SUST AINA BLE MOLOKAI wrote -
We are the people of Molokai maintaining our island's rich culture and historic legacy of `āina momona (abundant land) and embracing modern pathways to a sustainable future. Our objectives include creating an environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable and self-sufficient island that serves as a model for Hawaii and the world. We focus on education, training, and advocacy; identify existing community assets and inherent challenges; and fill complementary roles that advance local efforts. A strong native community, we take kuleana (responsibility) as the architects of our own destiny, knowing that homegrown solutions work best. Although we are a relatively new organization having officially incorporated in early 2010 and received our 501(c)(3) certification in December 2010, we've operated since 2008 as an "ad hoc" group with over 100 volunteers passionate about protecting and finding sustainable solutions for our island.
Partnership with the Permaculture Research Institute USA (PRI USA) and Alu Like Ho`ala Hou culture-based at-risk Hawaiian youth and families program. PRI USA offered a "train the trainer" series to substance abuse counselors providing therapeutic farming as part of their youth treatment program; Hawaiian educators and Homestead farmers; and other residents. Together they form a local network of permaculture teachers transferring knowledge to others, mentoring youth, and managing major environmental restoration and earth repair projects.
Aloha Honua Summer Institute– a 3 week intensive summer program with middle-school and high-school aged Hawaiian youth for the purpose of inspiring the next generation of Earth Stewards to develop a love and appreciation for their island home and their planet. Our youth were taught traditional Hawaiian land stewardship and modern permaculture principles in a place-based learning environment. They were given tools to navigate two worlds successfully: (1) their one hānau (birthplace) for which their piko (umbilical cord) is attached - an island with a rich heritage and legacy left by their kupuna (ancestors) to guide them still in the ways of living pono (upright, in harmony, balanced withthe natural world; and (2) a modern age facing unprecedented global challenges (e.g., climate change, world hunger and poverty, threats to food and energy security, degraded land and watersheds, etc.) for which all must respond collectively and creatively to resolve.
Partnership with local businesses, schools, and the Blue Planet Foundation to swap out incandescent light bulbs for CFLs in 100% of Molokai's households for a 16,000 ton reduction in release of greenhouse gases.
HUI UP! partnership with Blue Planet to help families replace their old refrigerators with energy efficient units. Youth interns were trained to mentor and lead their peers in conducting energy audits in 56 Molokai homes participating in the project. Families will save between $150 to $500 annually in utility costs.