Brief Introduction

Reading is Fundamental, Honolulu, Inc. (RIF-Honolulu) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 100% of all donations to RIF-Honolulu are used exclusively for our Oahu program! Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

• Encourages a love of reading through book ownership for children
• Provides 16,000 books a year to K-3 students in under-resourced communities
• Is an all-volunteer organization
• Has no paid staff members

Your gift of $75 funds the distribution of books to 1 classroom, $150 funds 2 classrooms, and $300 funds 4 classrooms!

The Latest

  • The 2015-16 school year begins!


    Preparation for the 2015-16 school year is well underway. Our 16 schools have selected their distribution dates and our corps of 66 dedicated volunteers are ready to visit the individual classrooms and get the children excited about reading! The principal at Nanaikapono Elementary School said, “The RIF Program volunteers convey their love of reading every time they come to the school, and our students embrace their enthusiasm.”

    Although our primary focus is kindergarten through third grade, we have expanded our program to include preschool classes established by the Department of Education at 3 of our schools: Nanakuli, Linapuni and Waiahole.

    Mahalo to our volunteers and supporters for helping us show children that reading is fun as well as fundamental! As one student wrote last year, “RIF, RIF, you’re the best. You’re the best to east to west.”