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Our Mission

The Hawai‘i Leadership Forum is dedicated to broad and durable improvements across Hawai‘i.


Effective leadership is essential to creating a more resilient Hawai‘i.

New dynamics are altering what successful leaders will need in the future: global affects local, technology makes information ubiquitous and instantaneous, and impact networks work alongside hierarchies. For Hawai‘i to prosper, we need to develop new leadership skills and new cadres of leaders.

Toward that end, the cornerstone program of the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum—Omidyar Fellows—is designed to enhance connections among leaders and improve their desire and capabilities to mobilize other individuals and organizations who can create these broad and durable improvements across Hawaiʻi.


What we do

Omidyar Fellows. Taking on Tomorrow for Hawai's Future

The Omidyar Fellows program seeks to cultivate the conditions in which Hawai‘i thrives by enhancing connections among leaders and improving their desire and capabilities to mobilize other individuals and organizations who can create these broad and durable improvements. Since launching in May 2012, eight cohorts have completed the curriculum phase of the Omidyar Fellows program and have become fully engaged in their ongoing and enduring commitment to the Forum of Fellows.

This active network of 115 leaders and change makers are dedicated to making positive movement on Hawai‘i’s most pressing issues. The cumulative effect of this extraordinary opportunity has the promise to be a life changer for Fellows and a game changer for the people of Hawai‘i.


Hawai‘i Leadership Forum partners with SMALLIFY, led by Dave Viotti, to offer coaching, facilitation, capacity building, and other supports to Fellows and their colleagues and teams. The intention is to accelerate and expand participants’ impact, cultivate relationships across their networks, and strengthen their capacity for innovation.

SMALLIFY works with impact project teams comprised of Omidyar Fellows and other community leaders who have a collective challenge they want to address.

These sessions use SMALLIFY’s method and approach to community-centered innovation and moving work forward through action to achieve results. The SMALLIFY process focuses on six essential factors for transformative change:

1. Clear “Guiding Star”—the anchor purpose or long-term impact goal

2. Strong leaders, teams, and trusted partners

3. Commitment to “Small Bets that Matter”

4. Co-Development of solutions with communities to meet authentic community needs

5. Leveraging opportunities where this energy or urgency in the system for change

6. Staying anchored in a Growth Mindset

Our People

Board of Directors


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We are currently hiring for an office and administrative associate.
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Hawai‘i Leadership Forum

700 Bishop Street, Suite 1701
Honolulu, HI 96813