WHO WE ARE
Kupu is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Kupu in Hawaiian means “to sprout, grow, germinate, or increase.” Much like the Kupukupu Fern (of the same name), which is 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. Founded in 2007, Kupu was developed 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.”
2014 Annual Report
WHAT WE DO
Kupu provides service-learning programs in industries like conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, and sustainability. These programs are a catalyst to support the over 80 partner sites throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin we serve. Through these programs, Kupu aims to teach youth vital work skills as well as leadership, responsibility and learning to serve the community, incorporating vocational training, educational degree achievement and service learning.
Kupu provides hundreds of paid internships, engages up to 17,000 volunteers, and provides more than $9 million benefit to Hawaiʻi through its programs annually. This includes over 230,000 service hours and close to a half million dollars in college and continued education funds to Hawaiʻi’s youth.