Mālama Hawai‘i gathered in its entirety for the first time at an inaugural event, which is alternatively referred to as the “birthday” or the “launch.” Sixty partners signed their memoranda on the summer solstice, June 21, 2000, at Hanaiakamālama, Queen Emma’s Summer Palace in Honolulu. Since then, 18 more organizations and hundreds of individuals have joined Mālama Hawai‘i to help make our special island home, be a place where the land and sea are cared for and communities are healthy and safe for all people.
‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi
We are a group of concerned people (Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians) who have devoted ourselves to activities which promote the preservation of native species and ecosystems, and which promulgate the importance of the native environment to our Hawaiian culture. We intend to provide a voice in our com-munity that is both responsible to Hawaiian cultural values and practices, and also reflects accurately the scientific tenets and practices pertaining to conservation issues.
Ahupua‘a Action Alliance
‘Awa Development Council
The ‘Awa Development Council (ADC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. The ADC is devoted exclusively to educational, science, and religious activities. Our motto is I Maluhia ka Honua (So that the world may be at peace).
The Bishop Museum was established in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop to honor the memory of his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum holds in trust for the public the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i and he Pacific.
Our mission is to provide innovative centers of education in order to help tell the story of Hawai‘i, its people, and its natural and cultural history. In support of the mission and vision of Mālama Hawai‘i, we offer educational programming, public exhibits, the Bishop Museum Press, and a website to disseminate to the community the importance of our host culture and caring for our island home.
Community Links Hawai’i
Community Links Hawai‘i provides the following services to organizations in Hawai‘i: fiscal sponsorship, backoffice administrative support, technical assistance for capacity building, management services for major government contracts and grants.
Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance
(formerly Secretariat for Conservation Biology)
Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources
Our primary mission at DLNR is to safeguard and manage the natural and cultural resources that are so critical to our quality of life here in Hawai‘i. To help us achieve our mission, we are blessed with two wonderful assets: our committed, professional staff, and the concerned people of our communities who play an active part in helping us perform our crucial duties.
Despite our best efforts, many essential resources are sadly taken for granted, such as our supply of fresh drinking water. Only in times of severe weather do we appreciate dams built to protect our homes. And all too often, we appreciate the special things we have only after they are lost, such as eroded beaches or species that have become extinct.
As partners working toward a common goal, we can raise public consciousness and foster an appreciation for the resources of our State. Public education is one of our best tools for protecting and managing our resources.
Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association
Definition of "ecotourism" as defined by Hawai‘i Ecotourism Association: "Ecotourism is nature and culture-based tourism which is ecologically sustainable and supports the well-being of local communities." We support and foster: "E Mālama," our published guidelines calling for the caring for Hawai‘i, its people and its environment today and in the future."
Honolulu Botanical Gardens
The mission of the Honolulu Botanical gardens is to perpetuate rare and "common" native Hawaiian plants, as well as wonderful, interesting, rare and endangered plants from around the world. We also plan, develop, curate, maintain and study documented collections of tropical plants for the purposes of conservation, horticulture, botany, education and passive recreation.
We depend on volunteers to enhance, maintain and share our five gardens (Lili‘uokalani, Koko Crater, Foster, Wahiawa, and Ho‘omaluhia) in different microclimates on the island of O‘ahu. We want to help people know about the gardens and welcome them to visit and own their public botanic gardens.
‘Iliahi Foundation of Hawaii
The Iliahi Foundation of Hawaii's mission is to conserve, protect, and restore the indigenous trees of the Hawaiian Islands.
We are actively engaged in conserving, protecting and restoring indigenous native species of trees in the Hawaiian Islands including ‘iliahi (sandalwood), wiliwili, koa, kamani, kauila and ohia. One key objective involves restoring the genus Santalum freycinetianum tree species of iliahi sandalwood which populated the Hawaiian Island of O‘ahu in large numbers for millions of years before the first people arrived from far overseas.
We promote the conservation, preservation and restoration of indigenous flora in Hawai’i through research, education and reforestation.
Mālama Learning Center
The Mālama Learning Center is a shared vision among educators, conservation groups, businesses, and community members to create an innovative learning center in Kapolei that combines science, environment and the arts with a focus on sustainability. The Mālama Learning Center will serve the people of O‘ahu, with emphasis on Kapolei and West O‘ahu communities.
Mālama Maunalua is a community-based alliance dedicated to creating a more culturally and ecologically healthy Maunalua region in Southeast O'ahu. The group shares a vision where the fish are once again plentiful, pollution and sedimentation are mitigated, and where people, community groups, businesses and agencies take kuleana in caring for and sustainably managing the bay. For more information about this initiative, please contact Alyssa Miller at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malie Organics produces all natural luxury spa products on the island of Kaua‘i, using ingredients derived from natural, organic and wild-crafted plants that are grown and harvested in a sustainable manner. Each Malie Organics product carries the exotic scent and subtle power of our Hawaiian flora to offer an aromatherapy experience unlike any other in the world. Malie Organics donates 1% of profits to Mālama Hawai‘i.
Native Pathfinders, Inc.
Pacific Health Consulting
Paepae o He‘eia
Paepae o He'eia is a private non-profit organization dedicated to caring for He‘eia Fishpond – an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in He‘eia, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu. Established by a group of young Hawaiians, Paepae o He‘eia works in partnership with landowner, Kamehameha Schools, to manage and maintain He‘eia Fishpond for the community.
Papa Ola Lōkahi
Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Native Hawaiian board of health, is a consortium of Hawaiian organizations and public agencies working to improve the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and their families. POL was established by the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act along with five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. Embodying a holistic approach that brings together mind, body and soul in the pursuit of optimum health and well-being, POL’s activity areas are in workforce development, research, policy, health promotion and disease prevention, traditional healing, data and information.
Performing and Fine Artists for World Peace
The mission of the Performing and Fine Artists for World Peace is to emphasize the arts as a means to address social and environmental issues. This is accomplished through the presentation of art exhibits, concerts, festivals and the promotion of creative work by artists who share this vision.
Our support for Mālama Hawai‘i will be in the area of environmental education and working with others in preserving and perpetuating the native Hawaiian culture.
Polynesian Voyaging Society
The Polynesian Voyaging Society is a non-profit, volunteer based organization which was founded in 1973. The original intent of the organization was to recreate the epic voyages of exploration and migration of ancient Polynesians, and to refute those scholars who believed that the vast nation of Polynesia was settled by chance.
In 1975, the Society launched Hōkūle‘a, a performance accurate replica of traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes. In the past 25 years, Hōkūle‘a and her crews have retraced all of the traditional Polynesian migratory routes and sailed nearly 100,000 miles, more than 4 times the circumference of the Earth. All of this voyaging has been in the way of the ancients -- without any navigational instruments.
Having traveled to each of the points of the Polynesian Triangle and participated in a renaissance of cultural pride throughout the Pacific, PVS is now attempting to take the lessons it has learned over the last quarter century to make a lasting contribution to Hawai‘i. It is our belief that one of the most effective ways to do this is through meaningful educational and community programs.
In that spirit, we have adopted the Mālama Hawai‘i vision -- That Hawai‘i, our special island home, be a place where the people, land and sea are cared for, and communities are healthy and safe.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
In our support of the vision of Mālama Hawai‘i, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i helps save Hawai‘i's native landscapes and provides opportunities to learn about and care for these special places and the species they shelter.
The Wildlife Society, Hawai‘i Chapter
The Wildlife Society, founded in 1937, is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society. The Wildlife Society encourages professional growth through certification peer-review Publications, and Conferences.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Here in Hawai‘i, our efforts are concentrated on recovering about 320 threatened and endangered species, as well as protecting migratory birds and coral reefs. Nine National Wildlife Refuges across the archipelago provide habitat for many of these species, but we also provide assistance to other Federal, State, and private landowners on an as-requested basis. Several of our National Wildlife Refuges offer opportunities for visitors to learn about Hawai‘i's true nature... or join us as a volunteer!
U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division
The US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division has17 regional research centers, including the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center based in Hawai‘i. The principal areas of focus for the Hawai‘i center include: determining the status of the native species of plants and animals in their ecosystems, identifying disease and other factors currently limiting the distribution and abundance of the native species, and developing techniques to reduce or eliminate alien species in the native habitat. In keeping with the mission of Mālama Hawai‘i, the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center provides the research information to management agencies responsible for establishing the policies that provide long-term protection to the land and the living resources of Hawai‘i.