Welcome to the NEW Mālama Hawai‘i, the voice of the guardians of our islands.  We have been organized as a network since 2000.

With over seventy organizations and hundreds of individuals in our network, we are committed to the vision that Hawai‘i, our special island home, is a place where the people, land and sea are cared for, and communities are healthy and safe.

Mālama Hawai‘i has launched an aggressive strategic and social networking plan, public awareness campaigns, educational programs, community surveys, and events to support the good work already being accomplished in our communities.  Our network is meant to serve as a directory for the community to connect and participate in the efforts being made.  It is also meant to be a resource to these groups and organizations, to support and promote their work and rally support from the com

We serve to inspire, and be inspired by, the people of Hawai‘i to mālama (care for) our island home, through a partnership that enriches our lives and our children's future.   Our work will integrate the environment, health, education, justice, culture and the economy; and celebrate the strength of community.

Our work is grounded in the beliefs that:

  • Caring for our home, the place we love, enriches our lives
  • Living on islands requires balancing and integrating human needs with the limits of nature.
  • Quality of life is physically and spiritually linked to the land and sea, which connect us to our ancestors and to all the generations that will follow.
  • We must hold our islands in good stewardship for our children.
  • The universal values and traditions of Native Hawaiians, our host culture, be recognized, respected and perpetuated.
  • It is important to act upon and provide positive and accurate information in all we do.
  • Our success will be based on our ability to remain inclusive and trustful of one another.
  • Our directions and strategies will be determined by the needs and wants of our community.
  • Community-based initiatives will transform Hawai‘i.
  • We will take action that increases public awareness and produces useful results
  • Organizations that have made a commitment to malama Hawai‘i

To join the organization, contact our coordinator. If you would like to be informed of events and news related to taking care of Hawai‘i, or would like to attend our next general meeting, please register with the Mālama Hawai‘i email network.

Mālama Hawai‘i is supported by grants and the work of core volunteers from many different organizations.

Guiding Human Values:

To Care for, Protect MĀLAMA

To Love, have Compassion, Respect ALOHA

To Share with each other, be Generous LOKOMAIKA‘I


To take Responsibility HO‘OKULEANA

To seek Knowledge IMI‘IKE

To Nurture a deep sense of Justice NA‘AU PONO

Our History

Mālama Hawai'i as a partnership has many origins. It began with the word itself long ago, and with many separate good works being achieved in our community that began seeking alliance.

Most recently, it began a few years ago with two separate efforts.

The first was spawned by the Polynesian Voyaging Society as the 25th anniversary of Hōkūle‘a, Hawai'i's first reconstructed deep ocean voyaging canoe, was approaching.

Considering what their course and destination would be for the next 25 years, PVS felt that their challenge for the next century was to find a context in which our voyaging heritage and canoes can bridge the values of the past and the needs of the future. Through this desire, an educational effort called Mālama Hawai'i was born, focusing on stewardship and learning how to live well on islands and care for the ocean, our coastlines, our land and --of course-- our people.

At the same time, a small group of conservation organizations began searching for ways to combine efforts so that they could better reach Hawai'i's communities to build support for Hawaiian conservation. This effort was fueled by a small planning grant that was obtained after the 1996 Hawai'i Conservation Forum where the idea of a collaborative partnership was first conceived.

These agencies, the Secretariat for Conservation Biology (which is part of the UH Center for Conservation Research and Training), the Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Bishop Museum, and the US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, began to map out strategies to reach the public and build a visible partnership that could help carry the messages about the importance of taking care of our islands' land and ocean resources for the future. Nameless, this public awareness group realized that to succeed, it needed to reach out to community groups and non-conservation organizations.

In September 1999, these efforts merged, creating today's growing partnership. On the summer solstice, June 21, 2001, sixty partners signed their memoranda of agreement at Hanaiaka Mālama, Queen Emma’s Summer Palace in Honolulu.

Where we've been:

Since then, many, many people and organizations have joined in the effort - 72 organizations and more than 100 individuals-- contributing their time, energy, and ideas -- to build a framework to manifest a simple vision: That Hawai'i be a place where the people, land and sea are cared for and communities are healthy and safe for all.

Now the early organizations are a part of a much longer list of partners with a mission of action, to support and integrate the good works already taking place in our community and to celebrate the strength of community.

The partnership seeks to integrate and connect conservation with education, justice, culture and the economy; five elements from Hawaiian tradition that make up a healthy community.

In simple terms, Mālama Hawai'i is about mainstreaming the notion of stewardship. Providing a way so taking care of our islands - and each other - is not an afterthought - but an integrated way in which people live, policies are made, and kids are educated.

Malama in Action

Kamaile Academy

The haumāna (students) of Kamaile Academy, a K-6 public charter school serving the Wai‘anae area of O‘ahu, are living examples of great resolve and commitment to learning through culture. With the support of their kumu (teachers), the haumāna are integrating the lessons of the wa‘a (canoe) into their daily lessons.


Just one case in point is the creation of their Hōkūle‘a Voyaging Garden. The haumāna asked themselves, if they were voyaging what food sources would they need aboard the canoe. Once they determined what they wanted to take with them on their wa‘a, they researched how to grow the selected food crops. With this knowledge, they then planted their own māla (garden), experimenting how best to grow the plants in the Wai‘anae climate.

The haumāna were kind enough to invite Hōkūle‘a crewmembers for an overnight pā‘ina (party) to celebrate their connection to the ‘Ohana Wa‘a (family of the canoe).

A Special Message