We established the annual “Aloha Friday” event in 2017! On the chosen Friday, eye centers throughout the nation allow staff to wear casual, Hawaiian themed attire to work as a fun activity to benefit our worthwhile organization that provides eye exams and surgeries to underserved villages throughout the Pacific and beyond. Each staff member is asked to participate by donating a minimum of $5 for casual wear or dress-up privileges on Aloha Friday. Each practice can create a festive environment by ordering lu’au decorations and leis from one of many websites, none of which have any affiliation with HEF. A list of these is available on request. HEF fundraising flyers are also available if the practice is willing to invite their patients and vendors to also participate.

All proceeds will sponsor surgery for blind patients in rural regions worldwide. Over 20,000 charity surgeries have been performed since HEF’s inception in 1984. The Hawaiian Eye Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit that also provides training programs to ophthalmologists in SE Asia. More recently, our efforts have reached the Dominican Republic, Yap, the Federated States of Micronesia, and communities in Mexico. Establishing continuing education programs is crucial for long-term vision care. HEF also has four sustainable clinics that provide year-round care and participate in HEF’s telemedicine program.

We encourage the practice to provide a charity match donation, another opportunity to receive a corporate tax deduction, knowing the funds are used to restore vision to the blind. Each practice is also welcome to invite their patients, reps and family members to also participate. HEF is happy to provide wording and posters for your use in email blasts, donation boxes, website ads, etc. Please send all raised funds and photos to 95-717 Kipapa Dr. #23 Mililani, HI 96789 to receive a tax donation letter.

If you’d prefer to donate online, here is our GoFundMe campaign link . Be sure you indicate what practice/center/business you’re donating on behalf (if applicable). Please Donate and Share!

Happy Aloha Friday! #spreadalohagivesight

Check out the fun, festive photos from our previous Aloha Fridays for ideas!