She's our #1 cuddle bug! We met Pua-Piper when she was 3 months old (still at her mom's side), and she captured our hearts. Our first true love! Her kind eyes serve as a gateway into the depths of her sweet, warm, and incredibly cute soul.



She's our #1 glam girl! She may sport buttons and bows, but she comes by her charm and gentleness naturally. Her flash grabs your attention, but her personality speaks volumes to your heart. She quietly enjoys her job, and we adore her.

Tutu Roxy-roo


She's our all-around #1. At 24 years, she's our matriarch!! A rock solid sweetie pie, she's also fluffy, fun, and a veteran when it comes to comforting! She's been there, done that, and wants to do more! Everyone loves Roxy!!


Comfort -- in training

He's our #1 brave adventurer! Full of panache, his personality packs a punch! He's determined and not afraid to lead the way! Barn cat drinking from his water bucket — no worries, he'll march over and stop the nonsense.


Comfort -- in training

He's our #1 rascal. The smallest and youngest. He's happy-go-lucky with a twinkle in his eye. He's a natural blend of the others. We have a few tricks up our sleeve and they just might become part of his repertoire.

We aspire to provide comfort and enhance the health and well-being of people facing challenges (medical or otherwise) through community outreach and interaction with miniature horses.

Mahalo Miniature Horses
501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
GET ONE, GIFT ONE  ($10 donation)

GET ONE, GIFT ONE ($10 donation)

We created a tangible takeaway to complement our Outreach Programs and assist with fundraising. In addition to featuring two of our miniature horses, we share a little bit about Hawaii and our hometown, Ewa Beach! *** We've gifted SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, ONELAU'ENA (Emergency Family Shelter in Kalaeloa/Barbers Point), ONEMALU (Transitional Shelter in Kalaeloa/Barbers Point), RESPONSIVE CAREGIVERS OF HAWAII (in Kalaeloa/Barbers Point), and BARBERS POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

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"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!" Winnie the Pooh

Keiki Care Kits

We're focused on the children at Onelau'ena -- the EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER in Barbers Point/Kalealoa!! We've committed to DONATING a "KEIKI CARE KIT" to each child upon arrival!! Starting now (Sept 2022), we're delivering 12-15 Keiki Care kits each month to the shelter!

Our Goal

This EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER is in our own backyard! Our goal is to provide a little happiness into the hearts of children transitioning into the shelter.

Yes! You can HELP!

Simple. Sponsor a part or piece of the kits. Make a difference!

Parts and Pieces

EACH Keiki Care Kit contains: 1.) YELLOW BAG (small size from Don Quijote store) -- $1.99 each. They are waterproof and sturdy and the kids can reuse them to hold soap or shampoo etc in the community shower. 2.) MAC & CHEESE X 2: Single servings, prepackaged in a bowl that can be cooked in the microwave and eaten directly from the bowl. No pot or pan needed and room comes with a microwave. 3.) MANDARIN ORANGES X 2: Single servings, can be a something similar (pudding etc. but not chocolate due to possible mess). 4.) JUICE: Single serving, can be water or shelf stable milk. 5.) APPLE SAUCE: Single serving 6.) GUMMY BEARS: Single serving, can be similar treat (cookies!). 7.) SPORK: Utensil for immediate use. 8.) WASH CLOTH 9.) MINI HORSE STUFFED ANIMAL 10.) MAHALO MINI COLORING BOOK 11.) BOX of CRAYONS: Currently sponsored by the shelter as they previously received a large donation of crayons. MAHALO!!


Expect more information soon about our Mahalo Pickleball Programs!

Valerie Van der Veer

Founder and President

Lindsey Vandolah

Founding Member and Vice President / Treasurer

Abi Tan

Founding Member and Secretary


Our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available for 2022. We welcome adult volunteers at the stables on Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat (mornings or afternoons) to assist with Horse-Keeping. Volunteers interested in helping with Fundraising or Grant Writing can work from anywhere. If you're interested in Community Outreach, the world is your oyster!! We're interested in your ideas! The dates and locations for volunteers for specific programs will be dependent upon the activity or visit. HORSE-KEEPING: Help with any of the following! Grooming Exercising Turning Out/In Cleaning Paddocks and Water Buckets Preparing Feed Painting Fences and sheds Mowing FUNDRAISING/GRANT WRITING: Help identify and apply for grants Assist with fundraisers COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS: Assist with Events and Activities Create Costumes Decorate Develop or Create new outreach programs


1. Must be 18 years or older. If under 18 then a parent or guardian must also apply as a volunteer and partner with the underage volunteer. 2. Rules and safety procedures (written or otherwise) must be followed. 3. Closed toe shoes or boots must be worn (no slippers, sandals, or flip flops). 4. Long hair must be in a ponytail, braid, bun, or some variation. 5. Cell phones should not be used while handling the miniature horses. 6. Cell phones should not be used during a Comfort Visit or Community Outreach Program. 7. Posting photos or comments related to Mahalo Miniature Horses, staff, volunteers, participants, or the facility to social media is strictly prohibited without permission from Mahalo Miniature Horses. 8. Ear buds should not be used. 9. Jewelry should be minimal and not dangly. DOWNLOAD RELEASE FORM for review and signing.

What is the difference between a pony and a miniature horse?

PONIES are usually distinguished from normal horses by their stature and size. Compared to horses, ponies often have thicker coats, manes, and tails with shorter legs and a thicker neck.

MINIATURE HORSES are bred to look like a full-sized horse on a much smaller scale. Usually a slimmer build and longer legs.

Generally (but not always), ponies are ridden but miniature horses are not.

How can I contact you?

EMAIL MahaloMinis@gmail.com

CALL or TEXT 808-799-5698

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE (or send a message)

How can I help?

We're a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation assists us with paying our insurance, van, gas, and the day to day upkeep for two of our five miniature horses.

Opportunities for adult volunteers can be found on this website. We're looking forward to developing volunteer programs (for keiki and kupuna pairs) but we haven't gotten there quite yet! 

Who pays?

All TRAINING, CARE, and WORK related to our organization is done by volunteers. We do not have any paid employees. Three of our five miniature horses have long-term sponsors who pay for all of their expenses.

Our Community Outreach Programs are supported by generous donors.

We anticipate hosting a FUNDRAISER in April 2023 and we continue to pursue grants in order to assist with growing our Community Outreach Programs and improving our overall organization.