Hawaii Sustainable Land & Water Organizations

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Sustainable Organizations Assisting Hawaiian Land & Water.

The land & ocean nurture our all of us, all species.  The organizations & associations below strive to maintain a sustainable Hawaii.  Below are some of the prominent Hawaii sustainable groups making a difference throughout the islands.

One Island Sustainable Living Center

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 One Island is a non-profit sustainability project with a flagship organic farm in Honaunau, West Hawaii and a sister center in Kapa’au, North Kohala, both on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are hosting collaborative Green Living programs focused on learning to practice a more sustainable lifestyle right where you live and work, every day.

The Fellow's Ship

The Fellows’ Ship (Fellowship) was built by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawaii and operates in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Services Center and Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Papahanaumokuakea Division, and the Atherton Family Foundation. Its overall purpose is to form a new cadre of qualified marine conservation leaders for Hawaii’s future by providing fellows with a hands-on learning experience in the world of marine conservation.  The Ship’s course and daily maintenance are overseen by the Marine Fellowship Program, whose objectives are as follows:

  • Provide two years of on-the-job training that combines mentoring by senior program staff and peer-to-peer learning;
  • Strengthen core competencies in traditional Hawaiian and contemporary science-based resource stewardship;
  • Provide direct experience through community-based projects and field work; and,
  • Enable graduates to compete successfully for positions in marine resource management in the local job market.

Kanu Hawaii

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Kanu Hawaii
1050 Bishop Street, #504
Honolulu, HI 96813

Kanu Hawaii is a movement of everyday people, launched in 2008, working to protect and promote the things that make Hawaii special - a connection to the 'aina, a culture of aloha, and local self reliance. We strive toward change rooted in kuleana (responsibility) - a commitment to "be the change" even as we encourage change in others. To date, tens of thousands have joined the movement, committing to change in their own lives and standing together in campaigns focused on compassion, energy, food, waste, and civic engagement.

Starting with forty; starting with ourselves.

But like all things, we grew from humble beginnings. Kanu Hawaii was founded by a group of forty who worried about Hawaii's future and believed deeply in its potential as a source of lessons for the world. We were troubled by the degradation of natural resources, our growing economic insecurity, and the fading of tolerance and aloha — a loss of the very things that make life in Hawaii special.

At the close of that gathering we made commitments to each other, pledging specific steps to help Hawaii achieve its promise. We held each other accountable, measured our impact whenever possible, and searched for ways to work together.

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

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Hawaii sustainable organizations, hawaii sustainable associations, eco livingSustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH) is a registered 501(c)(3) powering forward with the mission of inspiring local communities to care for their coastlines through hands-on beach cleanups.”

SCH was formed in February of 2011 by a group of surfers, divers, sunbathers, and general ocean lovers that were inspired to give back to the coastlines that had given them so much. These ocean loving individuals were interested in tackling the problem of marine debris while inspiring stewardship of the coastlines. The core members of SCH recruit and train volunteers, educate schools and community groups on solutions for reducing plastic pollution, and collaborate with like-minded partners to create inventive ways to combine community service, education, and most importantly……..fun.

Kokua Hawaii Foundation

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 The Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaiʻi.

Our mission is to provide students with experiences that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the earth.

We support hands-on learning activities that engage their senses and make lasting impressions on children’s minds. We believe our keiki are the seeds of change to preserving and protecting our beautiful islands.

If you would like to learn more about Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation's mission and programs please peruse our site. You can also view the following slideshow featuring our recent projects and the many faces that have made them possible.

Hawaii Seed

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hawaii sustainable organization, hawaii eco living, hawaii sustainable associationHawai‘i SEED is a nonprofit organization and coalition of grassroots groups, farmers activists and community from five islands working to educate the public about the risks posed by genetically engineered organisms and to promote diverse, local, healthy and ecological food and farming. Our island groups include GMO-Free Kaua‘i, GMO-Free O‘ahu and GMO-Free Maui.

We support sustainable agriculture and GMO labeling legislation, create educational and awareness-raising initiatives such as our book Facing Hawai‘i’s Future and local seed exchanges, and help to create a robust network of information-sharing and action across Hawai‘i around this issue.

Hawai`i SEED incorporated as a non profit 501(c)(3) in September of 2005.

Surfrider Foundation

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Thirty years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

Since our inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to protection of the ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.  

Today, we are measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. We have 84 chapters, plus 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists around the country. We are working on about 100 different campaigns in four areas: beach access, water quality, coastal preservation (coastal development) and protection. Armed with a model to defend the coast, we have achieved a record of 297 victories (and counting) since 2006.

With times of uncertainty, it hasn’t been easy. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Our work is critical. And, our long-term success and growth is a tribute to our founders’ vision: that taking on an environmental battle may not be easy, but with constant pressure, endlessly applied, it can, and will, be won. The key to this is what makes our organization unique...

Big Island Surfrider

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Kauai Surfrider

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Maui Surfrider

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Oahu Surfrider 

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