Conservation Themed Wedding Present: Hawaii Edition
August 30, 2017 6:49 PM   Subscribe

A dear friend got married two weeks ago and I was unable to attend due to financial issues on my end. I haven't sent a card or a gift yet either because the couple did a honeyfund for their registry and every experience has been fulfilled by others. Since I can't afford to send them something fancy, I'd like to make donations to two charities or initiatives dedicated to preserving their honeymoon destination, Hawaii.

Friend and Husband are in Kauai right now! She loves to hike and both she and her hubby are big on conservation. It would be wonderful to be able to send them some sort of certificate or two showing that donations have been made in their name towards that effort.

What organizations would you recommend, and what else could I do to jazz up the present since I can't donate very much? ($25 to each charity, two charities max).
posted by Hermione Granger to Grab Bag (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Waipa Foundation is Kauai-based and does culturally rooted projects. Kupu Hawaii is a youth conservation org. Maybe pick one org as the beneficiary and also send them some kalo chips? This mom and pop shop on Kauai is the yummiest but I don't think they do any mail order.
posted by spamandkimchi at 8:12 PM on August 30, 2017

Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission (reforest uninhabited island of Kaho'olawe, which was polluted by military munitions exercises)

Kua'aina Ulu Auamo (grassroots network teaching and promoting sustainable Hawaiian resource management)

Polynesian Voyaging Society (grassroots network that built a fucking canoe, learned celestial navigation, and sailed to Tahiti to prove their ancestors did it, now they sail it around the world "to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments" I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING)

Kauai Independent Food Bank (can't plant trees hungry)
posted by Snarl Furillo at 10:02 PM on August 30, 2017 [2 favorites]

I grew up on the Big Island. One of my former professors worked at The Kohala Center, a very active center for environmental research, conservation, and community education. I've followed their work for years and they would be my first pick for donations. Thanks for doing this!
posted by olopua at 7:33 AM on August 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

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