When Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, the Polynesian Voyaging Canoes of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, left Hawaiʻi in 2014, a group of environmental organizations formed a collective to embark on a journey to change our relationship to the Hawaiian Islands. This collective signed the Promise to PaeʻĀina to demonstrate their commitments to protect and care for Hawaiʻi, recognizing our responsibility to the ʻāina. From this Promise, a commitment to Our Future was formed to invest in the future leaders of Hawaiʻi by providing proper tools, training, and experience to advance conservation work beyond our lifetimes and abilities. As one outcome, Conservation Career Compass was developed and is managed by the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance and Foundation with the generous funding of the Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation and collaborative support from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Promise to PaeʻĀina Initiative, and the Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Subcommittee.
Opportunities on Conservation career Compass such as jobs, internships, and volunteering are pooled from its sister site, Conservation Connections. Considered a “one stop shop,” Conservation Connections, houses environmental stewardship opportunities across the state of Hawaiʻi provided by over 200 environmental organizations voluntarily posting their opportunities to the website for the broader Hawaiʻi community to view and utilize.