Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s 20 Year Anniversary 2003-2023

A message from our Co-Founders


20 years of Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation! What an amazing two decades it has been! Developing a nonprofit organization in Hawaiʻi has meant growing partnerships and friendships that are rooted in the common goal of working to make the future greener and brighter for all of our Keiki. It has been the honor of our lifetime to work alongside such an inspiring staff, board, and dedicated volunteer base striving towards a common vision.

As we see the first generation of students that began the journey with us in elementary school, now all grown up and entering the world as stewards of the earth, it’s not always easy to quantify the impact Kōkua has had on their lives.  We hope that the information in this 20 Year Impact Report can help to paint the picture of the work it takes to foster a more engaged and compassionate community.

We look forward to many more years of working alongside all of you.


Kim & Jack Johnson

KHF Co-Founders

20 Years In 20 Minutes! Watch our Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Impact Video:

Explore Our 20 Year Impact Report Below or Download Here:

“I was just a senior in high school when I volunteered at the first Kōkua Festival. Now I am a UH professor. Every single thing that Kōkua has given me i've been able to give back. That seed has grown in me so strong that I want other people to experience it. I have seen little ones that have had ʻĀINA In Schools and now they're my students in college becoming teachers saying things about how they remember harvesting all of that ʻuala in their ʻĀINA lessons"

- Dr. Summer Maunakea, Professor at University of Hawaiʻi & Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation ʻĀINA Program Specialist + Volunteer at First Kōkua Festival

“I came to Sunset Beach Elementary School and I got to participate in the ʻĀINA In Schools Program from kindergarten through sixth grade. And now that I am back here as a teacher, I love to see the full circle, now my students get to learn and participate in fun activities to learn about healthy habits and live a healthy lifestyle”

- Darcie Burke, Teacher at Sunset Beach Elementary School + Former ʻĀINA In Schools Student

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We will be celebrating our 20 Year Anniversary all year long! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop or Become A Member to be the first to know about fun events & activities.

Kōkua Learning Farm To Table Dinner with Chef Ed Kenney Thursday, October 26 from 4pm-7pm

Join us for our first Farm To Table dinner on the Kōkua Learning Farm with KHF Board Member & Chef Ed Kenney! Enjoy a 100% locally grown meal under Kaʻala with friends and family. Tickets are limited with KHF Members receiving presale ticket options. Become a Member by Wednesday September 27 to get access to presale tickets! Tickets will go on sale to Members on Friday, September 29 and then to the public on Monday October 2!

Did you notice our new logo? We created a new logo that is inspired by the beauty of our Haleʻiwa home, with mount Kaʻala as our prominent feature!

We are working on a new website to share all of Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundationʻs new offerings, events & activities! Stay tuned!