Remembering Hal Jones

Hal’s varied life enabled him to relate to both the powerful and the powerless. He served in the US military, graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii, served as a State Representative to the Hawaii Legislature. He went on to build what eventually became the largest real estate firm in Hawaii. After leaving real estate he went to volunteer overseas and founded GHNI with Lana in 2000 after serving in a refugee camp in Pakistan.

As a loving husband and father, family was incredibly important to Hal. We appreciate your thoughts, love, and prayers for them as they grieve this great loss. Hal is survived by Lana, his wife of 52 years, and by their 4 children and 16 grandchildren. 

“We have lost a one-in-a-million, extraordinary, visionary, inspiring, and compassionate man, who I already miss very much.” 

Read more of Lana Jones' statement here.

Global Hope Network International was launched with the purpose of, “Bringing help and hope to the hidden and hurting.” Since 2000, Hal has impacted the lives of thousands living in impoverished and rural villages across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He believed it was possible to give communities the tools for sustainable development and hope for a better future free from the cycle of poverty. Hal also launched the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) which continues to train upcoming leaders to shape their nations through the values of truth, freedom, and compassion.

“The legacy that he leaves should be an encouragement to all of us in this time of mourning. Hal spent his life loving and serving the poor and the least among us.  He was truly a visionary and man of conviction who inspired so many to take action and do right in the world. His love and passion infused everything he did. We live in a better place because of him.” 

Read more of the official statement from the Board of Directors here

We are so grateful for this vision that Hal and Lana established within GHNI and we are committed to pursuing this work that he loved - transforming communities.

Thank you Papa Hal.


Update from Lana Jones, Co-Founder of GHNI

Lana Jones will continue to serve with GHNI both in a guiding capacity on GHNI’s US and Geneva Boards, but also in the day-to-day operations within the communications and staffing areas. 

Read more about her statement, here.