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.


A non-profit collective of ocean-based individuals who promote cultural awareness and environmental stewardship to next generation students through innovative outdoor education programs and hands-on conservation work.


In 2006, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center opened as a world-class museum and planetarium complex on the UH Hilo campus. The center showcases scientific discoveries from the astronomical observatories on Mauna Kea, within the framework of native Hawaiian traditions of navigation and exploration. As a unit of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, ‘Imiloa offers an innovative array of education and outreach programs aimed at inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators.

Maui Cultural Lands

Maui Cultural Lands is a Maui-based non-profit, grassroots land trust organization whose mission is to stabilize, protect and restore Hawaiian cultural resources. MCL is one of the few land trust organizations on Maui targeting Hawaiian cultural lands along the coast and inland areas. The vision of the MCL is to restore what is known as the Honokowai Valley to a state of balance, so that it can serve as a place to learn, to find peace and to honor those who have come before us.