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Friends Of The Future

Friends of the Future provides administrative support to projects that are independently staffed and funded, time-specific, short-term and fit within Friends’ of the Future’s exempt purpose.

Initiatives begin with Friends of the Future with a plan to become established and transition either into an independent 501(c)3 or to another 501(c)3 organization which more closely matches the project’s long term mission.

Friends of the Future provides fiscal sponsorship relationship structured to meet the specific project’s goals and needs.

Programs & Community Initiatives

Hui Kuapa

Collecting oral histories, and sharing oli, mele and dance so the values and traditions of Hawai’i will be perpetuated.

Waipi’o Valley Community Circle

Community-based planning to preserve and perpetuate Waipi’o Valley as wahi pana – a revered and sacred place. The Circle is a community group that oversees the Education & Information Officer program and is planning an education center/museum at the entrance to Waipi`o Valley.

Hawai’i Island Leadership Series ~ Ulumau

Preparing to confront the needs of our communities by engaging a broad range of emerging leaders in shared experiences which build understanding of, passion for, and commitment to our island.
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Earl’s Garage

Presenting hands-on, minds-on activities for kids ages 7 to 18; based in science, technology, and creativity; designed to inspire a sense of wonder, nurture a passion for learning, and cultivate strong foundations for life.
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Baby STEPS To Stronger Big Island Families

Helping babies thrive and reach their full potential by strengthening families and educators.Two of several Baby STEPS projects are the Waimea and Honoka`a Play and Learn Groups which offer parents opportunities to partner with their child in play, strengthen the bond with their child, and network with other parents and caregivers.
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Tutu’s House

Welcoming all and sharing a variety of educational resources in a safe place to explore health and wellness. Resources include Internet access, recordings, reading materials and volunteer led activities, presentations, and conversations.
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Waimea District Park Builders

Working closely with State, County, and a landowner to facilitate the development of a district park in Waimea.

Friends of Anuenue Playground

Restoring and renovating Waimea’s Anuenue Playground for the continued enjoyment and safety of keiki in our community.

Hawai’i Environmental Education Alliance

Building relationships to improve networking and professionalism throughout Hawai‘i to support development and promotion of high quality environmental education. Click here to learn more.


Empowering West Hawai‘i Island youth ages 11 to 25 to improve personal and education outcomes for success and the future of Hawai‘i.
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Multi-year partnership with Kealakehe Intermediate School providing innovative services to struggling students to strengthen their connection to school, improve their attendance, enhance academic performance, reduce risky behaviors and increase their ability to complete high school.


Na Haumana La‘au Lapa‘au O Papa Auwa

Perpetuating the legacy of 7th generation herbal practitioner Papa Henry Auwae by curating a portion of Lapakahi State Park and carrying on his herbal practitioner traditions.

Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Forum

Elevating the leadership of women, led by women, by growing a series of activities to nurture women to build a legacy for generations to come.
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EnVision Maunakea

Nurturing civil community conversations regarding the future of Maunakea by providing safe, respectful spaces for productive discussion: coming to understand the path that brought us to this moment, how that past informs the future we strive to create for forthcoming generations, and what kind of future we envision for Maunakea 100 years from now.
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Neighborhood Place of Kona

Promoting environments of peace and safety to ensure the wellbeing of children and families.
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