Hawaiian Lifeguard Association

The HLA is a 501 (c)(3) association incorporated in the state of Hawai‘i that seeks to establish and maintain the highest standards of professional surf and open water lifesaving. Their vision is to maximize the safety of the public in ocean and coastal waters throughout the state of Hawai‘i, provide public, professional and governmental education in the field of ocean safety. Every summer, the HLA conducts rigorous training competitions for over 200 Junior Lifeguards between the ages of 12-17 years of age. The focus is on ocean awareness, education, open surf rescues, water rescues, first aid, CPR and critical problem solving.

Hui Aloha ‘Aina Momona

Founded in 2011, HAAM is a non profit organization dedicated to resorting ‘āina momona (abundant land) in Hawai‘i using the core principles of local food sustainability and cultural perpetuation. They focus on educational and cultural activities around the consumption of kalo food products like hand-pounded poi or pa‘i ‘ai. HAAM demonstrates the nutritional and culinary values of kalo and its relationship to the Hawaiian culture for generations to come.


Founded in 2006, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is a world-class museum and planetarium. The center is located on the UH Hilo campus and focuses on showcasing scientific discoveries within the framework of native Hawaiian traditions of navigation and exploration.

POW!WOW! Hawaii

Founded as a non-profit in 2010 this arts based organization creates culture and community based around the values of creativity, collaboration and contribution. They host mural festivals, art exhibits and concerts. POW!WOW! School of Music & Arts is an extension of the organization educating the next generations artists and musicians. Lana Lane Studios—headquarters for POW!WOW! and a communal co-op space in Honolulu that features 20 full-time working artists.