Giving is a tradition in Hawai‘i, extending as far back as the original ancestors and including the many people and cultures that have since arrived on our shores. Chances are, you or someone you know has been a beneficiary of the generosity of others; chances are you also have given to people and causes that are important to you. And because of giving, our community thrives, lives are made better and a sense of ‘ohana is nurtured.
A legacy is a special form of giving, usually created as part of the estate planning process when wills and trusts are used. A legacy can also be beneficiary designations for retirement plans, life insurance and similar financial tools. A legacy is a way of leaving a footprint on your world for the betterment of those who will follow.
Examples of famous legacies in Hawai‘i include the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children, founded by Queen Kapi‘olani, and the Honolulu Museum of Art, founded by Anna Rice Cooke.
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii is to fight chronic kidney disease in Hawai‘i through many innovative programs and services. The foundation is pleased to join with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to encourage all of us to make our own legacies. Find more information at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org or www.kidneyhi.org and select the “Gift Planning” button.