Partnerships

Kanu Hawaii is a founding partner of Zero Waste Oahu and a fiscal sponsor of Pono Home, Shifted Energy, March for Science, and Hui Aloha. Read about how we collaborate and the work that these organizations do to improve local communities.

Shifted Energy develops and deploys integrated solutions to retrofit electric water heaters into grid-interactive energy storage devices at low cost and massive scale. Shifted Energy began as a project under Kanu Hawaii and has since grown into an for-profit, social venture that Kanu retains an ownership stake in, but stands alone outside of the nonprofit. Incubating this social enterprise and spinning it off to become their own entity allows us to increase our overall capacity to address social issues while growing social change agents.

Hui Aloha grows community through conducting outreach to the houseless community, organizing service activities, and building relationships to take care of place and each other. Hui Aloha was a concept originally conceived and currently operated by Kanu Hawaii founders. The idea of a “lifetime of service” is embodied by these kuleana practitioners. Kanu Hawaii is honored to play a supportive role to its founding members, or any community members, that wish to step forward and organize to solve local challenges. Services such as fiscal sponsorships are just one way Kanu Hawaii helps extend reach and impact across Hawaii.

Pono Home provides free “green home” audits that help homeowners understand the causes of high utility bills (e.g. electronics, lighting, appliances, leaks, and more). Kanu Hawaii partnered with Pono Home on a grant to provide energy efficiency upgrades to low-income Kauai residents through a direct install home visit program.

March for Science celebrates the scientific process mai ka lewa lani i luna a ka papakū i lalo loa (from the heavens above to the earth below). Kanu Hawaii provided a formal structure for a group of University of Hawaii professors to host the March and processed all donations.

Zero Waste Oahu is building a healthier future, with a balanced consumer culture and less waste, through a system of proactive interventions in our current production methods, purchasing practices, and waste management, systems. Kanu Hawaii collaborated with Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Surfrider Oahu, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and the Sierra Club of Hawaii to establish Zero Waste Oahu.