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

  • 2011 Hawai`i Green Growth - serve to lead communications efforts, and develop an information hub.
    Hawai`i Green Growth website
  • 2011 Coral Reef Scientist Communications Training with funding from NOAA
  • Completed Koloa maoli lesson plans for grades K-7 with funding from the Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council.
  • Partnered with the Mālama Learning Center at the Nānākuli “Spring Fest” and Bishop Museum’s “Grow Hawaiian” Festival in celebration of Earth Month, reaching hundreds of youth and their families.
  • Participated in the 2,000 mile round trip voyage to Palmyra Atoll by Hōkūle‘a and helped bring widespread media attention to the efforts toward a Worldwide Voyage and creating a sustainable future in Hawai‘i and around the world. Click here for more info.
  • Launched the Worldwide Voyage of Hōkūle‘a in partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society in February 2009. Mālama Hawai‘i is a key communications, education, and outreach partner for this epic voyage that is focused on caring for our Island Earth.
  • Received first prize with Fair Catch campaign partners SeaWeb and The Nature Conservancy in the Magic Porthole First Environment Achievement Contest to Help Save Coral Reefs. See www.solutions-site.org.
  • Converted the 2008 Hawai‘i International Year of the Reef website to www.givethereefabreak.org, which will be maintained by Mālama Hawai‘i in 2009.
  • Completed the 2008 Hawai‘i International Year of the Reef campaign reaching people on all of the main Hawaiian Islands, including Kaho‘olawe and Ni‘ihau! Tens of thousands of people in Hawai‘i alone were reached through this campaign, which educated both reef and non-reef users alike to understand the importance of coral reefs to our daily lives and our responsibility to care for them.
  • Created a new 30 second public service announcement for television called “Give the Reef a Break” in partnership with Mākaha Studios. This spot reaches local youth with the key message to protect our coral reefs because of all that they provide us.
  • Created a temporary oasis in downtown Honolulu as part of National Park(ing) Day. In partnership with the Trust for Public Land, Group70, and many creative volunteers, Mālama Hawai‘i converted two parking stalls on Bethel Street into a park and community garden to draw attention to the value of natural spaces and our ability to grow plants for sustainability.
  • Celebrated the International Year of the Reef at Sunset on the Beach, Waikiki with 2,500 of Hawaii’s residents and visitors. Educational booths, speakers, video, and live music educated the audience about the importance of protecting our coral reefs. This major event was supported by the Waikiki Improvement Association, Tesoro Hawai‘i, NOAA, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
  • Conducting communications outreach about the plight of the Koloa Maoli (native Hawaiian duck) in partnership with the Hawai‘i Wildlife Society, Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council, UC Davis and Outside Hawai‘i.
  • Supported the Maui Reef Night at the Maui Ocean Center in June 2008. This event, which reached more than 1,000 Maui residents, was coordinated by the Ola Nā Papa I Pūlama ‘Ia committee organized by the County of Maui in celebration of the International Year of the Reef.
  • Co-sponsored the first annual Keiki OceanFest at Waimānalo Beach Park in partnership with the U.S. Bodyboarding Association.
  • Created the website for Mālama Maunalua, community-based organization aimed at preserving and restoring the health of the Maunalua region.
  • Assisted in conducting Maunalua Makai Watch volunteer training sessions in 2007 and 2008.
  • Received the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence in June 2008 for the Fair Catch responsible fishing campaign. This prestigious award was received in the category of Public Service/Non-Profit category in partnership with SeaWeb, The Nature Conservancy, and Ostrander Chu.
  • Coordinated three service projects at Paepae o He‘eia, Nānākuli Beach Park, and Maunalua Bay as part of Hui Nalu Canoe Club’s centennial celebration “Ka‘apuni Oahu,” a paddle around O‘ahu, and the International Year of the Reef.
  • Co-sponsored the “Seasons and the Sea” event on May 2, 2008 at the Waikiki Aquarium in celebration of the International Year of the Reef.
  • Created a 30 second television public service announcement called “Bad Neighbors” for the International Year of the Reef campaign. This PSA was created in partnership with Shooters, Montaj9 and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Facilitated the printing and distribution of more than 180,000 copies of the “Living Reef,” a newspaper publication on Hawaii’s reefs in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, State Department of Land and Natural Resources and The Honolulu Advertiser.
  • Co-sponsored the Moloka‘i Earth Day festival in April 2008 with the theme: “Momona ka papa ke e‘ehu ka ‘āina: The reef thrives when the land is healthy.” About 1,000 Moloka‘i residents attended this annual event.
  • Supported Kai Makana with the restoration of Mokauea Island off of Oahu’s Sand Island through providing tools for volunteers.
  • Launched the 2008 International Year of the Reef – Hawai‘i campaign at the State Capitol in partnership with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, NOAA, and dozens of other organizations. Read more.
  • Supported 2007 Hawai‘i Pacific Islands Kava Festival at the University of Hawai‘i sponsored by the ‘Awa Development Council by providing an informational booth.
  • Co-sponsored the 2007 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference held at the Hawai‘i Conservation Center, attended by more than 900 people engaged in conservation throughout the state.
  • Conducting communications and outreach for the Ka‘ena Point restoration project in partnership with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wildlife Society, Hawai‘i Chapter. Read more.
  • Partnered with the Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum and Hawaiian Electric Company to broaden community awareness and understanding of various ocean energy technology systems that may come to Hawai‘i in the near future and developed Ocean Energy Guidelines.
  • Received a Pele gold award for the Fair Catch Web site in the public service category, in partnership with SeaWeb and The Nature Conservancy. The Web site was designed by Ostrander Chu. The Pele Awards are an annual event showcasing design work created in the State of Hawai‘i.
  • Provided conservation messaging and website outreach for the Ku holo Mau – Sail On, Sail Always, Sail Forever – voyage of Hokule‘a and Alingano Maisu to Micronesia.
  • Partnering with The Nature Conservancy and SeaWeb to develop a statewide campaign on responsible fishing and ocean protection called Fair Catch.
  • Was selected by musician/activist Bonnie Raitt to benefit from online auctions of five pairs of fourth seats and after show meet/greet passes to her “Souls Alike” concert on January 6, 2007 at the Waikiki Shell.
  • Supported Kōkua Foundation’s annual fund-raising concert, the Kōkua Festival, in 2004-2007 by providing an interactive booth and educational information.
  • Produced urban forestry and invasive species television segments with "Outside Hawai‘i" on channel OC16.
  • Participating in the Mālama Maunalua Initiative. Focused on the region from Hanauma Bay to Black Point, this project is dedicated to creating a more culturally and ecologically sustainable Maunalua Bay region on O‘ahu.
  • Provided educational and website outreach for Hōkūle‘a’s 30th anniversary statewide sail in 2005.
  • Co-sponsored Hawaiian Electric Company’s "Live Energy Lite" fair in 2004 -2007.
  • Supported outreach of Hōkūle‘a’s "Navigating Change" voyage in 2004 via the website.
  • Partnered with many organizations to celebrate Earth Day 2004 on O‘ahu, celebrating the Ala Wai Watershed
  • Created four 30 second television public service announcements by partnering with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy, and aired on many network and cable stations.
  • Re-launched our website with new improvements, including the e-mail messaging system.
  • Assisted with the "No Ka Nahele" Year of the Hawaiian Forest concert produced by ‘Ilioulaokalani.
  • Supported the "Step Into the Hawaiian Rainforest" exhibit.
  • Partnered with "Outside Hawai‘i" (OC 16) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a television program for the Year of the Hawaiian Forest, featuring the "Remains of a Rainbow" exhibit.
  • Selected by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources to implement the 2003 Year of the Hawaiian Forest campaign with Ostrander Chu, a public relations and advertising firm.
  • Sponsored Waihe‘e Watershed Make a Difference Day
  • Sponsored Wai‘ahole Beach Clean-up
  • Attended and made presentations at various events and conferences
  • Held a strategic planning retreat and completed a Strategic Action Plan
  • Conducted market research surveys on public attitudes toward conservation
  • Initiated a Volunteer Stewardship Network
  • Helped to produce two public service announcements (“Moki”) to raise awareness of Hawai‘i’s watersheds
  • Supported outreach efforts during Hōkūle‘a's 25th anniversary, 9-month statewide sail.