Hale Paʻi Aʻi Food Pantry

Open every Friday, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm, in the Portable Building 22, Room 101.

Food pantry services are available to any UH Hilo studentin need of food assistance. Stop by Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai during hours of operation with your UH Hilo student ID to receive a food pantry ID card.

Who is eligible to receive services?

Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai services are available to any UH Hilo student in need of food assistance. All we ask is that students use Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai services only as needed so we are able to serve as many students in need as possible.

How does it work?

Food distribution system:

  • Participants are allowed one visit per week (Fridays).
  • Food items are color coded and labeled based on three categories:
    1. snack items (blue label)
    2. one meal items (green label), and
    3. multiple meal items (pink label).
  • Participants are allowed up to 6 items per visit. *Note: Two (2) pink label item limit per visit.
  • Please bring a reusable grocery bag for your grocery items.

How do I access services?

Stop by Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai at Portable Building 22, Room 101, during hours of operation with your UH Hilo student ID to receive a food pantry ID card, or to validate your existing food pantry ID card. After your initial visit, only the food pantry ID card is needed to receive services. All we ask is that students use Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai services only as needed so we are able to serve as many students in need as possible.

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Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai Support Programs

  • Pop Up for Hunger Program: The Teapresso Bar at the Library Lanai is the first food and beverage vendor participating in this program. A portion of Teapresso Bar drink sales support Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai operations.
  • Mystery Shopper Program: Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai participants receive a Sodexo meal card valued at $10 to evaluate Sodexo’s food service program.
  • Hana Hou Catering Program: When available, Sodexo will donate leftover food from catering events to Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai program participants.
  • Swipes for Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai Program:
    • Students with Sodexo meal plan flex points can donate their unused flex points to Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai at the end of spring semester.
    • Sodexo converts the unused flex points into food donations for Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai.
    • This past spring semester, UH Hilo students donated unused flex points valued at $3,130 to support Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai .
  • Pau Hana Truck Grindz Program: When available, UH Hilo’s food truck vendors will donate leftover food to Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai program participants at close of business.

More About the Program

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is a situation where consistent and reliable access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.

“Food insecurity among college students is a growing concern for campuses across the nation. Simply stated, hungry students have a harder time learning and graduating. And the stresses of paying for college all too often mean students don’t have enough money for the food they need. We face this serious issue across our University of Hawaii system as well”.
- President David Lassner (April 24, 2018)

How is UH Hilo addressing food insecurity?

UH Hilo’s new food pantry, Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai will provide services to students in need of reliable access to food.

“Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai”

The name Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai was created in collaboration with Larry Kimura, Hawaiian language professor and cultural practitioner from UH Hilo Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani, which eloquently describes the food pantry program’s vision to provide students with a welcome place to receive an offering of food. Hale Pa‘i ‘Ai is not intended to supply all food a student needs for the week, but will provide supplemental food to students in need of this type of support.