Donor Spotlight

John and Sally Lyles

John Lyles was born in Fresno, California, in 1945. His father and two uncles had formed a pipeline construction company following World War II. In a UCSB Spanish class, John met Sally (a Punahou alumna); they married in 1970 and moved back to Hawaii shortly after.

In Hawaii, John began working with his mother-in-law on the then-new 27-story condominium, 2033 Nuuanu, honing his skills as a property manager. Around that time, John worked for Theo H. Davies & Co. on the completion of the Davies Pacific Center. However, when the Center was sold to The Hongkong Land Group, he moved companies as well, continuing his tenure in property management. Years later, John formed the American Land Company. Paving his way in the niche market of overseas property owners, American Land Co. they represented their client’s best interests. John worked on projects such as Pauahi Tower (in Bishop Square), the historic renovation of the C. Brewer Building, and the Punahou Cliffs Condominium, among others. In 2018, alongside Fred Moore, John formed a new entity: AutoPark Hawaii, Inc. This new venture seeks to bring advanced technology to the parking industry with the goal of reducing traffic congestion in Waikiki. 

A little over 10 years into working in Downtown Honolulu, on days that particularly felt like things were not  “going well”, John would take his lunch hour and pull out $100 from the bank and walk it down to IHS when it was then located at 127 Beretania St, often conversing with Fr. DuTeil. At the time, his donations felt like a self-professed “sacrificial exercise” as he tried to start different company ventures, with the fourth one sticking and proving quite successful. 

Now, some years later–over 40–John and Sally have generously donated a generous gift of $100,000. Taking an alternative path from traditional philanthropy practices, they chose to give this gift now rather than creating an endowment. A decision that did not come lightly, but at its heart, from the desire to ensure their hard-earned money is given to an organization that is doing good work and paying it forward.

Mahalo nui loa, John and Sally, thanks for believing in our mission then and continuing to be part of our ‘ohana all these years later.

Corporate and Foundation Supporters in FY23

July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
$100,000 +
Aditi Fund
Aloha United Way
$50,000 +
Atherton Family Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
George P. & Ida Tenney Castle Fund
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Nareit Foundation
The Gift Foundation of Hawaii
Zilber Family Foundation
$25,000 +
Bank of Hawaii Foundation
The Cades Foundation
Ellen M. Koenig Memorial Fund of the HCF
Hawaii Pacific Health
The Jhamandas Watumull Fund
The Pettus Foundation
$10,000 +
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Bright Funds
First Hawaiian Bank Foundation
G.N. Wilcox Trust
Hawaii Foodbank
Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery Inc
Jean & William K. H. Mau Foundation
Keith & Polly Steiner Family Foundation
Movie Museum
Order of Malta Western Association USA
Robert L. Keller and Betty Jean Keller Charitable Foundation
The Ben And Miriam Lau Foundation
$5,000 +
5 Minute Pharmacy LLC
Aiea United Methodist Church
AT&T Hawaii
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Dearonne and Pamela Bethea Foundation Gift Fund
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Ernest & Margaret (Peggy) Kai Charitable Foundation
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
Honolulu Lodge No.616 BPOE
Kualoa Ranch Foundation
Lotte Championship
Mary & Paul Wagner Charitable Fund of the HCF
Mary Lou Cecil Charitable Trust
R.M. Towill Corporation
Rinell Wood Systems Inc.
Serendipity II Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation
Southwest Airlines
Thomas & Elizabeth Brodhead Foundation
Thomas & Sumie McCabe Foundation
$2,500 +
Atlas Insurance Agency Foundation
A-1 A-lectrician, Inc.
Buzz’s Original Steak House
Century 21 iProperties Hawaii
Chung Kun Ai Foundation
D.R. Horton
Engineering Employees Services Corp
Foodland Super Market, Ltd.
Harmony Chapter #4, OES
Hawaii Council of Churches
Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation
InSynergy Engineering, Inc.
International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
Ivena M. Ziegenhein Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation
The John and Maria Laffin Trust
Kaikor Construction Co.
Kakatu Foundation
Knights of Pythias, Mystic Lodge #2
KY International Inc
Matson, Inc.
Monsanto / Bayer Fund
The Moore Financial Group LLC
Pacific Rainbow Foundation
Par Hawaii, Inc
Pikake Foundation Inc
Planning Solutions, Inc.
Roger and Helen MacArthur Foundation Fund of the HCF
ROSES Systems Solutions
Soroptimist International of Honolulu
Steve and Gloria Gainsley Fund of the HCF
United Way Worldwide
Wade and Harue McVay Family Foundation Fund of the HCF
Yasuko Mitsuyasu New Year’s Day Meal Fund of HCF
Yuen-Matsumoto IHS Endowment of HCF
$1,000 +
American Academy of Family Physicians
Armstrong Foundation
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hawaii Realty
Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell
Dr. & Mrs. L.Q. Pang Foundation
Gardner & Patricia Bemis Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
German Benevolent Society of Honolulu Charitable Fund HCF
Green Drop LLC
GU Hawaii Club
Hawaiian Isle Real Estate
HawaiiUSA FCU Foundation
Iolani School
Jayar Construction, Inc.
Kailua Lodge #2230 BPO Elks
Na Lei Aloha Foundation
Nakashima Ching LLC
Pohai Nani Good Samaritan Society
The Feldstein Foundation
The Honolulu Friends Meeting