Ho'ahu Capital Campaign for Kupu's Green Job Training Center

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Kupu is seeking funding for its Ho'ahu Capital Campaign to build a first-of-its-kind Green Job Training Center on the Kewalo, Kaka'ako waterfront. The site is on State land that has been committed to Kupu for the long-term at $1 per year. The Center will position Kupu to keep up with the growing demand for youth services in our community while building the workforce needed to facilitate growth of the green economy throughout Hawaii. With conference rooms, classrooms, and workshop space, it will serve as a hub for Kupu’s award-winning programs training young adults on all islands to build a more sustainable future for Hawaii. Kupu’s Green Job Training Center will lead by example as a LEED Certified Green Building with net zero energy usage, hydroponic food production, waterfront coastal preservation, and other educational displays and demonstrations of sustainable techniques. The campaign will also make enhancements to the positive haven for Oahu’s at-risk youth that has been established at the facility, where high school dropouts are receiving mentoring and successfully earning their diplomas because of Kupu’s alternative learning setting emphasizing environmental service and Hawaiian culture. Furthermore, the Center will provide facilities for micro-enterprise, including a commercial kitchen and food truck that will feature locally sourced produce to educate the public about sustainable agriculture; create valuable job training and income opportunities for Kupu’s at-risk youth; and provide the means for local farmers to bring their products to market and for local chefs to be featured during “pop-up” events. Finally, Kupu’s Green Job Training Center will provide much needed community space in the heart of Honolulu in order to practice cultural stewardship (poi board carving, canoe construction, poi pounding, imu cooking, etc.); enhance the surrounding Kaka'ako neighborhood; and bring our youth, Kupu’s 80+ partners, and other stakeholders together to promote and incubate innovations in environmental stewardship and island sustainability. Learn more at http://kupuhawaii.org/ho-ahu-capital-campaign/.

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Kupu was founded in 2007 with a heart to develop the next generation of leaders who have the experience, knowledge, passion, and character necessary to build a more sustainable future for Hawaii. Predicated on the Hawaiian concept of “maka hana ka ike”—in doing, one learns—Kupu’s unique, experiential programs teach leadership skills, a lifelong environmental mindset, cultural awareness, and civic engagement while also creating opportunities for young adults to gain vital work experience and professional skills in the green jobs sector. 


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 God (Ke Akua), self, and others.”

Community Impact

Kupu runs four major programs (HYCC, RISE, CommunityU, E2U) providing approximately 250 service learning, internship, and fellowship positions in the natural resource management and sustainability industries annually. Kupu reaches youth and young adults on all islands of Hawaii generally ranging in age from 16-30 and with a median age of 20. To date, the lives of more than 2,600 alumni have been positively influenced by Kupu. The organization’s total staff averages at 20 people, and when taking into account paid youth members, Kupu maintains about 120 people on payroll at any given point with seasonal influxes.

Over 80 partner organizations throughout the state benefit from the efforts of Kupu’s members, such as the Federal US Fish and Wildlife Service and EPA, State Department of Land and Natural Resources and Department of Education, private entities like Energy Excelerator, and both national and community-based nonprofit groups such as The Nature Conservancy and Papahana Kualoa. Forty-eight of these partners have also hired Kupu alumni.

Since its founding in 2007, Kupu’s cumulative economic benefit to Hawaii has totaled to $42 million dollars. For every dollar invested in the organization, three dollars in benefits are given back to the community.  Last year alone, the value of the following has amounted to almost $7 million:

  • 233,816 hours served by Kupu’s members
  • $477,159 in college and continued education funds distributed to Kupu members
  • $1.37 million in living allowances and wages earned by Kupu members

Kupu’s impact last year further extended to:

  • 869,359 acres of parks and publics lands stewarded by Kupu members
  • 11,177 volunteers engaged by the organization
  • 533 educational workshops and presentations led by Kupus members and reaching 18,155 community members
  • 107 trainings and professional development events that Kupu members participated in 

Board Members




John Neff, President

President-Hawai?i Region, Penhall Co.

Kaulana Park, Vice President

Senior Project Manager, Rider Levett Bucknall

Bradley Totherow, Treasurer

Vice President, Cadinha & Co., LLC

Julianna Rapu Leong, Secretary

Co-Founder of Kupu

Owner/Principal, Pono Pacific Land Management, LLC

David Matsuura, Member at Large

Owner, Orchid Isle Nursery

Kathy Thurston, Member at Large

Owner & President, Thurston Pacific, Inc.

Michael Wilson, Member at Large

Supreme Court Justice, State of Hawaii

Kim Gennaula, Member at Large

Executive Director of Advancement, ‘Iolani School




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