Wounded Warrior Ohana

Wounded Warrior O'hana is not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wounded Warrior Ohana

Since 2014, the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Wounded Warrior Ohana has provided enriching experiences for our wounded and injured military members, veterans and their families. We support high-quality events that contribute to the overall health, safety and enjoyment of our wounded military veterans and their families. The Wounded Warrior Ohana is an all-volunteer organization, which means 100 percent of your support directly benefits our wounded veterans and their families.

Our Mission

To honor and remember those who sacrificed so much for so many.

MAKANA (Grants)

The Warrior grant program was developed to help and assist our Wounded Warrior families with everyday needs and issues. The program will include grants for things such as a repair or replacement of appliances, Home or car repair, making a home Handicap accessible, education support such as books or other related needs, handicap vans or other forms of transportation. This program was established to fill a hole that no Government agency private Veterans organization currently does in the state of Hawaii. This program Expands Wounded Warrior Ohana's mission and enhances the support we can give to our Warriors and their families.


Dick Rankin, President: Dick is a retired army COL., a retired teacher at Iolani School and Viet Nam Veteran

Don Inouye, Vice President: Koa Beach Services

Rich Ares, Treasurer

Eugene "Gene" Peles, Secretary: US Army Retired, Managing Executive, Hawaiiana Management Company, and Gulf War Veteran


Denny Watts - US Navy, Principal with DWC construction Advisors and Viet Nam Veteran

Richard Ares - US Army Retired, Financial Services Professional at New York Life & Securities, LTC USA (Ret)

Kathy Nirei - 'Iolani High School Liaison Raiders for Wounded Warriors

Joe “Mac” McNamara

Lourdes de Armas

Steve Jensen - Chaplain US Navy (Ret): Commander, nonprofit advisor

Jesse Ryan Kawela Allen-  US Army 95-99, Equity First Realty Principal Broker/Owner

Helen Gibson Ahn Former HQ USARPAC Soldier and Family Quality of Life Specialist.


I would like to say that the WWO has helped to get me back out and socializing.  It is an outstanding organization that brings wounded warriors together from the various services.  Meeting and networking with other wounded warriors is an important part of the recovery and healing process.  Getting together at the various events helps remind you that you are not alone in your recovery.  The recurring events give you something to look forward to, whether it be the event itself, meeting new people, or talking story with the regulars.  The WWO not only takes care of the service member but their caregiver as well.  Joey and I are thankful for all the WWO has done for us and and are honored to be a part of the ohana.
I am pleased to write a letter in strong support of the excellent and critically important work you and your colleagues are doing for the wounded warriors of Hawaii. I have had the opportunity to consult with you and your team of volunteers for the last two years. Your much needed initiatives to provide socialization programs for wounded veterans and their family members such as taking them to Luaus , Magic shows, Easter egg hunts, beach outings , catamaran cruises , sporting events , and the like,  are a much valuable outreach effort. I am a clinical psychologist who has worked with service members who have been diagnosed with PTSD and related co-occurring psychiatric disorders for several years. ( See www,melissainsitute.org/scientific-articles-by-author    Scroll to my name)..  I can attest that the interventions you provide are a major way to bolster resilience in these families.   I applaud your efforts and strongly encourage your patrons to continue their financial support.  I look forward to continue consultation with your dedicated group. Sincerely yours, Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami, Florida
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.