Kaiāulu – Building Community

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Community partnerships are vital to the sustainability of our programs for ‘ohana and youth. To piggyback on the blog from two weeks ago titled “Kīpuka”, we would like to share what Global Village wrote about the importance of our partnership from their perspective as a longstanding family-owned retail business and pillar of character in the Kailua community.

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Global Village is committed to preserving the environment and giving back to the community, and our almost two-year partnership with Hoʻokuaʻāina is part of our efforts to do so. We view Hoʻokuaʻāina as an asset to our community.

Global Village sees the importance in Dean and Michele Wilhelm’s vision to create a gathering place for people in the community to connect with and care for the ‘āina, perpetuate Hawaiian culture through the cultivation and preparation of traditional foods, and to be a place that would ultimately bring healing to people, especially at-risk youth.

As a fixture in Kailua’s retail community for over twenty years, Global Village is happy to promote what Hoʻokauaʻāina has to offer. The Hawaiian culture-based organic farming program for families of Windward O‘ahu that emphasizes experiential learning, reflection, mentor-based instruction and direct involvement in cultivating community and the abundance of the land, is something that Global Village believes in.

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Global Village facilitates our mission of awareness of Hoʻokuaʻāina throughout the customer’s shopping experience, at the time of purchase, through social media, and at an annual visit to Kapalai Farm.

We use our recyclable bag program as a way to educate customers (visitors and residents) about Hoʻokuaʻāina through our recyclable bag program. We take advantage of the opportunity to convey the environmental and health benefits of reusing and recycling bags in order to minimize pollution in our islands. In addition, we inform customers that we donate 25ȼ for each bag not taken, letting our customers know that they are also supporting Hoʻokuaʻāina and all their programs. Since 2015, Hoʻokuaʻāina has received $5000, which equates to over 20,000 bags saved.

Our customers leave Global Village in a positive light with a feeling that they have done good.