"Thank you for your firm’s generous donation to the Butterfly Society of Hawaii to help establish the future home of the first public butterfly garden in Hawaii. It is the cooperation and generosity of civic minded people such as yourselves that we are able to put together this project. It will not only be a thing of beauty, but will serve as an educational platform to teach people, mostly children, about the importance of butterflies as indicators of the health of our environment as well as serving as secondary pollinators."
– Butterfly Society of Hawaii. 2008 recipient.
"Thank you! We are honored to have been chosen for the award and want to thank the Group 70 Foundation for choosing to fund hands-on environmental education programs for Hawaii’s school children. We believe that providing this service to our future leaders will not only benefit Hawaii’s fragile ecosystems, but also the self-esteem, community pride, and physical and mental health of our keiki."
– Hawaii Nature Center. 2008 recipient.
"The Kohala Center’s Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network Project is pleased to receive this grant award from Group 70. Food sustainability and self-reliance is now being talked about at all levels of society. Passing on the knowledge of food production, land stewardship, nutritional excellence, and ecosystem health to our keiki and youth is paramount to building the sustainable communities we all envision for the future."
– The Kohala Center, Inc. 2008 recipient.
"Made possible by a generous philanthropic gift by Group 70 International Foundation, The National Tropical Botanical Garden has committed to establishing a demonstration garden to showcase native Hawaiian flora directly adjacent to the newly completed eco-friendly Botanical Research Center on the Garden Isle. This 53,000 sq, ft demonstration garden has been designed to enhance our visitors’ experiences, allowing for direct interaction with native flora found exclusively in Hawai‘i’s lowland mesic forests. Education and conservation initiatives on Kaua‘i’s south shore will be substantially enhanced due to the creation of this demonstration/teaching garden. NTBG is proud to offer this garden to enhance our visitors’ experience."
– National Tropical Botanical Garden. 2008 recipient.
"We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been chosen by the Group 70 Foundation Fund for a grant. We believe that our work with the community of Maunalua Bay is nicely aligned with the Group 70 theme for this year of creating sustainable, compassionate and resilient communities in Hawaii where all people flourish for generations to come. We can’t thank you enough for your vision and commitment to a sustainable Hawai‘i."
– The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. 2008 recipient.
"The North Kohala Community Resource Center provides support, education and bridges to funding for community improvement projects. Currently we sponsor 56 projects. One of our projects is the Ko nea ‘O Kukui Garden restoration project, the grateful recipient of the Group 70 Fund grant."
– North Kohala Community Resource Center. 2008 recipient.

Past Award Recipients


Hawai‘i Association of Watershed PartnershipsHawai‘i Association of Watershed Partnerships

Amount: $2,800. Year: 2009

To increase the effective management and protection of mauka watershed areas.




Hawai‘i Forest Institute PartnershipsHawai‘i Forest Institute Partnerships

Amount: $2,500. Year: 2009

To help restore and perpetuate endangered dryland forest ecosystems on 70 acres of land in Ka‘upulehu, North Kona.


Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘IkeMa Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike

Amount: $2,500. Year: 2009

To reach at-risk youth by teaching them hands on through real-life application in a way that makes sense to them, that builds their self-esteem, and shows them they have the power to change their own futures.


Butterfly Society of HawaiiButterfly Society of Hawaii

Amount: $2,000. Year: 2008

To create Hawaii’s first outdoor living habitat for butterflies – a living laboratory that will demonstrate the importance they have on the environment.


Hawaii Nature CenterHawaii Nature Center

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2008

To foster an interest in natural sciences and critical thinking through hands-on experiences in the rainforest, on the coast or exploring a wetland.

The Kohala Center, IncThe Kohala Center, Inc.

Amount: $8,000. Year: 2008

To increase consumption of local vegetable, fruit, and protein by teaching students, their school communities, and their family networks the value and methods of food production.



National Tropical Botanical GardenNational Tropical Botanical Garden

Amount: $4,000. Year: 2008

To enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions.

The Nature Conservancy of HawaiiThe Nature Conservancy of Hawaii

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2008

To ensure an environment where marine life is abundant, the water is clean and clear, and where people take responsibility for caring for and sustainably managing the resources.

North Kohala Community Resource CenterNorth Kohala Community Resource Center

Amount: $4,500. Year: 2008

To support the construction of a 10 foot by 12 foot permanent building to house and protect the tiller, mower and tables and chairs from the salt air and installation of an enclosed composting toilet.

Hawaii SEEDHawai‘i SEED

Amount: $8,000. Year: 2007

To generate widespread awareness of local food security issues and garner support for sustainable island agriculture ventures.



TREE Center HawaiiTREE Center Hawai‘i

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2007

To forge lifelong connections between people and Hawaii’s forests through ongoing restoration and education programs.


Re-use HawaiiRe-use Hawai‘i

Amount: $7,500. Year: 2007

To preserve our natural resources and sustain Hawaii’s ecosystem by providing an affordable building material source as an alternative to demolition.

Hui Mālama Learning Center - Wailuku, HI

Amount: $3,000. Year: 2006

To create a video encouraging youth to protect our fragile island environment and keep our communities safe in the event of natural disasters.



The Tree HawaiiThe Tree Hawai‘i - Kealakekua, HI

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2006

To bring young people ages 8-18 to TREE’s educational sites throughout West Hawaii, where they will participate in active, hands-on exploration by studying in the field and taking part in environmental service projects.




Kokua Kalihi Valley

Kōkua Kalihi Valley

Amount: $7,000. Year: 2005

To restore areas traditionally used for agriculture production and to provide a model for larger-scale community gardening efforts in Honolulu’s urban areas.

Windward Ahupua'a Alliance

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2005

To address windward flooding by creating a moku-wide Ko‘olau Poko Flood Control Council.

Ala Wai Watershed Association

Amount: $8,000. Year: 2004

Sustaining community participation in environmental improvement events.

Hawai‘i Nature Center

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2004

Environmental education for disadvantaged children on Oahu and Maui.

Kealakehe Neighborhood Watch Community Association

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2003

Kona living ahupua‘a project.

Windward Ahupua‘a Alliance - Ko‘olau Greenbelt

Amount: $5,000. Year: 2003

Sustainable educational and environmental activities.

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