Ulupono Initiative

Malama Kauai

Advocating, educating, and driving action toward a sustainable Kauai.

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The Ulupono Initiative provided support to Malama Kauai via the Ulupono donor-advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation to assist with its mission to achieve sustainability on the Garden Island.

Founded in 2006, Malama Kauai is a community-based, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that focuses on advocating, educating and driving action towards a sustainable Kauai in the areas of aina (land), community and culture.

Ulupono’s investments provided financial support for the organization’s Kauai School Garden Network (KSGN), which supports all island schools from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, with funding, technical and volunteer support for school gardens, local food in local schools and the development of wellness committees to address specific school concerns around healthy food and nutrition choices. Malama Kauai was able to provide support to 14 island schools with their on-campus school gardens, including creating new school gardens at three pre-schools and restoring six gardens at K-12 schools.

Ulupono was also able to support Malama Kauai’s Multi-Island Micro Summit in 2010 and 2011 that gathered together leaders of “green” non-governmental organizations (NGO) to discuss issues and foster collaboration.

Why We Invested

In alignment with its goal for more sustainable local food and collaboration across the green NGO community, Ulupono supported Malama Kauai’s projects. This investment is part of Ulupono’s larger effort to fund school gardens statewide to increase understanding of where food comes from, why local fresh is best and how behavioral change can make a difference.


  • Builds a leading non-governmental organization that shares our mission goals
  • Creates the Kauai Island school garden network with 24 of 27 schools participating
  • Convenes Multi-Island Micro Summits to grapple with sustainability issues statewide
  • Assists the organization in becoming financially self-sufficient
  • Helps get feedback on critical issues related to Ulupono’s strategic goals

At a Glance

Investment Area
Food, Waste, Energy
Financial Model
Total Investment


Operations Support/Planning
2012: $48,250
2011: $72,375
2010: $77,375

AmeriCorps VISTA 
2016: $18,968

Kauai School Garden Network
2015: $100,000
2013: $25,179
2012: $59,000
2010: $35,750

Multi-Island Micro Summit
2011: $15,000
2010: $16,400
2009: $2,334

Support for Malama Kauai is provided through grants from the Ulupono Donor-Advised Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.