02 May Charitable Foundation #02 – KUPU
Charitable Foundation #02 – KUPU
KUPU’s mission is to empower youth to serve their communities through character building, service learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with Ke Akua (God), self, and others.
Founded in 2007, KUPU is a local NPO (non-profit organization). The word “Kupu” means “to sprout, grow, germinate, or increase” in Hawaiian. Much like the Kupukupu Fern (of the same name) —one of the first plants to bring life back to the land after a devastating lava flow— KUPU’s heart is to bring life back to the people, land, and ocean while restoring the larger community for a better tomorrow. In response to the growing needs of Hawaiʻi’s communities to train up the next generation in natural resource management, renewable energy, energy conservation and other green job skill sets, KUPU is predicated on the Hawaiian concept of ma ka hana ka ʻike, “in working one learns.”
Programs and Activities
Bring dreams and hope to the next generation of Hawaii through education, and work on various programs related to environmental issues
[ HYCC ] – Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps
The Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps is centered on environmental conservation, restoration, education, and cultural awareness. HYCC gives individuals the opportunity to work outdoors with environmental agencies across Hawai`i and learn the principles of natural resource stewardship, while gaining valuable experience, knowledge, and skills that assist them in continuing their life pursuits. HYCC houses four sub-programs—the Summer, Frontiers, Extended Internship and Education Awards Service Programs.
[ RISE ] – Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment
A collaborative effort addressing two paramount needs for Hawaiʻi: “local job creation” and “sustainable development”. In order to develop high-paying fellowship opportunities for higher-education students and graduates seeking professional experience, RISE works closely with private, public, and non-profit partners while managing the “hiring, HR, technical skills training and the mentoring.” Also addresses Hawaii’s most pressing issues including “transportation, sustainable schools, green businesses and government, green house gas pollution, and clean energy” through Bike-share programs, food waste mitigation and coastal restoration. www.risehi.org
[ E2U ] – Environmental Education to You
E2U is an environmental education program aimed towards engaging students and the community in stimulating, educational and hands-on activities and curriculum that will broaden their knowledge of conservation and sustainability, engage them in service, and help to inspire the beginning of higher education and a career in natural resource management or a related field.
[ CU ] – CommunityU Program
Equip under-resourced young adults ages 16-24 with the experiences, education, training, and support needed to become productive members of society with a heart to serve and positively impact the community around them. Participants find purpose and motivation to take their next steps forward in life when CommunityU enables them to work in the lo’i mud, restore fishponds, plant native species, or carve papa kuʻi ʻai (traditional Hawaiian poi boards) throughout the island of Oʻahu.
The second donation period runs from 1/1/2016 to 12/31/2016 and a portion of all sales will be donated to the above charitable foundation “KUPU.” Detailed information and donation amount will be announced at the showroom and on the website on January 2017.