We believe in keeping connected with our community and living our mission statement. Toward that end, we are currently engaged in these ways:
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaiʻi – KonaLisa volunteers every Sunday morning with this program that serves people with special needs by providing riding lessons and equine-assisted learning activities. Most of our participants are school age young people with varied abilities. Lisa is the Horse Leader Coordinator for the program which means that she not only leads horses for riders still working on a leadline, but also monitors the horses and other horse leaders. She also serves as a part-time instructor and occasional sidewalker.
Ke Kai Ola Lisa volunteers every Wednesday morning at The Marine Mammal Center’s Kona program at the “seal hospital” known as Ke Kai Ola. This program is part of a much larger network of TMMC facilities, but is the only one of its kind in the islands. We specialize in care for critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals that may be suffering from injuries, early abandonment, or other difficult circumstances. Lisa serves on the husbandry team, caring for any patients that happen to be in the facility on Wednesdays.
Pickin’ Up Hawai’i – Tim started this initiative when he had to lay off his daily run for a while. Instead, he walked his usual running routes with a trash bag and picked up as much litter as he could carry. Now that he’s back to running, he still picks up on his two to three mile route every day and people are starting to notice and help with the effort. In his first two years, he’s removed over 34,000 pieces of litter from our neighborhood roadways, from plastic straws to underwear to car parts. Beverage bottles continue to be the most common items so he recycles the HI-5 labeled cans and bottles, donating the 5cents per container to the county.
Hawaii Island Festival of Birds – Every year, Tim and Lisa volunteer to work the Bird Fair at the Festival of Birds. Lisa was the manager of the event in its first year, but after a reminder about being semi-retired, now is content to volunteer the day of the event and follow up with evaluations and survey materials.
West Hawaii Beekeepers Association – Tim still keeps bees and we usually have between two and four hives active at any given time. The honey flows year-round in Hawaii and staying involved with and learning from other beekeepers in the area has been very helpful. We occasionally host the monthly meetings at our farm and yes, our extra honey is for sale.
10% Back – Every coffee purchase allows us to give 10% back to the community by way of donations to organizations and projects throughout the island. Some recipients have included the Hawaii Wildlife Center, Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii-Kona, Kona Orchid Society, and various youth-related organizations.