Begun in 2003, by singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, and his wife, Kim, the Kokua Hawaii Foundation is an organization whose efforts are helping make Hawaii a leader in caring for our environment. They are encouraging our youth to be responsible caretakers of our Earth! Their `Aina in Schools, 3R’s School Recycling, and Plastic Free Schools programs are creating lasting, positive changes by providing students with an overall understanding of ways they can be valued contributors to the stewardship of our island home. `Aina in Schools teaches them hands-on gardening and the value of healthier food choices. The 3R’s Recycling helps them set up and maintain recycling programs, waste-composting, and sometimes even vermi-composting (raising worms)! The Plastic Free Hawaii program even takes them out into the community by organizing and hosting quarterly beach clean-ups
As a visitor, you might wonder why this is of any great interest to you. Director of Program Development, Natalie McKinney, would like you to know that even visitors, here to enjoy the beauty of the North Shore, often volunteer to “give back” by helping with these beach clean-ups. Those of us who are blessed to live here, and all who visit, need to be aware of the fragility of the beauty that surrounds us! This foundation strives to make sure that now, and in the future, our islands are cared for and protected. If you would like to help by volunteering your time/talent, or even just by purchasing a copy of Jack Johnson’s album…Jack Johnson and Friends-Best of Kokua (proceeds benefit the foundation), you can go to http://kokuahawaiifoundation.org/ for more information. On Saturday, April 20th, from 8:30 to 1, you can come help restore a Hawaiian fishpond in Haleiwa! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Also, on Thursday, April 25th, from 3-7, you can visit the Haleiwa Farmers Market in Waimea Valley where Kokua Hawaii Foundation will be having free activites for children and giving out free totebags in honor of Earth Day! Taking care of our planet can be fun as well as fulfilling work and Kokua Hawaii Foundation is an example in action that we are very proud to support!