Hawai’i Island is a sacred, unique place that must be protected. This knowledge inspired us to create Sustainable Hawai’i, an inspiring, empowering and interactive resource to help everyone, youth and adults alike, go green and care for our environment.

Click on any of the links below to view the different Sustainable Goals for Hawai’i:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan

State of Hawaii’s Ka Hei Program

Aloha + Challenge Dashboard

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Who are we?

This website and application provides a free online resource to youth, educators, business and community on Sustainability in Hawaii. By spotlighting the great work in our communities we can help support a green economy with jobs to enable Hawaii’s youth to practice economical, ecological, political, and cultural sustainability.

Design Thinking Hawaii and The Stone Soup Leadership Institute partnered to develop the website and application through stakeholder input and involvement. The work is funded by the support of the State of Hawaii through its expending agency, the Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism – Office of Planning.

Hawaii’s Sustainable Goals

“How Solar Works” – ExtremeTech

Land Use Planning

Hawaii is made up of more than 11,000 square miles, spread across eight main islands. Our lands have cultural significance for our people. How we protect our natural resources, while staying culturally respectable, is everything.

Hawaiian Electric “Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Plan”

Renewable Energy

Hawaii State’s ambitious goal is to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.   If the goal is achieved, by 2045 all of the island chain’s electricity will come from renewable energy sources, such as, biofuel, geothermal, hydroelectricity, ocean energy, solar and wind.

“Parting Shot: A Beautiful Job” – Hawaii Business Magazine

Zero Waste/Recycling

Sadly, Hawaii is suffocated with trash.  Over 1.4 billion tons of trash end up in the ocean every year.  Thankfully, trash-reducing organizations are working together to help reduce the amount of opala.

Source: “Take Part – Hawaii Local Food” article by Todd Woody

Food Security

Food security means having enough nutritious food to feed everyone all the time.  We import 85% of our food—most from the continental United States,  2,500 miles away. Everyone needs food to eat, and we shouldn’t have to rely on planes and ships to bring it to us.

Source: “Characteristics of Hawaiian Hula Dance”

Cultural Sustainability

The Hawaiian Islands’ rich culture is embedded in its indigenous language, people, practices and natural resources.  The Kumulipo, or The Hawaiian Creation Chant, speaks of the relationships between the land and the heaven and the ocean, between the plants and the animals, and finally between man and woman.

Source: “Parting Shot: A Beautiful Job” – Hawaii Business Magazine

Green Jobs/Economy

Green jobs are the #1 solution to achieve Hawaii’s sustainability goals – from transitioning to 100% renewable energy to creating local food security to increasing our biodiversity to protecting our oceans and coral reefs.  Building a green workforce is key to our success.

Source: Pixdaus

Coral Reef Restoration & Ocean Preservation

The Hawaiian archipelago has suffered from several extreme coral bleaching events, caused by high ocean temperatures. If climate change were to stop today, scientists expect 90% of coral will die by 2050.  The ocean is dying–and with it much of our world’s food supply.

Source: “May Izumi” – Second Conference on Water Resource Sustainability Issues on Tropical Islands

Water Resource Management

Water is especially important for isolated island chains like Hawaii.  70% goes to agriculture.  How can we share the water and effectively manage it so that we all have what we need to thrive?

Source: Unknown

Biodiversity Conservation

Hawaii is often called the “endangered species capital of the world.”. . How do we protect Hawaiian biodiversity from the threats of climate change, invasive species, hunting and population growth?

Source: Climate Exchange by Kilian Raiser

Climate Refugees

Climate change and extreme weather from floods, wildfires and droughts is forcing people from their homes. Environmental migration has become one of the most challenging economic and humanitarian crises in recent years.

Source: “Earth Day” – Infinite Energy

Global Sustainability

7.3 billion people. Trillions of animals and organisms. One Earth.  We all share our planet’s precious and dwindling natural resources. What can we do so there is enough to go around in a world threatened by climate change? 

Source: Pillars of Peace Hawaii

Community Partnerships

Hawaii is made up of multi-culturally rich and diverse communities. However, we all share the same basic needs – Food,  Water,  Shelter, and  Jobs.  To realize our sustainability goals, we must work together for the good of all.

Source: Leilani Estates Hawaii – CNN

Environmental Disaster Preparation

Tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions regularly ravage Hawaii’s islands.
These environmental disasters can be devastating to our local, rural communities. It’s important that each of us is prepared. 



Want to keep up to date with what’s happening?

Here you can find a list of interesting articles on each of our 13 Sustainable Goals.

Learning/Education Tools

Are you a teacher wanting to inspire our keiki to clean up our environment? Here you will find an assortment of curriculums on each of our 13 Sustainable Goals!

Tips and Resources

Check out our tips and resources prepared by subject matter experts to give you all the knowledge and advice you need to begin living a greener lifestyle!


Check out exciting and inspiring videos on our 13 Sustainable Goals



Did you know?

Right now, green energy or Renewable Energy makes up ONLY 25% of Hawaii’s energy.  By 2045, we hope 100% of our energy is green energy!

Fossil & Oil
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative project celebrates 10 years of success!

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