HCF Announces Changes to Hawai‘i Island Office

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Diane Chadwick has been promoted as HCF’s director of community philanthropy for Hawai‘i Island. Courtesy photo.

Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) has announced several changes to its staff as well as a new office location in Hilo.

Diane Chadwick has been promoted to director of community philanthropy and Chelsey Chow to philanthropy officer of HCF’s Hawai‘i Island office. The community nonprofit is also welcoming Malu Debus to its team as philanthropy officer.

HCF’s office in Hilo has moved to 99 Aupuni Street., suite 214. Debus and Chow will work from the Hilo office and Chadwick will remain in HCF’s Waimea location.


“HCF’s board of directors recently approved a new call to action that allows us to focus deeper on critical issues facing Hawai‘i Island’s community” said Micah Kāne, CEO and president of HCF. “These changes will empower our team to further serve communities across the island and will allow us to engage in dialogue with community leaders and partners to identify the most compelling issues and needs on Hawai‘i Island.”

Chadwick has 27 years of experiencing working at HCF and 17 on-island. In her new position as director of community philanthropy she will lead HCF’s community outreach and development efforts on Hawai‘i Island.

Chow is a Mililani, O‘ahu native and will lead grantmaking for HCF’s scholarship, advisory committee and field of interest funds. She will also serve as the point of contact for scholarship fund donors and grant-seeking organizations.


Debus is a Hilo native who will oversee the stewardship of donor advised funds and legacy donors. She will also lead outreach and event coordination efforts.

“The community has called on us to take a deeper look at the critical issues that our diverse island faces and to create a framework for the changes that can be of greatest impact,” said Diane Chadwick, director of community philanthropy at HCF. “We look forward to collaborating with our leaders, donors, businesses, and nonprofits on this new direction to support the needs of our beloved island community. Our combined philanthropic experience and community knowledge will be a great benefit to the capacity of investments in our communities.”

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