The Sustainable Hawai'i Youth Leadership Initiative's  
Youth Leadership Forum

January 19, 2013 


Kynan Kawai
Kynan Kawai
Betsy Boland
Betsy Boland
Makana Tavares
Makana Tavares
Wally Lau
Wally Lau
Guy and Josue
Guy and Josue
Danny at Kalahuipua'a
Danny at Kalahuipua'a
Danny and Nane
Danny and Nane
Keala Ching
Keala Ching
KANU's Pu'upulehu Garden
KANU's Pu'upulehu Garden
Let's Grow Hilo
Let's Grow Hilo
Biodiesel Group
Pacific Bio-Diesel Inc.
Makana's Report
Makana's Report

Kynan and Group
Kynan and Work Group
Trevor and Group
Trevor and Work Group
Makana and Group
Makana and Group
Makana Tavares
Makana Tavares
Kynan and Nane
Marianne, Trevor, Josue
Marianne, Trevor, Josue
Brittany & Hannah
Brittany & Hannah
The SHYLI Youth Leadership Forum was an auspiciously bright clear day. Hosted by the Kauhale 'Ōiwi o Pu'ukapu at Hālau Ho'olakoKanu o ka 'Āina New Century Public Charter School, the Forum brought together Hawaii's decision makers from business, government, education and nonprofits with SHYLI youth leaders, their families and schools. We each shared our mana, love for 'Aina, kuleana for our future in the spirit of aloha. We built bridges from our collective past to our future.  We shared our legacy from our leaders of today, who passed the torch to our leaders for tomorrow.


Many people talk about sustainability, but my generation wants to really take action. The experience of creating this Youth Leadership Forum has changed my life. For the last few months I've been learning how to develop public-private partnerships so we can realize this dream.  I'm convinced that initiatives like these need to be replicated, in our country and on the whole planet. We are the beginning.  We are the change.  We are the future. We are the hope of the humanity!         Kynan Kawai's Opening Remarks


SHYLI youth Makana Tavares respected Hawaiian protocol by leading attendees with an Oli and greeting them with Ti-leaf leis.
Betsy Boland welcomed everyone to KANU, sharing how the school incorporates sustainable practices including architecture, energy, gardening, and recycling.  Makana then invited Nane Alejandrez, Barrios Unidos and Stone Soup Leadership Institute board member to share his experiences with SHYLI youth at the 
8th Annual Youth Leadership Summit on Martha's Vineyard
You should be proud of these youth who inspired everyone by sharing their Hawaiian culture, their presentations on sustainability and their commitment to becoming leaders of your Island.


To honor our Hawaiian leaders, we invited them to share their thoughts about sustainability and commitment to our youth including County of Hawaii Business Manager Wally Lau, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Bob Lindsey Jr. and David Fuertes, Ka Hana No'eau, Partners in Development. Messages were presented from Mayor Billy Kenoi, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Mazie Hirono and Hawaii County Council Chair Karen Eoff. See video Hawaii Leaders

Our young people have to take the lead with sustainability - and our future.  The Stone Soup Leadership Institute has created the venue to prepare them to help Hawaii move forward. At Ka Hana No'eau our mantra is to know your origin, your values, your purpose, and your destiny. The SHYLI Youth Leadership Forum incorporated all these components - to know who we are, but also to know the issues and their origin and how we are going to approach it.  These youth are learning how to create their own destiny. We're learning from them. We give them a little spark and they exceeded our expectations.

         David Fuertes, Ka Hana No'eau, Partners in Development 

In the Senate, I will continue my commitment to building a more sustainable future for Hawaii, and I look forward to seeing how you will use your knowledge to help move our state towards this independence.                                     

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono


The Forum was dedicated to SHYLI Advisory Member and Co-Founder Guy Toyama. Josue Cruz, Stone Soup Leadership Institute gave a moving speech and Ian Kitajima, Oceanit launched the Guy Toyama SHYLI Scholarship Fund. Guy's beloved Rika attended with her friend, Fumiko.


In our communities we need people like Guy... people who believe in the power of youth to face and resolve the challenges of our times.  What we really need are role models, people who inspire our desire to be better human beings.  What truly makes us great is our will to make changes and our desire to accomplish them. 

                               Josue Cruz, Stone Soup Leadership Institute

Thank you for the invite for the wonderful Forum. I was very impressed and touched by every speaker's story & speeches about Guy. Guy's parents enjoyed watching them on YouTube. I'm so grateful for your kindness and dedication to Guy. I hope SHYLI and the Stone Soup Leadership Institute will continuously grow and the earth will become a sustainable planet full of love. 

                                                                    Mahalo, Rika Toyama


Hawaii's isolation and vulnerability is our greatest asset. It forces our island people to shift into a new era of sustainable and self-reliant living. Upon meeting SHYLI members, I'm encouraged to see our youth leaders grab the ball and run to the goal with a sense of urgency.                                

Guy Toyama, Friends of NELHA


2nd Annual Sustainable Hawaii Tour 


From January 17-19, SHYLI organized its 2nd Annual Sustainable Hawaii Tour that was organized by Katie Schwind. 

The Maui Huliau Foundation video team documented both the Tour and the Forum. 


Cultural Sustainability


Danny Akaka Jr. at the Mauna Lani Resort's 
Hawaiian Heritage Site Tour and Kalahuipua'a 


Keala Ching's Hawaiian Immersion Program 
at Konawaena Elementary School


Sustainable Energy: Pacific Bio-Diesel Inc., Kea�'au


Sustainable Agriculture


KANU's Pu'upulehu Garden

Let's Grow Hilo


Last year, SHYLI youth from the West Hawaii Explorations Academy visited HPA's Energy Lab, NEHLA (Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaiian Authority), Mala'ai Gardens: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, Algood Bamboo Barn in Hawi, Recycle Kea'au, Kea'au Youth Business Center.


Sustainability cannot just be a concept. It must become a way of life. SHYLI has recognized that the leaders of tomorrow are our youth. They should be commended for working with Hawai'i Island youth to learn and teach the concepts of sustainability in a way that empowers the youth and the communities they live in. This approach provides hope for the future of sustainability for Hawai'i Island and beyond.

                                                                        Farrahmarie Gomes
                              North Hawaii Education and Research Center
                 Dean Continuing Education and Community Learning,                                                               University of Hawaii, Hilo


SHYLI Youth Leadership Forum Booklet features the presentations from all SHYLI youth delegates:


Makana Tavares: Sustainable Cultures

Kynan Kawai: Sustainable Agriculture

Trevor Tanaka: Sustainable Education

Allie Kitchens: Sustainable Architecture

Manoa Johansen, Sustainable Environments

Wainani Traub: Sustainable Energy


The SHYLI Forum Booklet also acknowledged leaders in the multi-faceted world of sustainability by featuring their reports in the Resource Guide - that is featured on SHYLI's website:


* Hawaii 2050 Sustainable Plan: 2008

* Hawaii's Energy and Agriculture Sectors:
   Path to Sustainability: 2012

* Hawaii's Green Workforce: A Baseline Assessment: 2010

* The County of Hawaii's Sustainable Agriculture Report,
   The Kohala Center, 2010

* Zero Waste Plan for County of Hawaii: 2010

* County of Hawaii's Increased Food Security and
   Food Self-Sufficiency Strategy: 2012

SHYLI youth leaders inspired Forum participants with their hopes and dreams in their presentations on the progress with their Sustainability-In-Action Projects. Our goal of the Forum was to inspire many more youth to join them in building a more sustainable Hawai'i island. See video: SHYLI Youth Leaders


The North Kohala Community Development Program (CDP) set a goal of producing at least 50% of the food we consume. Before the arrival of foreigners to North Kohala (and all the Hawaiian Islands), we were 100% sustainable!  Our whole population was able to satisfy its needs with the resources on our Island.  Today we import 85% of our food -- while 80% of the land in North Kohala is actually zoned for agriculture use.                             Kynan Kawai


Trevor Tanaka is working with Representative Denny Coffman on a Sustainable Education Resolution #15 that he crafted that would require Hawaii public high schools to incorporate sustainable education in their science curriculum.  Trevor is seeking additional legislative and community support for the Resolution in hopes it will be introduced during the current legislative session.


Makana's Cultural Sustainability-In-Action Project is restoring kinship with Hawaiian cultural roots as a step towards becoming more self-sufficient. I'm creating an exhibit for my senior project, which will allow students a forum so they can express their voices while expanding their perspectives and increasing their pride in our collective heritage. It incorporates peace poems by our middle school students, which focuses on their dreams for what they wish to see in the world.  We will leave a legacy, as it will become part of KANU school building. 


Wela ka hao!

(Strike while the iron is hot)


Following their presentations, SHYLI youth invited participants to select a Small Group Session to brainstorm ideas about how to implement and expand their Sustainability-In-Action Projects. Great ideas were nurtured. Participants reflected on how today's economic development initiatives should include youth leaders, since they are planning our collective future.


I was floored by the caliber of persons attending the SHYLI Forum. It was an empowering experience to be amongst today's decision makers while considering that my peers and I may be in their position tomorrow. This Forum felt like both an end and a beginning. It gave me closure in reflecting on the continuation of my experiences at the Summit on Martha's Vineyard while simultaneously inspiring me to champion sustainable causes with increased vigor in my own community.  I now know that the connections I've made are powerful ones that will afford me the support to take my ideas and bring them to concrete fruition in the years to come.                                                 Makana Tavares, 17


I met a future Governor of the State of Hawaii, a future CEO of a social enterprise, an environmental evangelist, and many of today's most thoughtful community leaders, all working together to prepare the next generation of Hawaii leaders. I feel hope. I feel inspired!  Mahalo to the Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative Forum. Keep doing what you're doing!       

                            Ian Kitajima, Director of Innovation, Oceanit


Ahuwale ka po`okela I kāu hana iā ha`i

It is through the way you serve others
that your greatness will be felt.

Many Thanks to All of Our Supporters

The County of Hawaii  *  Hawaiian Airlines
Mokulele Airlines  *   Protect the Planet Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation's Kuki'o Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Guy Toyama SHYLI Scholarship

Ian Kitajima  *  Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Toyama


Any youth interested in making a difference for sustainability in Hawai'i would benefit from the high quality of the mentorship, training and support they can receive by participating in SHYLI.  Listening to the experiences and projects of these young people caused me to feel great emotion and pride in what they will accomplish.  Mahalo to the Stone Soup Leadership Institute for bringing this opportunity to our island youth.                                                              Diane Chadwick, Hawaii Community Foundation


Many Thanks to Our Partners and Supporters


Barbara Scarth * Katie Schwind

Brittany Moore, Barrios Unidos

SHYLI Advisory Council Members:
Nancy Redfeather and Holly Algood

Kauhale 'Ōiwi o Pu'ukapu at Hālau Ho'olakoKanu o ka 'Āina
New Century Public Charter School

Ka Hana No'eau, Partners in Development

Maui Huliau Foundation

Upcoming Events: SHYLI's Year-Round Program


SHYLI Job Shadow Day: February 22 & March 11

in partnership with the
Kohala-Kona Chamber of Commerce's SustAINAbility Committee.


Reception hosted by Jack's Dive Locker. SHYLI youth are matched with businesses and professionals in their fields of interest.  This one-day experience helps translate youth passion with practical experience in the job market and the world of work. 

Speaking Engagements
Hawaii Island Economic Development Board Meeting: 
March 7

Rotary Club of Waimea: March 20

SHYLI Planning Session with University of Hawaii Hilo: Feb. 26


Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development

* Nomination Process: February-March

* Orientation: March-April (at different locations)

SHYLI Delegation to Martha's Vineyard: June 21-29


Press: Hawaii 24/7


SHYLI Youth Leadership Forum Videos -- Complete  


Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative's mission is to train the next generation of leaders to build a more sustainable Island and world.  SHYLI is a project of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 on the Island of Martha's Vineyard.  The Institute has a deep commitment and strong track record to develop culturally sensitive transformational educational leadership tools to train multicultural youth from islands to build more sustainable communities.  The Institute's book and educational curriculum. Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes inspires empathetic storytelling and vision sharing of a more humane, just, equitable and sustainable world.


 Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative



Soup 4 the World

Stone Soup Leadership Institute