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Hawai‘i’s Sustainability Heroes: Pono Pacific
September 19, 2023

Fellows mentioned in this story: John Leong

From Hawai‘i Business Magazine:

Pono Pacific’s first project was for the Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife, removing invasive species from Kailua’s Kawainui Marsh in 2000.

What began as a team of three – Pono Pacific founder John Leong; his wife, Julianna; and Matthew Bauer, along with a couple of weed whackers – has grown to be the largest private natural resource conservation company in Hawai‘i.

“Before John came up with this business concept, conservation work was always done internally by state or federal departments,” says Pono Pacific’s president, Jonathan Marstaller. “Pono gave them an effective way to outsource some of their projects.”

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