Gift Guide / There are many amazing local non-profits. Here are just a few inspirational organizations that could use your physical or financial gifts.
Instead of buying videogames for your keiki this year, take advantage of Hawaii’s year-round sunlight and let them do some exploring outside. Visit the serene Hawaiian fishpond located in Heeia Koolaupoko. PaePae o Heeia, a foundation established by a group of young Hawaiians, has partnered with Kamehameha Schools to keep the fishpond healthy for the community. Pae Pae o Heeia is always looking for volunteers of all skill levels.
Hoa ‘Aina o Makaha, also known as “Makaha Farms,” is an educational program in which 600 students at Makaha Elementary learn how to farm and how to take care of the land. One grade per day follows a planned curriculum aligned with Department of Education standards. This empowering program gives students more than just a school garden–it gives them a school in the garden.
Kaala Farms in Waianae has a diverse array of programs, which flow from their core fourth grade education program at The Cultural Learning Center at Kaala. Their mission is to reclaim and preserve the living culture of the Poe Kahiko (people of old) in order to strengthen the kinship relationships between the land and all forms of life necessary to sustain the balance of life on these vulnerable islands.
The Kokua Foundation strives to provide students with experiences that will enhance their appreciation for their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the earth. Give the gift of a Kokua membership and receive a receipt/mahalo letter for your tax-deductible donation, a Kokua Hawaii Foundation “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” sticker, a Kokua Hawai’i Foundation tote bag, a one-year subscription to “The Bulletin Board” (the KHF e-Newsletter) and advance notice and presale ticket information on Kokua events.
Malama Maunalua is a community-based group that has emerged to create a marine education and resource stewardship program for the Maunalua region of southeast Oahu. Volunteers are trained in and dedicate hours to monitoring benthic cover, water quality, juvenile fish populations, invasive alien algae removals and community outreach.
The Windward Ahupuaa Alliance (WAA) created the Koolau Greenbelt & Heritage Trails System in order to restore, protect and provide public access to the mauka lands on the Windward side of Oahu. WAA’s mission has expanded over the years and currently needs volunteer support of all skill levels.