Meaningful Work, Resilient Communities, Enduring Culture

Since its inception in 2017, the Nakupuna Foundation has served the Native Hawaiian community via targeted financial and volunteer contributions that benefit our keiki as well as the local economy and businesses seeking to hire local talent. Through partnerships with organizations that offer programs and services that blend traditional, place-based knowledge with modern science and technology, as well as our support of non-profits that tackle other causative issues, we aim to bridge the gap between today’s environment and the future we envision.

We believe that work provides a purpose in life that is well beyond supporting ourselves and families. Our education-based investments support our objective to increase opportunities for meaningful work that connect us and provide service to the world.

We believe that an ability to anticipate, adapt to, recover from, and leverage changing conditions makes our communities resilient. Our community investments reflect our objective to strengthen individual and collective resilience as we face economic, emotional, financial, and social challenges in the communities where we work, play, and pray.

We believe Native Hawaiian knowledge and values comprise a living, dynamic force that is relevant in a global society. Our cultural investments help increase engagement while sustaining the vibrancy of our enduring culture for generations to come.

Our Inspiration

The Nakupuna Foundation is named in honor of Warren Nakupuna Ah Loo.

After more than 30 years in public service, Warren was inspired to build an organization that would continue his commitment to service and directly benefit his beloved Native Hawaiian community. He did this through the establishment of a Native Hawaiian Organization owned 8(a) small business. This designation brought with it new opportunities to serve commercial and government clients while making tangible investments to support Native Hawaiians through scholarships, mentorship, and philanthropy.

Unfortunately, Warren passed away shortly before his 68th birthday, but thanks to his enduring spirit, his dream is alive and well in the form of the Nakupuna Foundation and its companies. Every day, by providing outstanding services to our customers and contributing to the betterment of Native Hawaiians, our companies serve as a testament to Warren’s belief that we all can make a positive impact on the world.

Leadership

Lindsay Ah Loo, Executive Director

Lindsay Ah Loo is the Nakupuna Foundation’s Executive Director responsible for shaping the Foundation’s vision and managing its charitable activities. The daughter of the late Warren Nakupuna Ah Loo, Lindsay has supported the Foundation’s mission since its formation in 2017.

The Nakupuna Name

Like many words in the Hawaiian language, “Kupuna” has multiple meanings. Kupuna is often used to represent the ancestors and generations before us who, by their spiritual wisdom and presence, guide us through daily life. Kupuna also means the source or starting point of growth.  In honor of Warren and his passion to continuously increase his impact on the Native Hawaiian community, we embrace both meanings.

Our Logo

The Nakupuna sail is inspired by the spirit and sense of adventure of the original inhabitants of Hawaii who sailed throughout the Pacific Ocean. Their “voyaging” canoe and successful crossing was the product of Polynesian intellect, ingenuity and self-confidence. The Nakupuna sail is a symbol that connects our present to our past and it represents intelligence, perseverance, sustainability, and above all, a will to thrive, not just to survive.