Did you know that Hawai’i is the endangered species capital of the world?
Mālama Honua in Hawaiian means to protect everything that makes up our world: land, oceans, living beings, our cultures, and our communities.
Strawai'i was started as a conservation effort with three important missions:
1. Create local jobs & start a new agricultural economy for Hawai'i - Keep jobs in America and to generate income for our islands and Hawaiian subsistence fishing villagers. We pay our straw-artists $15/hour, which is the same as Amazon & Wholefoods' pay rate. Each handcrafted straw takes ~10 minutes to be created and made perfectly smooth.
2. Preserve Hawai’i’s biodiversity - Restore Hawai’i’s native forests & preventing the extinction of endemic plants, birds, tree snails, & marine endangered species through:
- Eliminating invasive bamboo species and turning them into functional goods
- Funding Hawaiian birds and animals on the IUCN’s Red list of endangered species e.g. sea turtles, monk seals, native sea birds
- Reforest our damaged ecosystems, and replant native Hawaiian flora that have been overwhelmed by invasive species like bamboo, strawberry guava, ginger, etc.
3. Eliminate plastic waste - Reduce plastic straws that are filling up our oceans and landfills. We are also leveraging the plastic straw bans to educate the public about our ecosystems - and to care for Mother Earth.
Mahalo for visiting Strawai'i!