08 Oct Kupu Celebrates Ho’ahu 10th Anniversary
Hawai’i Business and Community Leaders Gather to Support Organization’s Environmental Education Programs
HONOLULU – Last night, Hawaiʻi’s leading environmental education non-profit organization Kupu, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a unique outdoor, interactive dining and entertainment experience at the historic Kewalo Basin Net Shed.
“For more than ten years Kupu has helped Hawai‘i’s youth by providing hands-on experiences in conservation and sustainability,” said John Leong, CEO of Kupu. “As we look toward the future, our Green Jobs Training & Community Center at the Net Shed will ensure that the next generation of environmental stewards will continue to support their communities and care for the environment.”
More than 300 of Hawaiʻi’s business and community leaders attended the event emceed by Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee and Miss Hawaiʻi Outstanding Teen 2017 and Kupu program alumna Maia Mayeshiro. Award-winning musicians John Cruz and Nakanikoʻolau were also joined by celebrity chefs Joseph Almoguera & Mark Miura (Prince Waikiki), Nina Jarrett (Kaimuki Superette), Alex Le (Pig & the Lady), Eddie Mafnas (Aloha Poke Shop), Robynne Maii (Fete) and Mark Noguchi (Pili Group). Kupu Culinary Program’s inaugural class of youth participants helped prepare and serve food for the event, following the one-week pilot program.
Every year, the local non-profit organization provides hundreds of paid internships, providing hands-on service learning and job training opportunities in conservation and sustainability throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Since 2007, Kupu has served more than 3,500 youth and generated nearly $70 million in economic benefits to the state through volunteer hours, conservation efforts, and scholarship and employment opportunities.
The event helped raised funds to support Kupu’s youth programs. Funds will also go towards the organization’s HO‘AHU Capital Campaign to renovate the Kewalo Basin Net Shed into a Green Jobs Training & Community Center.