Our investment model is based on our founders’ belief that both the non-profit and for-profit sectors can be a force for good.
We want to harness that good and inspire catalytic change for Hawaii.
Where We Invest
Because Ulupono is focused on creating impact for Hawaii, we look carefully at companies and organizations that will help us achieve our goals in our sectors of interest. We find there is often crossover within sectors, but ultimately, we invest in organizations that are working to produce more locally grown food, more renewable energy and/or reduce waste.
Ulupono seeks to invest in and help grow local organizations involved in clean/renewable energy, diversified agriculture, and use waste as a resource that have high potential for creating large-scale social impact in an innovative and sustainable manner, and where our involvement will be catalytic in achieving that outcome.
AINA In Schools
Supporting education to connect keiki to land, water and food to grow a healthier Hawaii.
Low-cost, flexible transportation service that provide on-demand access to a network of rentable bicycles for the public.
Fresh Water Initiative
Addressing the increasing threats to fresh water security in the Hawaiian Islands.
A pilot project using school gardens that created meaningful change in Hawaii’s food system.
Hawaii Green Growth
A group of local leaders tackling Hawaiiʻs energy, food and environmental security issues as a unified voice.
Hawaii Island School Garden Network
The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has helped to catalyze a statewide “farm-to-school” movement.
Assisting with the development of an online interface for conservation plans for Hawaii farmers.
Hawaii Seafood Month
Hawaii Seafood Month highlights the collective efforts of the commercial fishing sector and local businesses to promote sustainable, local seafood and vibrant fishing communities through the month of October.
A community empowering members to live more sustainable, compassionate and resilient lives.
Kauai School Garden Network
Supports all Kauai schools from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, with funding, technical and volunteer support.
The Kohala Center
A community-based institute leading the way in statewide school garden network development.
A benefit for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii.
Kunia Agricultural Park
Helping local farmers gain economic self-sufficiency, scale and access to markets in Hawaii.
Mana O Ka La
Developing a 5-megawatt solar facility for Leeward Oahu that benefits Native Hawaiian programs.
Maui School Garden Network
Developing a greater sense of food self-reliance and nutrition education among Maui County’s keiki.
Ranch-to-Plate Joint Venture
A collaborative project aimed at helping to revitalize the Big Island grass-fed beef industry.
Reducing waste by reusing and recycling building materials that would otherwise go to landfills.
School Gardens Initiative
Growing fresh healthy food to nurture savvy young consumers and future farmers.