Heart of the FOCs

The heart of the FOCs is our Charity, Alaka`ina 501(c)3

What makes NHOs most unique is their mission to serve their communities.


As a NHO, we are more than a family of companies. By dispersing our profits to Alaka`ina 501(c)3, we engage in activities to benefit the Native Hawaiian community. The heart of the FOCs lies in furthering the awareness and mission of Alaka`ina 501(c)3. Alaka`ina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawai`i through charitable efforts.

          Our Charity                                 Digital Bus Program                                 Our Kuleana        

Alaka`ina 501(c)3 

The goal of Alaka`ina 501(c)3 is to ensure that the young men and women of Hawai`i have the skills and competencies they need to be effective leaders. Alaka`ina is making this a reality by developing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science and technology, and environmental stewardship. Our Digital Bus Program (www.digitalbus.org), utilizes a location-based mobile science platform to enhance the education curriculum on Maui and Moloka`i for the last 13 years, reaching over 21,000 students.


Through the FOCs financial support, Alaka`ina 501(c)3 has also provided scholarships and grants to deserving individuals and organizations that promote education and leadership to school children on the islands of O`ahu and Kaua`i, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia; Frederick, Maryland; and Dothan, Alabama.​

Shannon "U`ilani"

Educational Specialist


Digital Bus Moloka`i

Digital Bus Program

The Digital Bus is a mobile laboratory designed to stimulate interest in science and technology among public school students. Equipped with the latest technology, the Digital Bus has been used extensively for hands-on education of students from grades K to 12 in both Maui and Moloka`i. Projects range from watershed investigation and restoration to math instruction to ocean and stream monitoring. The program also provides long-term impact via educator professional development opportunities.

Dav Yuan

Educational Coordinator


Digital Bus Maui


Our Kuleana (Responsibility)

In Hawaiian society, everyone has a responsibility to use his or her talents for the benefit of the entire `Ohana. We believe that `Ohana embraces not just our immediate family but also our company, our customers, and our communities. In addition to our own corporate community-based programs, the FOCs has been involved with many other non-profit organizations through monetary donations, or through employee involvement such as: Kauai Independent Food Bank; Hawai`i United Way; Hawai`i Food Bank; Operation Give Back; Walk MS Orlando; T-Bone's Teed-Off At Cancer; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Second Harvest Food Bank; Brigadier General Wagner Scholarship; Giving the Unexpected Hope to the Homeless; and Toys for Tots.

Best Value for the Government

"Through their ability to receive sole-source contracts above the 8(a) ceiling, NHO 8(a)s offer a highly valuable time and cost effectiveness to the contracting process, which, coupled with the ingenuity and agility of customer response offered by small firms, makes NHO 8(a)s attractive vendors and business partners." (source: nhoassociation.org)

Effective October 3, 2016, the SBA made a final rule to expand the HUBZone program to assist small businesses in disasters areas and base closure areas and provides equal treatment under the HUBZone program for small businesses owned by NHOs. Eligible NHOs can now support the SBA in promoting economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities. (www.sba.gov)


NHO Information and Procurement Advantage (this title is hyperlinked to our FOCs Procurement Advantage webpage)


Foundation Headquarters:

1600 Kapiolani Blvd.

Suite 530

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 944-3885

Corporate Services:

12565 Research Pkwy.

Suite 300

Orlando, FL 32826

(407) 475-3841

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