Kanu Hawaii Live Aloha Challenge


Image Growing a more sustainable, resilient Hawaii starts with planting seeds in our own neighborhoods.

Goal

Challenge participants to reach out "3 doors down" in both directions from their home, engaging their immediate neighbors.

  • Be aware of our neighbors: Creating relationships with our neighbors provides a mutual support and security system.
  • Take care of our neighborhoods: Building sustainable, environmentally-friendly communities together.
  • Prepare our community together: Our resilient, vibrant neighborhoods become the foundation for local economies less dependent on imported oil and food.

Planting the seeds of community.

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Kanu members held emergency preparedness workshops across the state, partnering with the Red Cross and local libraries to engage and educate the community. Following the tsunami in Japan, the preparedness workshops — held during Hawaii's hurricane season — delivered timely information and guidance in preparing families and neighborhoods for disasters.

Around the state, Kanu members organized neighborhood gatherings over meals, meetings, and more, talking story while planting seeds of community.

Recognizing the critical role of community in times of crisis, Governor Neil Abercrombie declared the last week of April 2011 as "Live Aloha in Your Neighborhood Week," a testament to the inspirational work of Kanu members, the Red Cross, Hawaii State Civil Defense, and other community partners.

Annie Koh, one of three volunteer leaders of this campaign, wrote a story about her experperience with reaching out to get to know her neighbors better during the "Live Aloha in Your Neighborhood Challenge." Annie's story won first place in Shareable's "Share or Die Storytelling Contest." Read the story here.

Beyond the Challenge.

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In past years, Kanu members and community groups co-organized dozens of simultaneous service projects throughout the state, offering a visible, meaningful example of "living aloha." Projects were intended to grow into lasting partnerships between Kanu members and the community groups.

Some examples of recent projects include building a garden at an Oahu elementary school, constructing a fence in Maui to protect Hawksbill turtles, and restoring a Molokai fishpond.


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