Our Mission

The Hawaii Autism Foundation (HAF) educates and helps Hawaii families find and fund treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and develop resources that will assure our children have the tools and transitional support they need to reach their full potential and thrive as adults.

What We Do

  • Hawaii Autism Foundation funds programs for people diagnosed with autism and their Ohana here in our lovely islands.
  • HAF proactively sparks collaborative program development and accepts requests from non-profits looking to increase their effectiveness for the autism community.
  • We are dedicated to working with current non-profits and service providers to help increase their capacity to address underserved needs.
  • HAF does not independently run programs. We do not replicate or compete with social service providers; we partner with and strengthen them.

The Board

With deep aloha, we welcome Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece, honorary Hawaii Autism Foundation board members. Laird is a world famous extreme water sports athlete and a big wave surfer with a big heart. He helped raise money and awareness for the making of the film Beautiful Son by paddling and biking the length of the Hawaiian Islands, as documented in the film “Path of Purpose.”

Gabrielle Reece is a powerful woman. She sparked a generation of women to understand that being physically strong is an ideal for beauty. She is an American professional volleyball player, sports announcer, fashion model and actress. They continue to show support and love for Hawaii’s children with autism.

Board Members


President and Co-founder
Julianne King

Cynthia Bartlett

Ann Dewey

Don King (Co-Founder)
Christie Sousa

Executive Director
Shannon Pucci