Mission:

To inspire our future generations in discovering their Kuleana in restoring the balance of humanity and the natural world through learning the complex interconnections of island sustainability.

Program:

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Kuleana is a 1.5 ~ 6+ day program featuring sustainability-related lectures, site visits, collaboration, a project, and a presentation. After successful completion of the program, participants continue their efforts as sustainability advocates in building a sustainable Hawaiʻi and beyond. 

Participants:

Kuleana is designed for local participants across the state of Hawaiʻi who are interested in sustainability and/or would like to experience something beyond the classroom or computer monitor.  

  • Elementary School Students (3rd grade and above)

  • Middle School Students

  • High School Students

  • College Students (Undergraduate and above)

  • Inter island travel school trips

  • Adults

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Location:

  • Oʻahu

  • Kauaʻi

  • Big Island

Participants may experience a program in their home island or on another island. Experiences on other island(s) may occur in the future.

 

Program Themes:

Kuleana offers 7 unique programs that are structured based off of the state of Hawaii's Aloha+ Challenges. The programs are carefully separated so that participants can focus on the 6 Aloha+ Challenges. They may choose to do 1 program, 2 programs, or cover all 6 in our full week-long program.

  • Kuleana: Waste Reduction Program

  • Kuleana: Natural Resource Management Program

  • Kuleana: Local Food Program

  • Kuleana: Smart, Sustainable Communities Program

  • Kuleana: Green Workforce & Education Program

  • Kuleana: Clean Energy Program

  • Kuleana: Aloha+ Challenge Program

 
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Program Structure:

Single Aloha+ Challenge Program (1.5 Days)

Day 1 (2.25 hours)

  • Program Orientation

  • Introduction to Overall Aloha+ Challenge & 1 of 6 challenges

  • Lecture

  • Site visit preparation

  • Introduction to online platform, workbook, homework

Day 2 (7 hours)

  • Site Orientation

  • Site visit(s) (1~3 depending on length)

  • Hands-on activities

  • Lecture

  • Group discussion

  • Project

  • Presentation

 
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Grouping:

Participants will work in small group learning environments led by a trained LbE Hawaii Program Leader. Group sizes will range from around 4 ~ 8 participants with one program leader. LbE Hawaii Program Leaders are responsible for escorting, mentoring, leading group discussions, and the safety and well-being of the participants. In the small group learning environments, participants will feel comfortable and more motivated to speak freely with their co-participants. 

Full Aloha+ Challenge Program (6+ Days)

Day 1 (8 hours)

  • Program Orientation

  • Introduction to Overall Aloha+ Challenge

  • Lectures

  • Site visit preparation

  • Introduction to online platform, workbook

  • Aloha+ Challenge 1 Introduction

  • Site visit

  • Hands-on activities

  • Group work / discussion / collaboration

Day 2 ~ 6 (8 hours)

  • Aloha+ Challenge 2~6 Introduction

  • Site Orientation

  • Site visit(s) (1~3 depending on length)

  • Hands-on activities

  • Lecture

  • Group work / discussion / collaboration

  • Project preparation

Day 7+ (may be extended to longer program)

  • Wrap up

  • Games to reflect experience

  • Project preparation & rehearsal

  • Presentation

  • Farewell party

  • Awards ceremony

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Program Dates:

Single Kuleana: Aloha+ Challenge Programs will operate primarily on weekends (Friday~Sunday) in order to accommodate most learners' availability. The full programs will operate primarily during school breaks such as the spring, summer, fall, and winter breaks. 

Upcoming Programs:

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