Kualoa’s Sustainability Plan
One of the primary objectives for Kualoa is the preservation of its Agriculture and Conservation zoned land. Kualoa Ranch, it’s owners and employees all work towards this goal of environmental preservation and sustainability by conducting complimentary activities on the 3,850 acre property.
The primary uses for the Ag land to which the company is committed, are livestock production, aquaculture and diversified agriculture. These agrarian land uses have been practiced, uninterrupted, for decades and form the foundation for the company’s diverse outdoor recreation and education operations.
Since financial stability is essential for long term sustainability, the company has developed and integrated a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities throughout its property, providing guests the opportunity to see the beauty of the undeveloped land, learn about its history and current operations
Natural Area Focus:
The outdoor recreation and education programs take place on some of the most beautiful and sacred places on O’ahu. The horseback, ATV and other narrated tours through the property showcase the natural environment and give guests a close-up opportunity to enjoy the beauty and culture of Hawai‘i. The guides also give the guests information about the natural history, geology, flora and fauna that they witness around them.
Kualoa is not only dedicated to preserving its property from development, it is also committed to doing what it can to promote the conservation and restoration of many of the native ecosystems on the property; fishponds, forests and coastal areas. A primary mission to malama’ āina (care for and preserve the native environment) is part of Kualoa’s employee training and shared with guests on all of the property tours.
Some of the ongoing initiatives include the upkeep and restoration of the 125-acre, 800 year old ancient Hawaiian Moli`i fishpond where employees and volunteer community work groups remove invasive plants and fish species. Other projects include protecting rare and endangered plants by fencing off areas with high concentrations of native plants, planting endangered plants, restoring taro patches (lo‘i), clearing streams, rebuilding natural rock walls and invasive weed control. Participating groups in these projects include community groups, student groups and employees. The goal is to expand participation to guests in the near future by providing voluntourism opportunities.
The Company supports these initiatives through two departments set up within the organization, the Education and Stewardship Departments. The professional staff in these departments will continue to provide and maintain interpretive material dealing with the native environment and is charged with the education of customers, guests, and the community in regards to these materials.
Kualoa has an incredibly rich Hawaiian cultural history. Numerous accounts of legends and recorded history illustrate the significance and uniqueness of Kualoa’s lands to the ancient Hawaiian people. It is part of the company mission to honor and perpetuate an understanding of this legacy. This is done in many ways. Hawaiian cultural sensitivities and protocols are respected and interpreted through the assistance of outside experts as well as dedicated staff members. Kualoa’s Human Resources Department retains a dedicated Trainer who presents monthly classes to all of Kualoa’s employees on Hawaiian culture and monitors all tours and scripts presented to guests to ensure proper and correct cultural presentation. Many employees of Kualoa are educated cultural experts and will work as guides, trainers, instructors and consultants. Lastly, the company creates exhibits throughout the property to help communicate different and interesting aspects of the Hawaiian history and culture.
Contributions to the Local Community:
Being a good “corporate citizen” is a very important goal for the company, and the company contributes in many ways. The most notable of these is through its education programs, headquartered at the Hakipuʽu Learning Center. About 12,000 local school children participate in its company subsidized programs.
The Company also supports the purchasing of local products and services and will use local resources over imported when possible. In addition, Kualoa remains dedicated to its core business of agriculture and has a long-term goal of serving many of the products it grows to guests as well as supporting local farmers in the area.
Whenever possible, Kualoa strives to provide support to local community groups, schools, events and activities by contributing monetary donations, in-kind donations, providing employee volunteers and encouraging staff to participate in community committees, boards and projects.