BE THE CHANGE
Actions of Aloha, Mālia Kaʻaihue
DTL created Actions of Aloha to encourage connection, compassion, and aloha for ourselves, our ʻohana, our lāhui, and our ʻāina. This initiative serves as a reminder that every day we have the power to manifest aloha through our actions. All profits from a series of fun, motivational card decks will be donated to local non-profit organizations that embody aloha. With a goal to raise $20,000.00 for our community, we encourage you to follow @actionsofaloha on Instagram and share Aloha.
ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures, Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā, Keoni Lee, Mahina Paishon-Duarte
Join thousands of Hawaiʻi community members, businesses, and organizations as they bring to life a resilient economy through the core value of ʻāina aloha—a deep and abiding love for Hawaiʻi’s communities and natural environments. This collective action will co-create a community-first process, through a series of engagement steps, to provide opportunities for community members and thought leaders to elevate solution-based ideas that will guide Hawai'iʻs economic recovery. Learn more at www.ainaalohafutures.com.
Chef Hui, Mark Noguchi
Created by Mark and Amanda Noguchi to address the current collapse of our restaurant industry and the growing need to provide nutritious meals to our community, Chef Hui is a statewide program aimed to help local farmers farming and chefs cooking and mitigate food insecurity by delivering nutritious ingredients and meals to communities in need. Together with Aloha Harvest, Chef Hui acts as a food hub and shares resources with organizations that are already cooking within their communities and helps connect those in need to available resources. Donated ingredients and supplies are also provided to help numerous other efforts, such as Mālama Meals.
Early Childhood Action Strategy, Kerrie Urosevich
The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on families with young children and organizations and agencies that support them. Teams and partners within the Early Childhood Action Strategy (ECAS) network have shifted priorities to focus on four areas during the next few months: 1) Family Violence Prevention, 2) Prenatal Access, 3) Child Care Support, and 4) Weekly Resource Updates. Teams have designed strategies and are raising funds to support these efforts.
Ekklesia Capital, David Oyadomari
As a result of the economic shutdown, the Federal Government has provided small business owners economic relief through programs like the Payment Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. However, the existential question looms: "How do I stabilize my company to prevent collapse when these relief programs are depleted?" David Oyadomari of newly formed Ekklesia Capital is offering a 4-week Zoom-delivered program to provide Hawaiʻi's small business owners the technical tools and social support system to stabilize their business during the COVID-19 crisis and develop a foundation for recovery and resilience. During this pilot, David is building the ability to scale this program to over half of Hawaiʻi's small business market. For more information, visit www.ekklesiacapital.com/mastermind or email email@example.com.
Ensuring a Green Economic Recovery, Jack Kittinger
As the dialogue shifts from pandemic response and containment to economic recovery in Hawai‘i, this initiative is working to ensure that the conservation sector is positioned as a key way to diversify our economy and put people back to work. They are working with thought leaders to develop a unified plan from the conservation sector, aggregating a high-level overview of job creation potential (in "shovel-ready" green initiatives), funding needs, and projected return on investment. The intention is that this will put the conservation sector into the conversation and decision-making around federal stimulus. They are also coordinating with the agriculture/local food sector and the clean energy sector to identify synergies, reduce redundancy, and ensure the sustainability sector is broadly coordinated and ready to accelerate our economic and cultural recovery from the pandemic. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every1ne Hawaiʻi, Nicole Velasco, Darragh O'Carroll
Every1ne Hawaiʻi (E1), a grassroots collaborative formed by nine friends, pivoted from its initial focus on civic engagement to join Hawaiʻi's rapid response efforts for COVID-19 by procuring 2 million nonmedical for statewide distribution to the public at no cost. E1 has also supported the Dept. of Health in leveraging mobile app technology to support contact tracing efforts, and is in the sensing phase to discover where our rapid prototyping skills may be useful to bringing internet to families without access needed for telehealth and distance learning. Every1ne Hawaiʻi is deeply grateful for all the hearts and hands that have made this possible. They are the collective reminder that aloha is essential. Follow them on Facebook or @every1ne_hawaii on Instagram.
Hawai‘i Energy: Energy Relief Grants, Brian Kealoha, Susan Tai, Stephany Vaioleti
Hawai‘i Energy is calling for applications for its Energy Relief Grant program that will award a total of $1,000,000 in funding for energy efficiency improvements for nonprofits, small businesses and other qualifying organizations experiencing economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant can cover 100% of legible expenses on pre-approved energy efficiency projects, up to $25,000. Grants are available to organizations in Hawai‘i County, Maui County, and the City and County of Honolulu. Applications for the first round of funding must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. HST. To learn more and apply, visit: https://hawaiienergy.com/grant.
Hawai‘i is Hiring, Sherry Menor-McNamara, Erika Lacro, Beth Whitehead, Tammi Oyadomari-Chun
Hawai‘i is Hiring is a one-stop online resource that connects kamaʻāina to job opportunities, training programs, and career navigation. It provides local job seekers and new graduates with a streamlined job board and simple access to training and education tools valued in Hawaiʻi’s in-demand and emerging industries. Hawaiʻi is Hiring also helps residents find local short-term certificate programs and earn-and-learn opportunities like internships and apprenticeships that provide workers of all ages with opportunities to gain new skills to re-enter the workforce. To learn more, visit www.hawaiiishiring.com.
Hawaiʻi Resilience Fund, Micah Kāne
In response to COVID-19, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) has collaborated with community leaders, government agencies, and local businesses to raise over $11.4 million (as of 6/5/2020) for nonprofit organizations across the state to protect front line health care workers with PPE, conduct mass food distributions, support a team who is building respirators for our state's shortfall, and more. Over $7.6 million in donations collected through the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund at HCF has been deployed to community nonprofits and health care providers who are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic ramifications for Hawai‘i’s families. To learn more, please visit HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org/Coronavirus.
House of Mana Up, Meli James
House of Mana Up is utilizing 100% of their e-commerce profits, generously matched by King's Hawaiian, to develop programs to grow online sales for Hawai‘i-based product businesses while we experience the effects of decreased tourism in our local market. Their first series of free workshops, entitled "Level Up Your Digital Marketing" was held from May 27-29, 2020. The workshops are open to local Hawai‘i small businesses currently selling their products online, with a goal of helping homegrown Hawai‘i businesses better leverage digital sales channels during this unique time.
Kūkulu Switchboard, Keoni Lee
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Keoni Lee of Hawaiʻi Investment Ready (HIR), Ashley Lukens of Next Gen Donor Hui (NGH), and Lisa Maruyama of Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit organizations (HANO) joined forces to launch the Kūkulu Switchboard - a platform created to enable a timely resource exchange that provides a clear and aggregated view of community needs statewide. The Kūkulu Switchboard was created to enable timely resource exchange through a facilitated digital peer-to-peer network. Asks and offers for resources (financial, human, or otherwise) are posted, categorized, and searchable to easily connect with needs. The Switchboard will curate and import from other platforms, centralizing information and resources that would otherwise be siloed. For more information, visit kukulucollaborative.org.
Kupu, John Leong
Kupu in partnership with other organizations such as Chef Hui, has launched a free meal distribution program on Oʻahu. Each meal is prepared fresh by their Culinary Program. Kupu has already delivered over 14,000 free meals to families. Community members can help by providing monetary donations towards the cost of ingredients and preparation. For every $5 donated, one meal can be delivered to a person in need. For more information on this initiative, please contact email@example.com.
Kupu ʻĀina Corps, John Leong, Kawika Riley
The Kupu ʻĀina Corps program is a new initiative that provides temporary employment for those who are interested in exploring environmental and sustainability related work. Positions with Kupu are available at conservation and agriculture based host sites throughout the islands of Hawaiʻi. Kupu’s network of partner organizations and agencies are able to offer unique and exciting positions in various fields, including ornithology, botany, natural and aquatic resource management, marine biology, Hawaiian cultural studies, agricultural science, and more! To apply, visit www.kupuhawaii.org/ainacorps.
Next Steps to Your Future, Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, Alex Harris, Stephen Schatz
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Hawai‘i’s high school seniors’ final school year and graduation celebrations. Many graduates’ plans are also disrupted. The University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges and Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, together with community partners, are supporting this year’s 10,000 Hawai‘i public high school graduates in planning for their future through the Next Steps to Your Future initiative. This initiative connects 2020 HIDOE graduates to postsecondary education, training and/or employment through two programs: The Hawai‘i P-20 Summer Advising Initiative, and the UH Community Colleges Onramp Program. To learn more, visit http://www.p20hawaii.org/nextsteps.
One808, Sherry Menor-McNamara
The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii launched its One808 campaign to highlight and generate support for COVID-19 relief efforts being undertaken by local businesses. The community is encouraged to visit www.one808.org to share in the hope and resiliency shown by these businesses and organizations, as well as join in these efforts.
One O‘ahu, Josh Stanbro
Oneoahu.org provides the residents of O‘ahu with official information about the City and County of Honolulu's response to COVID-19. This site is updated daily with answers to frequently asked questions about Mayor Kirk Caldwell's Emergency Orders and links to trusted sources of COVID-19 related information. The dashboard on oneoahu.org hosts information about case counts, City supported testing, and the City's efforts to facilitate an open line of communication with the public. Oneoahu.org was created and is managed for the City and County of Honolulu by the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency in collaboration with the Department of Emergency Management.
Our Kūpuna, Gabe Amey
The mission of Our Kūpuna is to look out for the elderly in Hawai‘i, especially those who do not have ‘ohana on island to look out for them during these difficult times. The program connects kūpuna with sponsors in our community who are free of COVID-19 symptoms. Sponsors help deliver groceries, medication, and supplies to our kūpuna so they can stay home until the outbreak passes.
Thriving in Change and Challenge: Cultivating Resilience, Rachael Wong
One Shared Future launched a new series that addresses local professionals’ expressed needs during the global pandemic. Everyone sprinted hard from the start, but as this turns out to be a marathon, how do individuals and working teams sustain? The online Thriving in Change and Challenge: Cultivating Resilience professional development series is time-, location-, and cost-accessible, providing participants with experiences and skills to thrive during uncertain times. For more info, go to www.onesharedfuture.com/osf-services/. To learn about how your organization can host this series, please contact (808) 451-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uplift Hawaiʻi, Dawn Lippert
Uplift Hawaiʻi is an economic recovery platform bringing together organizations, individuals, coalitions, and other recovery initiatives to help policymakers, business leaders, and individuals align their decision-making and actions to ensure a more equitable future for all of Hawaiʻi. The resources and solutions shared through the Uplift Hawaiʻi platform are community-generated and align with five core principles created by a grassroots collective of individuals with decades of experience in agriculture and food security, climate change, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, housing, labor and workforce development, media, policy, and philanthropy. To show your support and join the community, visit www.uplifthawaii.org and follow them on Facebook, @Uplift_hi on Instagram, @Uplift_hi on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Waypoints Hawai‘i, Jeff Mikulina
Waypoints outlines 50 actions that help chart Hawai‘i’s course for a more resilient future. The report presents a portfolio of policies and programs to help Hawai‘i recover economically and grow quality jobs while accelerating the transition to a 100% clean energy future. Each proposed action, or Waypoint, is built around the core idea that a low-carbon future is not at odds with a vibrant economy, rather it’s a precursor for it. Blue Planet’s intention is to contribute to the ongoing recovery conversation with specific actions for further exploration and discussion. Join the journey at waypointshawaii.org.