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One Hui

Dear Dreamers and Dream Makers,

On a remarkable bright Monday in Honolulu, a brilliant group of courageous, inspired leaders from across academic, government, military and business sectors assembled as a ‘HUI’ with one SHARED PURPOSE – to provide a transformational life-changing program to ‘at-risk’ middle school age ‘Keiki’ (youth) from economically disadvantaged communities in Hawaii to provide OPPORTUNITY through INCLUSION, EQUALITY, and ACCESS, to pursue and live the AMERICAN DREAM!

The luncheon brimmed with love, passion and determination to kickoff the 2022 University of Hawaii Youth Impact Programs, the fifth year of the YIP for Boys under the leadership of Rainbow Warriors Football Head Coach Timmy Chang AND the first-ever Youth Impact Program for Girls led by Rainbow Wahine Basketball Head Coach Laura Beeman, the latter in conjunction with the historic 50th anniversary of Title IX!

UH Women's Basketball Laura Beeman

University of Hawai’i women’s basketball head coach Laura Beeman will lead the YIP girls’ program

The passion of this HUI to come together and join ranks with the shared purpose combines the values and discipline of U.S. Army and Marines with the team-building aspects of athletics led by the University’s NCAA student-athletes. Participants learn valuable life skills that foster Character Development and Academic Enhancement.

“I am excited to launch this groundbreaking Hawaii Youth Impact Program for young female athletes,” said Head Coach Laura Beeman. “I am inspired by the outpouring of support for YIP that brings together student athletes, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines, educators, businesses and restaurants to make a difference and impact the lives of our youth in our community.”

The program is free to participants and provides STEM based academics, school supplies, uniforms, two meals per day, transportation to and from the university, equipment, and exposure to the University of Hawaii. To make this happen, it took the full commitment and support of the HUI resulting in a degree of support unmatched in YIP’s 17-year history. The extraordinary force of goodness and togetherness for the betterment of the Keiki.

Youth Impact Program Timmy Chang

  University of Hawai’i Head Football Coach Timmy Chang will spearhead the YIP boys’ program

“I am honored to be part of this amazing program for at-risk youth that makes classroom learning relevant by using football and sports terminology,” said Head Coach Timmy Chang. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of these young athletes to be inspired by NCAA athletes, real men and women who serve in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines, and local business leaders and we are excited to host and welcome them all to our UH campus and field.”

We share why we do what we do, who the champions we associate with to do what we do and to Launch new creations of big dreams to be lived. We are grateful for our Champions that led to gather our community leadership to join our HUI.

We celebrate our Champions starting with YIP Board Member Sharon Brown who has remarkably brought forward our biggest donor of First Hawaiian Bank, The President, the Chairman, and the CEO Mr. Bob Harrison joined us with his Executive Vice President Cameron Nakota joined us a collaborator.

Hosting all of us and being the rock foundation of every one of our programs here in Hawaii is the recent named Hall of Fame chef of the Culinary Institute of America, Roy Yamaguchi. Roy is a man of greatness of what he does and that is build teams and execute teams in excellence to be the best in his field in the world. He is an immigrant that came from nothing and with American Grit made his Dreams happen, lived his Dream and Gives his Dream. Roy has led the local Hawaiian chef and Restaurant contribution to our YIP to create, cook and deliver over 4,000 meals and provide them to the program for free. Roberts Hawaii and many champions from Honolulu have joined us to fully fund our two concurrent Hawaii Youth Impact Programs.

Youth Impact Program UH 2022 Riki Ellison

YIP Founder Riki Ellison speaking on the launch of the first-ever YIP girls’ program

We have full support from the Mayor of Honolulu Rick Balgiardi, an extraordinary leader and extra special champion for our Hawaii Youth Impact. We have a true believer and contributor from the conception of this great program Hawaii State Senate President Ron Kouchi, instrumental in representing the State Government in our strong friendship.

The leadership and partnership with the University of Hawaii its President Dave Lassner and Athletic Director Dave Matlin. Both leaders have gone extra to make UH available and in full support of their coaches, their student-athletes, and their facilities made available for this cause, this impact, and this access to these young children of our community in Honolulu.

We have support from instrumental YIP board member former Senior Enlisted Leader for Indo-PACOM Anthony Spadaro who is been side by side with our relationship building of champions here in Hawaii and across our mainland to provide critical members of our YIP teams.

To best execute with excellence our two programs we introduce our critical core leadership – The new Head Football Coach – Timmy Chang, the legacy Woman’s Basketball Coach Laura Beeman from the University of Hawaii Athletics. From US Army Pacific, we have Brigadier General Mark Holler, CSM Neil Sartain of the 94th AAMDC and Marine Sgt Maj Anthony Lopez of CLB 3 who provides passion, belief, and commitment.

The candor, the truth to power was enlightening and foundational. Each of them will be contributing a vast amount of young, accomplished leaders, champions, and winners to bring the absolute best out of this team in perseverance, trust, and excellence.

YIP Youth Participant, Daven Mellem-Sale, 7th grader from Nanakuli

 YIP Youth Participant, Daven Mellem-Sale, 7th grader from Nanakuli

Leading excellence with excellence is our National Director Trey Johnson who in Hawaii has deep ownership and cultivated this program as the first program director and the US Army champion selected by US Army Pacific to bring his full skill set as a former Colonel Ranger to create champions in leadership development and implementation of YIP across the Nation.

We had two of our experienced YIP staff with us to include one of our four Great teachers Joe Lileikus who starts our first class off with the Preamble of the United States Constitution and our ferocious leader of the Boys Program Darien Mitchell.

Our shining light of new head coach with all the enthusiasm and high energy that he played with as the starting QB for UH and NCAA record thrower, Hawaii YIP comes in at the foundational floor of his era. The polar North Star no question is Coach Beeman who is taking her head coaching vacation off to run this program for the girls – Simply remarkable and we are graced to have her full leadership buy in as she wants to lead and have responsibility of this first every girls program led by her student athletes.

We too shinned a new light with having one of our recent YIP Youth participants, Daven Mellem-Sale, 7th grader from Nanakuli introduced by Lena Conrad who has recruited most of our homeless children and ‘at-risk’ children into our program for the past five years.

To top everything, we had the best media coverage we have ever had with both Channel two and Channel four on Prime Time News. Having my USC teammate John Kamana’s niece, the Channel 4 TV reporter Lia Kamana was extra special, and she did a wonderful job as you can see in the link below.

Winners associate with Winners to Win! We are an Association of Winners, Believers and Dream Makers.

With gratitude, we thank our sponsors for being Champions of our HUI.


Mahalo Nui Loa……

Title Sponsors:

First Hawaiian Bank and Roy Yamaguchi


Additional Sponsors:

Alexander & Baldwin

The Lry Foundation

Halm’s Enterprises

Hawaii Volcanic Water

Island Insurance

Jenai and Roger Wall

Office Depot

Oahu Waste Management

Marcus Mariota’s Motiv8 Foundation

Sharon Brown

Stanford Carr Development

Roberts Hawaii



Eating House 1849

Duke’s Waikiki

Papa Johns

Pancakes & Waffles

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Big City Diner

Kapa Hale

Foodland Farms Ala Moana

Chef Chai


TBD…by Vikram Garg


Pizza Hut


Koko Head Café

MW Restaurant | Artizen by MW

BASALT Restaurant at Dukes Lane Market & Eatery

Queensbreak – Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Hula Grill Waikiki

Nami Kaze Izakaya & Sushi Bar

Miro Kaimuki

Maile’s Thai Bistro


Moani Waikiki




Riki Ellison

Founder and Chairman

Youth Impact Program

515 King Street, Suite 330

Alexandria, VA 22314

Permanently Impacting Our Nation’s At-Risk, Inner-City Youth