Founded in 2006, the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation (HCAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the purpose and mission to support and advance the capacity building, native ecosystem and biocultural conservation work of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance (HCA) through fundraising, advocacy, and strategic outreach and communications.
IUCN HAWAII CLIMATE FUND!
To honor Hawaii’s role as host of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in September 2016, the Hawaiian Airlines Foundation teamed up with the Foundation to establish the IUCN Hawaii Climate Fund. The $50,000 fund supports grants for Hawaii non-profits battling the effects of climate change. Grants were awarded to the following organizations in January 2017:
- Hawaii Forest Institute for Hoola Ka Makana a Ka upulehu Drylands Forest
- University of Hawaii Department of Geography for the Carbon Neutrality Challenge
- Kalanihale for Understanding and Responding to Climate Change Impacts on Marine Resources in South Kona
Check back with us in early 2018 to learn the results of their work.
KONA BREWING COMPANY MAKANA SERIES
Kona Brewing Company selected the Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation as a recipient of its 2017 Makana Series, recognizing Hawaii charities that pave the way for a sustainable future for our planet. As part of the Series, the company crafted a special beer, Vienna Lehua Lager, named after Hawaii’s dominant forest tree, ohia lehua.
The tree is suffering from a deadly disease, Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) in alarming numbers. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each beer are being donated to the Foundation to support awareness of ROD. The lager was unveiled to the public during the 2017 annual Hawaii Conservation Conference, for which Kona Brewing Company was also an event sponsor.
In June 2017, the Foundation adopted a 10 x 10 plot of nearshore reef in Maunalua Bay in an effort to remove invasive algae from the bay and restore native species. Each month, the Foundation and Alliance host workdays to remove as much invasive algae from our plot and surrounding area. So far, we have collected over 800 pounds! Foundation corporate partners, Microsoft Ala Moana and Kona Brewing Company support our monthly “Laulima Maunalua”. A warm mahalo to both!
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OUR KEY SUPPORTERS
Hau oli Mau Loa Foundation
Harold H.K. Castle Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation
IUCN Hawaii Host Committee
East West Center
Hawaiian Electric Company
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Kona Brewing Company
Hawaii Pacific Parks
Hawaii Forest & Trail
The Wildlife Society, Hawaii Chapter
Board of Directors
RANDALL W. KENNEDY
Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Retired
U.S. National Park Service, Retired
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History Former Director, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance
H.T. Harvey & Associates