell Royal Foundation that was sent through Mr. LaShawn Jimenez, Trust and Estate Advisor of Comerica. As requested, the check was made out to the Hawaii Lions Foundation and will be used for the continued operation of the Hawaii Lions Eye Bank and Makana Foundation program.

All the Lions of Hawaii join with the Hawaii Lions Foundation and the Hawaii Lions Eye Bank to extend our deepest appreication to your May Mitchell Royal Foundation for your long years of support that made it possible for our Eye Bank to provide over 5,060 corneas to date, to meet the neds of providing sight to those in need. This is in answer to Helen Keller's challenge "To be the Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness" and Lions Clubs International's "Sight First Goal" to eradicate blindness wherever possible.


Norman Sakata, Trustee
Hawaii Lions Foundation