Although officially founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2008, the story behind Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful started decades before. In the 1980s, the Hawaiian Islands started experiencing a profound increase in litter and excess waste. Many noticed the natural beauty and Aloha Spirit of Hawaii start to fade. With the environment playing such an important part in Hawaii’s history and culture, the state laid out plans to increase awareness and education for litter and other environmental concerns. Headed by Sen. Les Ihara, the State’s Department of Litter Control Office founded Community Work Day (CWD) to tackle the litter and blight issues plaguing the islands.
In 1992 CWD became officially linked to Keep America Beautiful as a certified affiliate. In the following years several more organizations followed, creating a network of KAB affiliates throughout the islands. In 1998, with an increased need of coordination of the KAB system in Hawaii, CWD became recognized as the Hawaii State Affiliate for KAB. Then, in 2006, with CWD seeking to relinquish its responsibilities as the State Affiliate, a Grant in Aid was signed by then Gov. Linda Lingle which laid the framework for Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful.
Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful formally became recognized as a 501(c)3 Non-profit and the Hawaii State Affiliate of KAB in 2008. Since then, KHIB has been working to promote environmental sustainability and increase the health and safety of our communities across the islands. With the support of its affiliate network, KHIB will continue to create caring communities throughout the Hawaiian Islands.