Volunteer Opportunities with NAMI Hawaii

Friday, April 2, 2021 12:00 PM (HST)

Learn from Anisa Wiseman (program director and walk manager) and Kumi Macdonald (executive director) how you can make a difference in volunteering. There are many opportunities from simple things you can do at home to leading a program.

Watch this video to learn about volunteer opportunities with NAMI Hawaii, and contact us at info@namihawaii.org

NAMI Hawaii State Conference Recap

Mahalo to everyone who joined us for our 6th annual State Conference on March 22nd, and to our partner Mental Health America for Hawaii for making the conference possible.

Watch the recording of our Keynote speech, Community Resiliency through Aloha Practices (w/ Dr. Manulani Meyer) below:

You can also click here to view the full playlist (including breakout sessions) on our youtube channel, or check the description of the above video.

More resources and info will be added to the website later this week.

Upcoming NAMI Family & Friends / Family-to-Family Classes

Our teachers at NAMI Big Island are offering more classes via Zoom. These are free, state-wide virtual classes, but you must register with us via email.

NAMI Family & Friends is a free 2-day seminar for people who have loved ones with a mental health condition. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. You will learn about treatment, communication, crisis strategies, and where to find community resources.

June 19 & 26 (10 a.m. to 12 noon)

Register: info@namihawaii.org

For people who want to further their learning, or want interactive, hands-on training:

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program. This means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. It is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

Learn about:

  • How to solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Supporting your loved one with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • How to handle a crisis
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • The impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 (9 am to 12 noon HST) – Tentative

Register or find out more: info@namihawaii.org


More classes are planned to be held throughout the year, please check our programs page for tentative dates, or contact us via email.

find your island's affiliate:

NAMI Hawaii provides free support, education, information and resources.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition, please contact us at info@namihawaii.org or give us a call at 808-591-1297.

Upcoming Events

Early 2021
Family to Family Teachers Training
Peer to Peer Teachers Training
May 2021
Walk Rally
June 15, 2021
Members and Friends Meeting
Jun 30- July 3, 2021
NAMICon 2021 in person in Washington DC
August 2021
Walk Kick Off
Sept 21, 2021
Members and Friends Meeting
October 9, 2021
NAMIWalks Hawaii 2021
NAMIWalks Big Island 2021
December 11, 2021
Annual Meeting


Dates are subject to change.

Events require registration.  Please contact us for more info, email at info@namihawaii.org or call us at (808)-591-1297.

Welcome to NAMI Hawaii. We Invite YOU to be a Part of Our Community.

We are NAMI Hawaii the state organization of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans living with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness. With organizations and affiliates in every state, NAMI effectively provides advocacy, research, support, and education about mental illness.

Established in 1991, NAMI Hawaii State is also dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families affected by mental illnesses. Through support, education, advocacy, and awareness we improve the lives of people in Hawaii who live with mental illness. We serve our community by empowering these people to confront the profound injustices brought on by the difficulties they are forced to endure. Along with our supporters and volunteers we work to chart a course to meaningful change in Hawaii and a path to recovery.

NAMI Signature Programs and Support Groups


Visit our Programs & Services page, or contact: info@namihawaii.org for more information

NAMI Programs are for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness. At NAMI Hawaii, you’ll meet families who have struggled with the mental illness of their loved ones or people living in recovery from mental illness.  We come together, in a safe and comfortable setting, to share our struggles, promote hope and build a better tomorrow for our loved ones and for ourselves.  NAMI Hawaii is committed to offering community-focused education, advocacy, and support programs for family caregivers and individuals living in recovery.

We believe treatment works, recovery is possible, there is hope, and you are not alone! Join us and see.