The Open Arms Harbor iso-quarantine hotel started in response to a cry for help from individuals and ʻohana that have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 and who have no place to go. Operating out of the former Harbor Arms Hotel, the Open Arms Harbor launched through a collaboration with the Department of Health and the City and County of Honolulu in November of 2020.

Many people in our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community live in multigenerational homes, making it difficult to isolate without endangering their loved ones safely. The Opens Arms Harbor provides a safe and compassionate place for healing, with staff who perform daily wellness checks, meals, and case management care to connect guests with resources within the community.



50% +

guests are from NHPI community, dampening the spread of COVID-19 among the hardest hit community in Hawaiʻi.

A place to heal

aiding individuals who have tested positive or been exposed to Covid-19 to isolate and quarantine from their healthy loved ones.


individuals and ʻohana at risk of homelessness and food insecurity.


Hired and trained NHPI team; strengthening Hawaiʻi's workforce.



During these difficult times, Partners in Development Foundation is committed to continuing our services to the best of our abilities while striving to ensure the health and safety of our staff, program families, and communities. Below are services to connect you with covid-relief resources. 

WAO Helpline (808) 913-1364
  • Helpline
    • Live helpline open daily from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Available in five Pacific languages
    • Reachable at (808) 913-1364
  • Culturally and linguistically-tailored COVID-19 education and awareness efforts
  • Assisting individuals and their families in accessing state quarantine and isolation facilities, training, testing, and contact tracing
  • Social service support in housing, health, food, supplies, and other needs
Aloha United Way 211

Aloha United Way 211 is Hawaii's only comprehensive statewide community information and referral service. Free and confidential.

211 Specialists help you find food, shelter, financial assistance, child care, parenting support, elderly care, disability services, job training, and much more.

Connect with an information  and Referral Specialist by:

  • phone by dialing 211
  • texting 877-275-6569
  • chat or 
  • email info211@auw.org, 

7:00 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week, or search their database online 24/7 viahttps://www.auw211.org/s/ 

Hawai'i C.A.R.E.S. 1 (800) 753-6879
  • Hotline:
    • Open seven days a week
    • 24 hours a day
    • Reachable at 1 (800) 753-6879  or by texting ALOHA to 741741
  • A free hotline to assist people:
    • Who are experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. 
    • Need support with placement in a treatment center.
Queenʻs Medical Center Covid-19 Infoline (808) 691-2619

Call the Queenʻs Medical Center Infoline at (808) 691-2619 to speak to a registered nurse about Covid-19.

  • Live Infoline open daily from Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m and Saturday/Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this year to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households can receive up to $50 a month towards broadband service and up to $75 for households on Hawaiian Home Lands.

The program is limited to one monthly service discount. Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating Hawaii internet service providers if they contribute a minimum of $10 towards the purchase price.

How to Apply:

  1. Contact your internet service provider directly to learn about their application process and what benefits they will offer.
  2. Apply online at GetEmergencyBroadband.org.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application and mail it with your proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742



Protecting the health and well-being of our program families and staff is our top priority. That's why we strive to be proactive to minimize the impact of COVID-19. We work in tandem with our leadership, program managers, and our boots-on-the-ground staff to ensure we are taking every precaution and follow all state and county guidelines.

As we journey through COVID-19 together, our thoughts and prayers go out to all our families in our program and State.



20 for the Next 20: Josie Howard

February 12, 2021

We are so proud of our mentee program, We Are Oceania’s Executive Director, Josie Howard, who was selected for Hawaii Business Magazine’s “20 For the next 20,” honoring people whose talents, accomplishments and potential set them apart as emerging leaders of Hawaiʻi for the next 20 years.

PIDF Covid Response PSA

January 19, 2021

Since the onset of the pandemic, PIDF jumped in to help close the gap between those who have access to resources and those who don’t. This PSA shares PIDF’s outreach and ways to support our communities.

Open Arms Harbor on KHON2

December 31, 2020

The Harbor Arms “Open Arms Harbor” iso-quarantine hotel opened in response to dampen the covid cases. Watch the story by Living808 on KHON2.

WAO launches live helpline

October 1, 2020

In addition to their one-stop shop that offers food, health, housing, employment assistance and more, WAO Provides Covid-relief resources like a live helpline to Micronesian and Pacific Islander Communities.