Community Building centers around the two-way sharing of knowledge, ideas, and culture to foster strong bonds between individuals, within the cohort, with volunteer partner orgs, and with the general public.

Programming includes:

  • Group community service volunteer activities including:
    • Restoring Huilua Fishpond with 808 Cleanups
    • Lo’i Day at Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi
    • Removing invasive species at Ka’ena Point with UH CTAHR and Hawaii Botanical Society
  • Networking events with the local professional community


Bruce Hoffman“The Huilua Fishpond experience was the most spiritual and moving experience I’ve been part of. It really brought our group together in an amazing and unique way.”

— Bruce Hoffman

Charlie Salas

“Awesome seeing different parts of the island and learning from experts in their field.”

— Charlie Salas

Laura Tesseneer“Really enjoyed learning about the history and the future of the Huilua Fishpond. Coupling the HMAR with the fishpond learning felt pono. The thoughtfulness that went into the planning resonated through our kumu.”

— Laura Tesseneer

Nicki Chiu-Wang“The happy hour was awesome. I’m all for shopping and would love to do more shopping events! I’d even be game to help organize shopping events with local stores/brands, I did that all the time with my startup!”

— Nicki Chiu-Wang

Sherrie Takaki“Huilua Fishpond was the BEST EVENT SO FAR!!!!! Great team building, team/individual engagement, history, past/present/future, and loved learning. Loved it!”

— Sherrie Takaki

Paige Rogers“I appreciated learning about the local plants (history, name, function) at Kaʻena Point and enjoyed the work itself with CTAHR and Hawaii Botanical Society.”

— Paige Rogers

A Look Into Community Building

  • Learning about Hawaiian aquaculture at Huilua Fishpond with 808 Cleanups.
    Learning about Hawaiian aquaculture at Huilua Fishpond with 808 Cleanups.