About ProjectFocus Hawaii
ProjectFocus Hawai’i, Inc., a non-profit Hawai`i corporation, was founded in 2005 on the premise that everyone needs a voice, and no one needs it more than a child who has much to say. At ProjectFocus Hawai’i,  photography is used to teach at-risk children to express and gain perspective on their experiences. The program strives to enhance self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-reflection, all critical components in fostering the resilience necessary to make a fulfilling life from challenging ingredients.



Collectively, ProjectFocus Hawai`i's participants have suffered poverty, homelessness, drug addition, prostitution, substance abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, life-threatening illnesses, physical and cognitive challenges, mental illness, incarceration, domestic violence, and the death of one or both parents. The ProjectFocus Hawai`i internships and resulting exhibits are testaments to our participants’ resilience in the face of extreme adversity.

ProjectFocus Hawai`i's current direction includes partnering with Kapi Ľolani Medical Center for Women & Children to create the 2013 “Wall of Hope” exhibit (opening at the hospital on November 7, 2013) and The Care Center of Honolulu (formerly The Convalescent Center of Honolulu) to produce an exhibit featuring 20 of their residents and patients.

ProjectFocus Hawai`i is independently funded through monetary and in-kind donations received from the generous support of foundations and community and business leaders. Co-founders and professional photographers, Laurie Callies and Lisa Uesugi, raise all funding and oversee and run all aspects of the program.