In partnership with a different non-profit organization each year, ProjectFocus Hawai‘i conducts an annual twelve-week photographic internship for a maximum of fourteen at-risk children, ages ten through eighteen. Over the course of the internship the children are both the subjects and photographers. Their hard work culminates in a series of public exhibits, staged to a professional standard, that are held at multiple island venues. Participants receive their photographs and a coffee table book containing their collective images. This year’s non-profit partner is Down Syndrome 'Ohana Hawaii.
Laurie Callies and Lisa Uesugi are professional children’s photographers and co-founders of ProjectFocus Hawai`i. They raise all funding and oversee and run all aspects of ProjectFocus Hawaii’s twelve-week internship.