Aloha Kaho`olawe: KIRC Fundraising Campaign Needs Your Kokua!

A message from the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission Staff…

Hawaiʻi State legislators have challenged the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) to exhibit community support of our work. We have 30 days to raise the necessary funds to continue our volunteer and restoration programs through the summer; the lifeblood of our kuleana to restore life to Kahoʻolawe.

Since 1994, we have worked to restore, protect and preserve the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve alongside 10,000 of the most hard working volunteers we have had the honor of meeting. Together, we have planted nearly 1/2-million native plants in a place riddled with UXO (unexploded ordnance) that is largely impervious to water. Our small staff has cared for an entire island, acting as the local board of water supply, electric company, public works department, telephone and radio communications provider, and department of transportation while simultaneously engaging community groups in the cultural, scientific and educational offerings of this special place.

Kaho‘olawe is for all of us: students, teachers, researchers, botanists, biologists, mechanics, carpenters, cultural practitioners, families and more — from all walks of life. Together, we have embarked on the largest restoration effort on the planet. Only by demonstrating that our community values the historical, cultural, ecological and community building resources shared through the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve can we continue this work.

If you have been impacted by Kahoʻolawe in any way – as a volunteer, friend, teacher, student, artist, researcher or otherwise interested community or family member, we hope that you will join in our membership campaign to Aloha Kahoʻolawe. We rely on you now more than ever to help plant the seeds that our succeeding generations will watch over.

Please give what you can.

Visit the Fundraising Campaign Site for Aloha Kaho’olawe here: http://www.gofundme.com/alohakahoolawe2015