Hawaiian Island Land Trust
When Team Kōkua traveled to Hawai‘i Island to help protect native forests there, a team of videographers traveled with them to document their day of service and share the inspiring experience on social media. Check out Hawaiian Airlines’ Facebook and YouTube channels to see how #TeamKōkua joined forces with the Hawaiian Island Land Trust to protect and preserve Hawai‘i’s unique natural resources, one indigenous seedling at a time!
Team Kōkua projects not only provide tremendous benefit to the communities that we serve, they also allow our employees to give back and make meaningful contributions to causes that we support, and they provide a great way for us to know each other a bit better. We recently partnered with Waimea Valley Hi‘ipaka to help keep Waimea Falls Park pristine by preventing the encroachment of invasive plants and ensuring the viability of Hawai‘i’s unique plant life.
Volunteers from our Marketing group recently spent a day in the ginger and Heliconia gardens of Waimea Falls Park. They cleared debris and plants that were no longer blooming to make room for new flowers.
Hawaiian Airlines Airport Customer Services team which included Station Managers from airports around our system, also spent time in the park, clearing non-indigenous plants from the area in order to protect the lauhala that grows in the valley near the stream.
Lanakila Meals on Wheels
Hawaiian Airlines Planning & Revenue Management department served Hawai‘i’s kūpuna by delivering hot meals and warm aloha to them at their homes in coordination with the Lanakila Meals on Wheels program. We learned that the seniors are normally home-bound and not mobile enough to shop for food themselves. The team had six cars of volunteers delivering to an average of six homes all over Honolulu. Together they delivered about 40 meals in all.
Jamie shared, “It was a very rewarding experience for us to be a part of a great program. Some seniors were so happy to have visitors and were willing to show us around their home and take pictures with us.”
On O‘ahu, volunteers visited Varona Village to help clean up the historic plantation community. Volunteers removed trash and performed some light reconstruction work. And when the work was done, participants got the opportunity go back in time with a ride on the Hawaiian Railway Society’s vintage train.
Team Kōkua volunteers on the “Valley Isle” went to Maui Farm in Makawao to tend to the land by pulling weeds, cleaning brush and performing other important landscaping to maintain the ‘āina.
Hanapepe Salt Ponds
On Kaua‘i, Team Kōkua cleared debris at the Hanapepe Salt Ponds, ensuring a viable source of Hawaiian salt – and preserving the time-honored tradition of salt-making – for future generations.