Innovation Competition

A competitive innovation grant program for Hawaiʻi youth with ideas for place-based solutions to local challenges.

Apply by July 30
Floating Island Kīpuka

Kīpuka: an oasis within a lava bed where life has survived.

Previous Winners

Tyler Levine
SEEDs of Honua

A youth led seed bank coalition & movement. SEEDS of Honua is is a youth-led organization committed to creating a brighter, healthier, and more sustainable future of peace by connecting keiki to nature and empowering them to take action to protect and respect our mother earth.

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Joshua Parker
Hydropower Generators in Fishpond Mākāhā

Environmentally-safe hydropower generators to provide renewable energy for Loko Iʻa (Hawaiian Fishponds) and Loʻi (Farms) restoration efforts.

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Program Overview

  1. 1. Submit Video + Budget

    Students submit their written application along with a proposed budget and overview video according to the requirements.

  2. 2. Winners Granted up to $2,000

    Winners will be selected to receive grant funding of up to $2,000.

  3. 3. Implement Project

    Grantees will submit funding requests to make purchases needed to implement their project. They will report on progress at milestones they set for themselves.

  4. 4. Final Reflection

    At the end of the grant period, grantees will submit a final reflection reporting on final outcomes and learnings.

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Introduction Workshop: Watch the Recording

Applications Close: July 30, 2021

Grant Amount: up to $2,000

Grant period: August 10–December 1, 2021

How to Apply

Submit a brief written application along with your 3-minute video and proposed budget.

Videos Should Include

  1. A place or community (e.g. school, club, online community, neighborhood, ethnic / cultural group) you feel connected to
  2. What your vision is for uplifting this community 
  3. What is your proposed budget, and how will you use funding (up to $2,000) to take action towards achieving this vision?
  4. How does your project involve STEM disciplines?


Hawaiʻi-based High School students are invited to apply.
Videos will be evaluated based on the following:

Ideas should be rooted in place (e.g. Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Kaneohe, your neighborhood, etc).

Projects should aim to create a positive social and/or environmental impact in your community.

Your video should explain why you/your team are passionate about the topic and well equipped to create positive impact.

Show us how your idea is novel, innovative, and creative!

How does your idea involve Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math?

Join the Kīpuka 2021 Discord Server!

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