Kuleana: Waste Reduction Program

Day 1 - Friday, March 5, 3:15 PM ~ 5:30 PM | Online Pre-Program Session

Day 2 - Saturday, March 6, 9:00 AM ~ 5:30 PM | On-site Kailua & Online Post-Program Session

Participants: 13~18 years of age | Attending high school | On Oʻahu

Registration: FREE

Kuleana: Waste Reduction Program Overview

In this mini program, participants will meet for 1.5 days balanced between online and physical atmospheres, and will learn specifically about the Aloha+ Challenge: Waste Reduction. By the end of the program, participants are expected to better understand this single challenge and shall dedicate life-long actions and advocacy towards the goals of the challenge. 

Program Goals:


Understand the Problem

Learn about Hawaii's Waste Reduction Aloha+ Challenge, the problems associated with it, and the targets we need to reach.

Learn from and interact with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to understand the problem we are facing in Hawaiʻi and prepare to act out a solution with proper intentions.


Experience the Solution

With pre-knowledge, the right attitude, and with good intentions, participants will be a part of the solution - to do a beach cleanup community service, re-purpose the collected debris (rather than throwing it into the trash), then learn about prevention of plastic pollution at the zero waste store. 


Be the Change

Through the successful completion of this short program, it will become the participants' kuleana to continue the work of inspiring others to be aware of the problem, solution, and prevention of waste in our community, through active community service and advocacy.

Our Professional Partner:

We are excited to team up with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi, a local non-profit organization dedicated to care for the coastlines of Hawai'i through beach cleanups, educational programs, and public awareness campaigns. 

Participants will get the opportunity to learn from the Education Team about the problem, solution, and prevention of coastline/marine pollution and get to be a part of the solution with the team onsite in Kailua. 



Subject to change.

Fri 3/5/21 3:15 PM ~ 5:30 PM

Virtual Online (Zoom)

  • Program Orientation

  • Introduction to Aloha+ Challenge / Waste Reduction

  • Interaction and lecture with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

  • Workbook introduction

  • Site visit preparation

Sat 3/6/21 9:00 AM ~ 2:45 PM

Onsite: Kailua

  • Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii overview

  • Beach cleanup around Kailua Beach & Kalama Beach

  • Collect microplastics and other debris

  • 1:1 discussions with the Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii team

  • Protea Zero Waste Store Lecture on waste problem, solutions, and prevention

  • Shopping experience with a store voucher (included!)

  • Lunch experience at designated lunch spots in Kailua

  • Upcycling Art Project - *Featuring Art Director Guest Speaker*

  • Sustainability Animation Campaign - *Featuring Art Director Guest Speaker*

  • Thinking in Systems with LbE Hawaii's sustainability team 

  • Return home / Break / Prepare to meet on Zoom

4:30 PM ~ 5:30 PM

Virtual Online (Zoom)

  • Reflection discussion 

  • Prepare for group presentation

  • Group Presentation

  • Introduction to online platform to remain connected, continue collaboration with peers/professionals/LbE Hawaii sustainability team

  • Pau

Key Activities at a Glance:


Aloha+ Challenge: Waste

Online lecture on awareness of the State of Hawaii's Aloha+ Challenge, focusing on Waste Reduction. We will focus closely on the issues, solutions, and prevention of excess waste.


Solo Upcycling Art Project

Each participants create their own art masterpiece using the debris they collected. Presented by special guest Art Director: Nak Yong Choi


Beach Cleanup

Lecture and guided beach cleanup with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii along the shores of Kailua and Kalama Beach. Be a part of the solution by removing waste along our local shores!


Sustainability Campaign

Group project collaboration to create a stop motion animation using the collected debris, and produce a sustainability campaign based on the theme and what is learned. Presented by Nak Yong Choi


Protea Zero Waste Store

Visit the Protea Zero Waste Store and learn about the mission and story of the store, thinking about the prevention of plastics harming our environment. Includes a shopping voucher for a shopping experience.

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Each group presents their artwork and sustainability campaign to a recorded Zoom session and pledge sustainable actions for the future.

Who Can Participate:

The following criteria must be met in order to join this particular program:

  1. Must live and be present on the island of Oʻahu during the time of the program

  2. Must be a current high school student between the age 13~18

  3. Must have access to independent transportation to and from the drop off / pick up location as specified on the fieldwork day

  4. Must have access to a computer or mobile device with internet connection that is capable of operating the Zoom application

Throughout the year, we will host programs for specific demographic groups. This will allow for collaboration with participants in the same demographic group. We encourage organized groups such as schools, clubs, sports teams, etc., to join a program together as this program is a great opportunity for team building and collaboration. We also encourage single participants from different schools to join this program as this is a great opportunity to network with other participants from different schools.

Staff & Group:

  • 1 Facilitator / Leader

  • 1 Supporter

  • 1 Group of 5 Participants + 1 Leader

  • TOTAL = 5 Participants, 3 Staff Total

We believe in creating small group learning environments for our program participants to feel comfortable in communicating with their peers and a dedicated trained group leader. Leaders (trained young adults with a passion for sustainability) are responsible for guiding, leading group discussions, and the overall safety and well-being of group participants.

The main program facilitator will lead the overall program, ensure proper time management, and introduce important details and background information about the program.


Operation During COVID-19

We believe that education shall be experiential, social, and meaningful. For almost a full year, keiki across the state of Hawaiʻi had limited to zero opportunities to have in-class instruction, face-to-face social interaction with peers, hands-on experiences, and field trips to bridge connections from class to reality. 


We appreciate the efforts put forth by the City and County of Honolulu to limit (and eventually stop) the spread of the COVID-19 virus and plan to follow all city and CDC regulations. 

To ensure the safety of our staff, all participants, professional partners, and our community, we will be taking the following steps:

  1. All participants and staff must be free of symptoms relating to COVID-19 including but not limited to: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, dizziness, loss of taste or smell, etc.

  2. All participants and staff must be feeling well during the time of the program

  3. All participants and staff must be able to wear a tight-fitted face covering at all times, indoor and outdoor, and while walking (face shields may be worn in combination with a face covering but not as a substitute to the face covering)

  4. All participants and staff must not have traveled from anywhere outside of the state of Hawaiʻi in the last 14 days prior to the start of the program

  5. During the pre-program, all participants and staff must take a mandatory pre-program questionnaire to ensure items 1~4 will be met during the physical program

  6. In accordance to Oʻahu's "Tier 3" Reopening Strategy, which went into effect on Thursday, 2/25/21, during the physical program, total group gathering sizes may never exceed five (10) people at any given time

  7. Physical distancing will be required at all times as possible during the program, even between group members and leaders

  8. The physical portion of this particular program will occur primarily outdoors in large open spaces where physical distancing will remain a requirement

  9. The pre and post programs are to be purposely held online to allow for seamless communication as a whole group, as well as to have a recorded session that will be made available for "play-back"

What's Included:

  1. 1.5 days hybrid program

  2. Professional Lectures

  3. Dedicated Trained Program Leaders (1 Leader: 5 Students)

  4. Site Visits

  5. Hands-On Activities

  6. Project

  7. Presentation

  8. Group Discussions

  9. Hawaiʻi General Excise Tax

  10. Networking

  11. Zero Waste Store Shopping Voucher

  12. Kailua Lunch Voucher

  13. Souvenir

  14. Lifetime access to LbE's online learning hub platform for continued collaboration with peers/professionals/LbE Hawaii sustainability team

  15. Future Program Discounts

  16. Event/Summit Discounts

  17. Webinar Discounts


Mahalo to Our Partners and Collaborators

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