Kupu's monthly newsletter!
Aloha kakou!

Wow - October is already here and the year will be coming to a close before we know it! A scary thought, but also a reminder of how quickly time flies. We need to steward our time well and be intentional about treating each and every day as a gift. This month's newsletter has some really exciting things to look at, including past members receiving national recognition, awesome YouTube videos, expanding programs, and an exciting upcoming way YOU and your 'ohana can support Kupu while saving money and becoming more sustainable!!!
There is one item I'd like to highlight in particular that the Kupu Team and I are really excited to share about.  Kupu has been nationally granted provisional accreditation by the Corps Center of Excellence, which states we meet the highest standards of a youth corps nationally. It also means that we meet the standards of our Federal partners, set forth by the Federal Advisory Committee of The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.  Kupu is really proud to represent our state on a national as the only Hawaii organization to have this status and we know that it will create greater opportunities for our members and it also shows that Kupu's programs have excellence even when measured at a national scale. Thank you to everyone being such huge supporters of Kupu, as this would not be possible without such great partners, volunteers, members, staff, leadership teams, Board of Directors, alumni, and other supporters.  Mahalo nui loa for your continued support and I hope to see more of you in person in the days to come. 

John Leong
Kupu Executive Director

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Coming soon: Kupu-Sunetric Campaign

Make the switch to solar and help Kupu's programs too! For every solar purchase made by a Kupu supporter, Sunetric will be offering customers a $500 rebate AND they will donate $500 to Kupu's programs!! More info will be sent out in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you may call Sunetric at 262-6600.

Latest News & Highlights

Kupu Receives New Accreditation

Kupu is the only organization in the state of Hawaii, and one of just 38 in the nation to receive provisional accreditation from the Corps Center of Excellence!

PBN Article Features Kupu's AmeriCorps Grant

Pacific Business News featured an article this month highlighting Kupu's recent AmeriCorps grant award, which totals $5.1 million. The award will  be used over the span of three years to support Kupu's ever-growing programs.

Kupu Alumni Featured in New Book Released Nation-Wide

Mari Takemoto-Chock and Linnea Heu, Kupu alumni, are featured in The Corps Network's new book "Join The Crew"! The book features the stories of over 60 service and conservation corps interns across 25 different states. Click read more to learn more about the book and see how Mari and Linnea's experiences with Kupu have impacted them years later.

RISE Program Starts 8 New Interns

RISE recently welcomed 8 new interns to the program! The interns will be working across Oahu, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island on projects with Hawaii Energy, Howard Hughes, The Kukui Cup, the Department of Health, and the Hawaii Fish Trust. Click "read more" to get to know each intern's background and project!

CommunityU's Fall Graduation

Six interns successfully completed CommunityU's Fall 2013 cohort, where they gained important life and professional skills, environmental awareness, and built connections for a brighter future. The event included awesome performances by Life 360 and awards recognizing three of the interns for their attendance, hard work, and overall dedication. Click "see photos" for all the action. Congratulations boys!

Kupu on Youtube: A Day in the Life of An Intern

Two Kupu alumni and one host site manager took it upon themselves to film their experiences with the Gateway and CommunityU programs. Chris, Shelley, and Tim show us the hardwork, fun, and incredible scenic beauty they encountered in this year's programs. Click watch now to see their awesome videos!

Reyn Spooner Donates Aloha Wear to CommunityU

Well known aloha shirt company Reyn Spooner graciously donated some beautiful shirts to Kupu's CommunityU Program recently. Mahalo Reyn Spooner for your support and for helping our youth look their best for their future job interviews! See the interns modeling their shirts by clicking "read more".


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 Kupu's Green Calendar
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