The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Ho‘okupu Center (fka Green Jobs Training & Community Center) strives to revitalize Hawai‘i’s communities by providing local youth with tools to reach their full potential as next-generation leaders and environmental stewards. Located in Kewalo Basin Park, where many of Honolulu’s freshwater streams meet and create a vibrant fishery, the Ho‘okupu Center is also meant to nourish our community. The Hawaiian word ho‘okupu, or “offering,” holds another meaning: “to make sprout.”
Inspired by both definitions, the Ho‘okupu Center is an offering to the community and a place where Kupu programs develop Hawai‘i’s next generation of environmental stewards. The center’s aim is to move Hawai‘i toward a more resilient and pono (virtuous) future by engaging its youth members and the broader community in service and ‘āina (land)-based education.
The Ho‘okupu Center’s facilities support Kupu programs, offering youth real-world and transferable job-skills training in the conservation and culinary fields. Housing a commercial kitchen, training rooms, classrooms and meeting spaces, the Ho‘okupu Center also offers opportunities for the broader community, such as new and innovative events, exhibitions and educational workshops, and engagement in conservation, sustainability, Hawaiian culture and community service.
A sustainable facility, the Ho‘okupu Center includes a Net-Zero energy rated photovoltaic system, an EV charging station, farm-to-table preferred cuisine and natural lighting systems.
Kupu’s $6 million fundraising goal for the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center has now been achieved thanks to the tremendous leadership and support of our Capital Campaign Cabinet.
Rich Wacker – American Savings Bank, President & CEO
Meredith Ching – Alexander & Baldwin, Senior VP of Government & Community Relations
Tim Johns – Parker Ranch Foundation Trust, Trustee
Alan Oshima – Hawaiian Electric Company, President & CEO
Don Anderson – YMCA of Honolulu (retired), Past President
Micah Kāne – Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, CEO
Race Randle – The Howard Hughes Corporation, Senior VP of Development
Crystal Rose – Bays Lung Rose Holma, Partner
Kathleen Thurston – Thurston Pacific, Inc. (retired), Owner & President
Tyler Tokioka – Island Insurance Companies, VP of External Affairs
Eric Yeaman – First Hawaiian Bank, President & COO
Lance Wilhelm – The Wilhelm Group, LLC, President
Jack Wong – Kamehameha Schools, CEO