Hoʻokupu Center Event Specialist

Jan 11 2022
Kupu |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description

                                                          HOOKUPU CENTER EVENT SPECIALIST

                                                                        POSITION DESCRIPTION


Kupu, which means “to sprout” or “to grow” in Hawaiian, has a two-fold mission: to preserve the land while empowering youth. The organization provides hands-on training in conservation, sustainability, and environmental education for young adults, with the goal of fostering our next generation of environmental and cultural stewards. Kupu’s work has been likened to the role of the kupukupu fern, which is one of the first plants to cultivate the land after a lava flow. The fern not only serves as a foundational species for rebuilding a healthy, native ecosystem, but it also symbolizes a place where knowledge can grow.


Established in 2007 as a Honolulu-based 501(c)3 non-profit, Kupu affirms the Hawaiian notion of “ma ka hana ka ike” or “in working one learns.” This approach has led to the creation of hundreds of internships and service-learning opportunities which blend vocational training and green leadership development to support more than 100 partner sites across Hawaii and the Pacific region



“To empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with Ke Akua, self, and others.”


Program Description

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Ho‘okupu Center strives to revitalize Hawai‘i’s communities by providing local youth with tools to reach their full potential as next-generation leaders and environmental stewards. The Hawaiian word ho‘okupu, means “offering.” The word also carries the connotation of creating an environment that encourages things to kupu, or “sprout”, and grow.

Inspired by both definitions, the Ho‘okupu Center is an offering to the community and a place where Kupu programs develop Hawai‘i’s next generation of environmental stewards. The center’s aim is to move Hawai‘i toward a more resilient and pono (virtuous) future by engaging its youth members and the broader community in service and ‘ina (land)-based education.


The Ho‘okupu Center’s facilities support Kupu programs, offering youth real-world and transferable job-skills training in the conservation and culinary fields. Housing a commercial kitchen, training rooms, classrooms and meeting spaces, the Ho‘okupu Center also offers opportunities for the broader community, such as new and innovative events, exhibitions and educational workshops, and engagement in conservation, sustainability, Hawaiian culture and community service.


Position Overview


Type: Full-Time                LocationHonolulu         Reports toHookupu Center Assistant Manager


Position Duties

The essential functions of the position includes, but is not limited to, the following duties:


Event Logistics & Coordination

  • Manage and assist with all event set-up, tear-down and follow-up processes
  • Develop content for event materials
  • Responsibly make purchases and process receipts and financial requirements for event and Center purposes
  • Collaborate with program staff to plan events around regular programming
  • Manage the Center’s event calendar
  • Assess an event’s overall success and submit findings to the Ho’okupu Center team
  • Direct program participants and other volunteers who are supporting event activities
  • Conduct regular inspections on the day of the event to ensure everything adheres to the client’s standards

Client & Vendor Management

  • Work with clients to identify requirements and expectations for each event
  • Liaise with vendors, exhibitors, and stakeholders during the event planning process to ensure all event logistics are in order
  • Coordinate with the Center’s contracted janitorial service to clean before and after events when necessary
  • Oversee and manage contractor (front of house support, rentals, sound) performance for each event
  • Serve as a point of contact to clients as needed

Position Requirements

Candidates must meet the requirements below in order to be considered for the position:

  • Must conduct self as a role model and mentor for young adults in the Kupu programs
  • Must meet Criminal History background check requirements applicable to the essential job duties of the position
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet Kupu’s Driver’s Abstract Requirements
  • Must be able to lift 35 lbs
  • Able to regularly work weekends and evenings

Apply: Interested candidates may submit an online application using the following link:  https://www.hrsymphony.com/hrs/apply/3927​/C4VJ


Please direct any questions or inquiries about this position to [email protected]


*This description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job


*In accordance with Federal Law, Kupu is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability