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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 held a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 5, 2018 (left to right): Micah Kane, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Kamehameha Schools; Ian MacNaughton, The MacNaughton Group CEO; John Neff, Kupu Board Chair; John Whalen, HCDA Chair , Barron Guss, ALTRES President & CEO; Corbett Kalama, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation VP of Real Estate Investments and Community Affairs; John Leong, Kupu CEO and co-founder; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; First Lady Mrs. Dawn Ige, State of Hawai’i; Rich Wacker, Kupu Capital Campaign Chair; Race Randle, The Howard Hughes Corporation Senior VP of Development; Julianna Rapu-Leong, Kupu co-founder; Representative Ty Cullen

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.

Capital Campaign Cabinet

 

Campaign Chairman
Rich Wacker – American Savings Bank, President & CEO

Vice Chairs
Meredith Ching – Alexander & Baldwin, Senior VP of Government & Community Relations
Tim Johns – Parker Ranch Foundation Trust, Trustee
Alan Oshima – Hawaiian Electric Company, President & CEO

Members
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

Emeritus Members 
Lance Wilhelm – The Wilhelm Group, LLC, President
Jack Wong
– Kamehameha Schools, CEO
Nick Vanderboom

 

Current Organizational Supporters

 

A.C. Kobayashi Family Foundation Inc.
Adventist Health Castle
Alaska Airlines
Alexander & Baldwin
ALTRES
American Savings Bank
Atherton Family Foundation
Bank of Hawaii Foundation
Big Ass Fans
Concrete Coring Company of Hawaii
Cooke Foundation, Limited
Deloitte & Touche LLP
DRFortress
Finance Factors Foundation
First Hawaiian Bank Foundation
Friends of Kewalos
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Hawaii Gas
Hawaiian Cement
Hawaiian Electric Company
Hawaiian Electric Industries
Hawaiian Telcom
HMSA
Honolulu Professionals Foundation
Irongate
Island Flooring
Island Insurance Foundation
J. Kadowaki, Inc.
Kamehameha Schools
Leidos/Hawaiʻ i Energy
MacNaughton Foundation
Masayuki & Harue Tokioka Foundation
Matson
McInerny Foundation
Revolusun
Saltchuk Resources
Servco Foundation
State of Hawaiʻi
Stupski Foundation
Sunetric
The Queen’s Health Systems
Ulupono Initiative
Ward Village Foundation
Watanabe Ing LLP
WCIT Architecture
Wilson Okamoto Corporation