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"The New CCC" at Kokeʻe: An Old-New Paradigm for Forest Conservation and Historic Preservation

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THE STORY:

“The New CCC” on the Island of Kauaʻi links past and present in a community-based conservation project of amazing potential not just for Kauaʻi but the whole country. Can community-driven forest conservation in the 21st Century call forth inspiration from last time America invested substantial person-power into our precious natural resources? Harkening back to Civilian Conservation Corps days 8 decades ago, can this Community Conservation Corps involve all ages in forest restoration and historic preservation?

On the mountains of Kauaʻi, we’ve proved it can. We are mounting this CrowdRise campaign to build a sturdy foundation for “The New CCC” so that these remarkable efforts can continue for generations. 

In 2003, Hui o Lakaʻs long-time interest in forest conservation moved from episodic volunteer workdays to a year-round program. Ten years later, Kōkua Kōkeʻe annually fields over 1,000 volunteers each to weed and hand-groom front country trails, park roadsides, lookouts and other places used and cherisheed by people.  Besides having a lot of fun and learning about the forest, these ordinary citizen-volunteers of all ages donate over 8,000 hours in the parks each year.  

Both the forest and volunteers of all ages are renewed and healed in the Kōkua Kōkeʻe "forest gardening" effort in the beautiful but beleaguered upland forests of Kauaʻi. This culturally sensitive program incorporates traditional Hawaiian values and is centered on the restored Kōkeʻe CCC Camp that provides meeting and storage space as well as overnight accommodations in this remote mountain setting. It regularly involves all generations, from nā keiki, the children, to kūpuna (elders) and everyone in between - and they ALL have fun and want to return. To support both Kōkua Kōkeʻe and the historic camp, weʻve even dived into product development, using the CCC Camp workshop to craft saleable items created from forest weeds - "conservation crafts."

Never before has there been a “resources management” program that didn't depend on government or grant funding. Help us prove it's possible.

Help us prove it's possible to keep community conservation alive and sustainable through community effort! Your donation will support operating costs for one year for "The New CCC."  You'll help support volunteer training, tools and supervision as well as ongoing development of the historic CCC Camp in Kokee State Park. Youʻll help us hire a Community Support Coordinator, an additional part-time Field Supervisor for volunteers, and a Camp Manager. We know this will give us a “leg up” on creating a sturdy, sustainable volunteer effort that can become a model for the country. 

We can do this! We can definitely save our forests if thousands upon thousands of trained volunteers into many generations are involved in "The New CCC."  Let it begin with us! Let it begin with you! May the forest be with us all!

Although online donations are a minimum of $10, your tax-deductible donation of $20 or more automatically makes you an official member of Hui o Laka with all the rights and privileges of membership—including the right to stay at Kōke‘e’s historic CCC Camp.

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To This Fundraiser

$5,785

MONEY RAISED
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  • Marsha Erickson

    $100

  • Tom Givnish

    $50

  • Edward "Ted" Schmidt

     

  • Aloha from Utah!!

    $20

  • Adam Prall

    $38

  • R. Peeters

    $10

  • Sierra Willoughby

    $10

  • Don Baker & Vern Kauanui

    $20

  • Malia Tsuchiya

    $50

  • Neva, Carla & tony

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $21

  • Klaine Kuapahi

    $10

  • Sonya Wilhelm

    $10

  • Benjamin Prichard

    $20

  • Judy Lenthall

    $10

  • Taro Patch Gifts/Edie Bikle

    $20

  • Auntie Lani Ogilvie

    $30

  • jody denbeau

    $25

  • Patricia Isoshima

    $20

  • Mark Takeo Isoshima, Jr.

    $20

  • Sam Ohu Gon III

    $50

  • Klayton Kubo

    $10

  • A. Nonymous

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Rebeka Rodriguez

     

  • Lisa Johnshoy

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Mylene Lotz

    $100

  • Someone who cares

    $100

  • Bradley Jones

    $20

  • In honor of Ruth Knudsen Hanner

    $1,000

  • Michelle Hookano

    $10

  • Julia Nakaia

     

  • In Gratitude for the style, class & aloha Marsha has brought to Kōkeʻe

    $400

  • Marvin Kaleo Manuel

    $100

  • K. Reichel

    $100

  • N. Lawrence

    $100

  • Grandpa & Grandma

    $50

  • Keli'i Kapali

    $30

  • Mokihana Benavente

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Waimakalei

    $350

  • Giorgio De Paz

    $100

  • Jomel Lotz & Jade Lotz

    $200

  • Lida Penkova

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $56

  • Manu Akuna

    $30

  • Leilani Kalilimoku Kaleiohi

    $20

  • Joseph Savino

    $25

  • Rachel Wiley and kids

    $25

  • Lisa Johnston

    $50

  • Gregg Takara

    $250

  • Aggy E Kusunoki

    $50

  • Lani Ogilvie

    $19

  • Kathy Hong

    $100

  • Sigrid and John Southworth

    $50

  • Mike and Diana Shaw

    $50

  • Lani Ogilvie

    $26

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Paula Amerine

    $25

  • Victoria and Randy Wichman

    $200

  • Ibby Jenkins

    $200

  • Keola Castro

     

  • J. B. and Katie Friday

    $300

  • Jeanne R. Wichman

    $100

  • Lorraine Scott

    $100

  • Sharon Fisher

    $50

  • Fritz Jaenike

    $125

  • Sarah Pratt Quinn

    $100

  • Nolan Ahn

    $250

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4% Raised of $150,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $5,785 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Hui o Laka

Amount Raised

$3,260

 

2% Raised of $150,000 Goal

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Marvin Manuel

Amount Raised

$1,170

 

59% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Adam Prall

Amount Raised

$965

 

48% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Kaiulani Mahuka

Amount Raised

$245

 

2% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kahoku Lindsey-Asing

Amount Raised

$145

 

4% Raised of $4,008 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Earl Hunter

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Nolan Ahn

Nolan Ahn

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Sarah Pratt Quinn

Sarah Pratt Quinn

DONATION: $100

In honor of Joan Pratt's birthday! 3 years ago

Fritz Jaenike

Fritz Jaenike

DONATION: $125

4 years ago

Sharon Fisher

Sharon Fisher

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Lorraine Scott

Lorraine Scott

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Jeanne R. Wichman

Jeanne R. Wichman

DONATION: $100

to honor Lorraine Wichman's devoted efforts for the "new CCC". 4 years ago

J. B. and Katie Friday

J. B. and Katie Friday

DONATION: $300

4 years ago

Keola Castro

Keola Castro

4 years ago

Ibby Jenkins

Ibby Jenkins

DONATION: $200

In memory of Bessie Twigg-Smith 4 years ago

Victoria and Randy Wichman

Victoria and Randy Wichman

DONATION: $200

4 years ago