Our Story is a Journey of Hope

About Us

Our Mission on O‘ahu & Maui

Hawai‘i Nature Center seeks to foster awareness, appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of Hawai‘i’s environment by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.

Branching Out: We teach children about nature

We connect children and families to nature. More than 1 million children have benefited from our programs since we took root in 1981. Each year, more than 20,000 children come to us and are introduced to the wonders of the wild. More than 100 O‘ahu schools and more than 20 on Maui choose to partner with us as our programs meet State of Hawaii’s Department of Education Standards and our curriculum makes learning fun. 

Our Roots

This noble work started deep in a tropical rainforest in 1972 when the Outdoor Circle’s Parks Committee proposed an education center in O‘ahu’s Makiki Valley. Margaret Smith Young of Tantalus was a driving force in its early years. By 1981, the Makiki Environmental Education Center opened and five years later it grew in to an independent 501(c)3 non-profit called the Hawai‘i Nature Center. In 1991, the organization branched out to Maui and established a center in sacred ‘Īao Valley where we offer a vibrant collection of programs. We are an environmental education nonprofit that is not a chapter of a larger organization. We are local and independent and rely on support from friends like you.

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Create A Better Hawai‘i

We believe that children hold the future in their hands. It is our kuleana to leave our keiki a better Hawai‘i.

Collaborate for Nature

We believe that partnerships can create exponential change. We are a collaboration of people for nature.

Aim for Zero Waste

We believe in mindful consumption. Together, we can strive for zero waste and leave a smaller carbon footprint.

We love nature

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Piia Aarma
Pineapple Tweed PR & Marketing

VICE PRESIDENT

McKibbin Mist
Gentry Homes

SECRETARY

Randall F. Sakumoto
Esq., McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon

TREASURER

Tim Anderson
BEK Construction

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Dee Dee Letts
Resolutions Hawaii
Tran Chinery

Alexander & Baldwin

Bruce Coppa

Capitol Consultants of Hawaii

Everett Dowling

Dowling Company

Meleana Estes

Meleana Designs

Nick Heyd

Kilohana

G. Robert Johnston

Hawaii Pacific Solar

Michele Loudermilk

Esq., Cades Schutte

Christian M. O'Connor

Centre City Management

Hokuao Pellegrino

Kamehameha Schools

Jerry Rauckhorst

Retired from Catholic Charities Hawaii

Stephen K. Rodgers

Bank of Hawaii

Andrew Yani

Hanapohaku

1,000,0000
KEIKI EDUCATED
108
O'AHU SCHOOL PARTNERS
22
MAUI SCHOOL PARTNERS
927
VOLUNTEERS

Nature calls us to branch out

Help us educate, celebrate and advocate for a stronger bond between people and nature.

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