Hawaii Learning Tour

Register now for the Hawaii Learning Tour!

Registration Deadline: October 17th

In the popular imagination, Hawaii is thought of as a tropical paradise, but it is also a state that is struggling to overcome centuries of colonialism, environmental degradation and displacement of its Native communities. What can we learn from Hawaii’s unique history, culture and geopolitical location and how communities there are overcoming challenges to forge equitable economic opportunities for its diverse residents? What are the attributes of Hawai‘i that serve as a model for building community resilience?  How does our thinking about race and immigration change within a Native/indigenous context? What is the impact of tourism as the primary economic driver in a state’s economy?

Come join your colleagues for an interactive 4-day learning tour of Oahu, Hawaii, to learn about innovative approaches towards creating economic and environmental sustainability. Topics will include immigration, improving conditions for low wage workers, building successful labor-community partnerships, culturally-based community development and creating educational and economic opportunities for young people. The role of Native communities, gender and racial justice issues will be integrated throughout our sessions. 

Space is limited. Register soon in the form below. Cost: $250.


Among other activities included in the itinerary, the tour will include a visit to the Hawaiʻi Plantation Village, Waipahu, a botanical garden and outdoor history museum that describes the history of Hawaii's Sugar Plantations (c. 1850-1950), and documents the experience of various ethnic groups that have contributed to Hawaiian culture. The Consuelo Foundation has also graciously offered to host a funder reception on November 18th to give participants an opportunity to debrief and connect with local hosts and colleagues. 

More agenda details coming soon!   

Hotel Accommodations 

We have reserved a room block at the Ala Moana Hotel in Oahu.

Ala Moana Hotel - Honolulu

410 Atkinson Drive

Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Ph: 808-955-4811

Once you register for the Learning Tour, you will receive an email with reservation instructions for the block. The deadline to make a hotel reservation is also October 17, 2015.

For further information, please contact Valeria Velazquez, Program Manager for NFG's Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships: valeria@nfg.org.

Co-sponsored by NFG’s Working Group on Labor & Community partnerships, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).

Planning Committee Organizations include Hill-Snowdon Foundation, Ms. Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Hawai‘i People’s Fund, and Hawai‘i Community Foundation.