An effort to transform contentious rhetoric into a civil facilitated conversations about the future of the entire mountain. In late Spring 2018, a document containing all input received will be shared with the community, agencies, institutions and organizations in hopes of finding a consensus path forward for appropriate activities and protocols on Maunakea.
Friends of Anuenue Playground
A volunteer-led and community-funded program raised more than $400,000 to rebuild Anuenue Playground in Waimea; the community build was completed in October 2017; community members will perform ongoing maintenance under a Hawaiʻi County Friends of the Park Agreement.
Ha Ola O Waipi‘o Valley
A community membership organization dedicated to improving community collaboration and preservation of the Valley through hands on activities. Friends of the Future serves as fiscal sponsor for funding from DLNR and State Department of Agriculture to implement a long term stream management plan created with support from County, State and Federal agencies.
Hawai‘i Environmental Education Alliance
Provides professional development for formal and non-formal environmental educators throughout the State in partnership with NOAA, State Department of Education and other environmental groups.
Hawai‘i Island Leadership Series ~ Ulumau
A year-long series designed to prepare and engage existing and emerging Hawaiʻi Island public and private sector leaders. Through the curriculum, participants learned about confronting our community challenges and taking action to address them. Since its 2003 formation, more than 125 island leaders have graduated and, as Ulumau Alumni, are encouraged to continue a commitment to community networking for action.
Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Forum
The result of women, eager to take positive action to elevate leadership, coming together to host an inaugural Forum in 2015. Their vision is to “grow a series of activities and events that will nurture women on all levels of leadership and contribute to building a lasting legacy for generations to come.” Since then, a 2nd Forum attended by 345 women was held in 2016, additional workshops were offered in 2017, and planning is underway for a 2018 Forum.
Neighborhood Place of Kona
Provides family strengthening support services throughout West Hawaiʻi through its mission to ensure the wellbeing of children and families by providing environments of peace and safety. Founded in 1997 under Friends of the Future’s umbrella, the organization received non-profit status in 2001 and returned to an affiliate relationship with Friends of the Future in 2016.
North Hawaiʻi’s community health and wellness resource center providing a welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere for people to gather, share, explore and practice the parts of health that are under our control. An average of 35 programs are offered monthly serving more than 1,200 individuals with information about nutrition, exercise, yoga, and chronic health support groups along with social wellbeing activities such as quilting, knitting, music and creative writing.
Waimea District Park Builders
A small group of community members with a vision to build a couple of softball fields for recreation. The once small dream grew and recently manifested with the dedication of the Waimea Regional Park near the Parker Ranch Rodeo Grounds. Friends of the Future hold funds the group raised to provide additional equipment not included in the County Parks & Recreation budget.
Waipiʻo Valley Community Circle
Began in 2000 at the request of Valley residents. Friends of the Future serves as convener of community meetings to address issues of concern. The Waipiʻo Information & Education Officer program resulted from community action.