Ulupono Initiative

Re-use Hawaii

Reducing waste by reusing and recycling building materials that would otherwise go to landfills.

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Starting in 2007, Re-use Hawaii has been salvaging materials from businesses, homes and schools, including doors, windows, hardware, cabinets, flooring, tile, lumber and more. The reclaimed materials are then offered at affordable prices to customers at Re-use Hawaii’s warehouse in the downtown Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako Makai.

More than one-third of Oahu’s waste is construction and demolition debris. Salvaging material for reuse saves resources and energy, creates jobs and provides a locally produced resource. In its first four years, Re-use Hawaii completed 174 projects statewide and kept more than 2,000 tons of material out of Hawaii landfills.

Why We Invested

One of Ulupono Initiative’s missions is to reduce the amount of waste generated and sent to landfills in Hawaii. Through the combination of a line of credit, as well as grant support from the Ulupono donor-advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, Ulupono Initiative funded Re-use Hawaii’s deconstruction services program. Reusing materials conserves all of the energy the material has accumulated in its lifetime and minimizes the need to produce new material.


  • Keeps construction material out of Hawaii's landfills
  • Recycles and re-uses quality construction materials rather than treating them as waste
  • Provides consumers an economical source of quality construction materials
  • Has potential as a model for expansion and replication
  • Reuses construction materials to conserve energy and maximize the life of resources

At a Glance

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Total Investment

$152,500 + reccuring line of credit support

2012: $50,000 grant
2011: $50,000 credit support
2010: $27,500 grant + $50,000 credit support
2009: $75,000 grant + $50,000 credit support

Support is provided through grants from the Ulupono Donor-Advised Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. Re-use also utilized a line of credit investment from Ulupono Initiative to help provide working capital for its needs.