What is RIF?

Reading Is Fundamental, Honolulu, Inc. (RIF-Honolulu) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves children in areas on Oahu.

RIF-Honolulu:
• Encourages a love of reading through book ownership.

• Provides 16,000 books a year to K-3 students in under-resourced communities on Oahu.

• Is staffed entirely by volunteers.

100% of all contributions to RIF-Honolulu are used exclusively for our Oahu children’s reading program.

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FEATURED STORY:
Kahalu’u Elementary’s Monkey Pod Tables and Benches

Many years ago, Uncle Eldean Kukahiko lived across the street from Kahalu’u Elementary School.  He attended the school as a boy, and through the years his family stayed close to the school, and his grandchildren also attended.

Uncle Eldean was a pastor and kupuna at the school, befriending both students and teachers, as well as teaching ukulele.  Several years ago a large monkey pod tree, planted in the 1960s on the campus, blew over during a storm.  Uncle Eldean had an idea.

He got permission from the city to harvest the tree and use the wood. The school’s parent community helped him find a wood worker who sawed  and milled the wood into planks.  Uncle Eldean decided to teach his best friend, Peter Fields, how to turn the planks into tables and benches.

This was a lucky decision, because half-way through the project, Uncle Eldean passed away.  The tables, benches, and poi boards were completed by Peter Fields at the Parks and Recreation area in Kahalu’u.

Now, two lovely long tables and four benches grace the Kahalu’u Elementary School Library with their beautiful shapes and rich grain.

The students sit at them every day, and the RIF volunteers especially like coming to Kahalu’u Elementary to sit at the tables, and to look over books and enjoy the delicious snacks provided by Ms. Kobashigawa and Mr. Nakaoka.  Students in every grade pound poi on the beautiful monkey pod poi boards twice each year, led by Uncle Eldean’s wife, Aunty Darlene.

The Latest

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Donation

    On a beautiful sunny day recently, these ladies of the Lambda Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented RIF with a generous $500 donation at the Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach. One of their members is a teacher at Kamaile Elementary, a school that RIF Honolulu serves. Some other members who are retired might be interested in volunteering with RIF.

    Fun tidbit: The Lambda Chi Omega Chapter was chartered on March 24, 1978 in Honolulu, the same year RIF Honolulu was founded!
     
    L to R: Latitia Byrant (AKA/LCO former president), LaTonya Conkleton (AKA/LCO vice-president), Susan Fuller (RIF Honolulu president), 
    Faye Haraguchi (RIF Honolulu web admin), Tabidrik Reed (AKA/LCO recording secretary) 
  • Happy Holidays!

    The national RIF organization sent us this card, saying, “Thank you for joining with Reading is Fundamental to spread the JOY of reading this season and all year long.”

  • ☀️It’s Summer, Keep on Reading!📚

  • I Opened A Book