Hawaiʻi Nature Center
Since its humble beginnings in Makiki Valley in 1981, the Hawaiʻi Nature Center has touched the lives of over three-quarters of a million children, teachers, families and visitors. The organization continues to fulfill an important educational and conservation purpose: “to foster awareness, appreciation and understanding of Hawaiʻi’s environment and to encourage wise stewardship of the Hawaiian Islands by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.” The legacy of the Nature Center’s in-the-field programs is an environmentally literate public, whose understanding of local natural and cultural history, environmental and sustainability issues are grounded in an inspired sense of place. People at all stages of life participate in the Nature Center’s curriculum-based experiential programs, expert-led seminars and hikes, and volunteer habitat restoration projects. The programs engender a life-long appreciation, understanding and value for our practice of stewardship.