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 Hawaii – Kona
Lisa volunteers with this program that brings miniature horses to hospitals, schools, libraries, community events, and other venues around the island.
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 5 cents 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.
Girl Scout Troop 130
Lisa served as a temporary co-leader for this group of young girls in Kailua-Kona. In 2020 and early 2021, this meant meeting by Zoom, yet our girls still managed to sell over 600 boxes of cookies in 2021!
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.