In partnership with social workers in Hawai’i cancer centers, Make Lemonade Project awards financial aid grants to local cancer survivors fighting hard for their lives. Cancer treatment costs an average household $80k-$100k in the first year of diagnosis. Too many of us simply cannot shoulder such a catastrophe. On top of the stress and fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis, worrying about rent and mortgages, food on the table and becoming too sick to work is the last thing any cancer fighter should be giving much needed energy to.

Make Lemonade Project is a symbol of hope, resilience and strength in honor of cancer survivors close to your heart as well as those you haven’t yet crossed paths with. Together, we can help cancer patients find their new normal, fight heal, and squeeze those lemons.


Michael Darling, Co-Founder, Ex-Officio
This organization was inspired by and perpetuates the legacy of Michael Darling.

John Uekawa, Board Chair
President, CEO, New City Nissan

Diane Paloma, Vice Chair
CEO, Hawai'i Dental Service

Ngoc Nguyen, Treasurer
Director of Strategic Finance, Hawaii Telcom

Debbie Ng Furuhashi,Secretary
Vice President/Trust Officer, First Hawaiian Bank

Kelsey Nishi Darling, Co-Founder, Ex-Officio
Executive Director