808 Cleanups is a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit organization committed to restoring Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty by empowering volunteers to conduct decentralized cleanups from Mauka to Makai, responding to littering and vandalism of Hawaiʻi’s natural spaces, saving Hawaiʻi’s indigenous ecosystem through education, and building sustainable solutions with community partners.
How did we design our group in 2014 that eventually became a 501(c)(3) non-profit in March 2015? By putting volunteers in the pilot seat. So many people in Hawaiʻi have been taking action on litter and tagging on their own for years or even decades. Still more want to get started, but just don’t know how to begin. We know it is a big step to ignite that enthusiasm and get people engaged in a cause. How often have we told ourselves “someone else will handle it”? 808 Cleanups volunteers are those “someones” and we support them by providing supplies, connecting them with other volunteers and helping them organize their own cleanups.