Kupu is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Kupu in Hawaiian means “to sprout, grow, germinate, or increase.” Much like the kupukupu fern (of the same name), which is one of the first plants to bring life back to the land after a devastating lava flow, Kupu’s heart is to bring life back to the people, land, and ocean while restoring the larger community for a better tomorrow. Founded in 2007, Kupu was developed in response to the growing needs of Hawaiʻi’s communities to train up the next generation in natural resource management, renewable energy, energy conservation and other green job skill sets. Kupu is predicated on the Hawaiian concept of ma ka hana ka ʻike, “in working one learns.”