Hawai‘i Hearts

Off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi Mariska Hargitay first experienced her own heart awakening—a meaningful, healing connection to her own potential. The beauty of Hawai‘i and its healing power inspired Mariska to bring to life her vision for Joyful Heart.

Hawaiʻi serves as a special place to progress in our work to see a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Much of this work has been made possible by the generous support of our Hawaiʻi Hearts—a committee of volunteers with a strong affinity for our mission and vision. Hawai‘i Hearts have played a key role in expanding our connections to build a future of peace and healing throughout the state.

Current Hawaiʻi Hearts:

Kristen Chan, Co-Chair
Stephanie Johnson
Karen Polivka, Co-ChairLynn Lally
Loan ArceJill McLean
Leland ChesbroRachel Ross
Michele DominickJeanie Schmaltz
Sydney Fernandez Fasi Nicole St. George
Brynn Foster Wanda Watumull
Stacey Hee HughSherry Harper Wong
Kim Hehir 
Nalani McLaughlin Holliday 



As we have grown as a vibrant organization since 2004, our presence in Hawai‘i has allowed us to: 

  • Directly assist over 12,800 survivors and the professionals who serve them through healing and wellness retreats and workshops.
  • Serve over 800 individuals from more than 25 local organizations through our Heal the Healers programs.
  • Form a Hawai‘i Advisory Committee to inform our work in the community.
  • Launch One Strong ‘Ohana in partnership with the Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund. It is the most comprehensive child abuse and neglect public awareness campaign in Hawai‘i to date.
  • Provide Namelehuapono Wahine for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, integrating Hawai‘ian values, traditions, and practices with other healing approaches.


“Living here in Hawai‘i, we know that there is something wonderful and powerful in the islands. So when I first learned about Joyful Heart and their work here, I knew immediately I had to get involved. In my time participating I’ve seen women heal and felt souls open. I’ve witnessed soft smiles give way to newfound laughter and fear give in to trust. I heard women say they felt better than they had ever felt. Anyone who has had their light turned off deserves the tools and the people to help turn it back on.”  

- Nalani McLaughlin Holliday, Hawai‘i Hearts Co-Chair 

We invite you to read our accomplishments reports about all of Joyful Heart's recent accomplishments in Hawai‘i and across the country.

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