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Ka Ipu ‘Aina (Container for the Land)

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Notice to Applicants

At this time, no further applications are being accepted for cleanups during the balance of 2014. We are currently accepting applications for the first quarter of 2015. Please see the new process and schedule in the FAQ section below.

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Matson’s longstanding environmental community partnership in Hawaii is called Ka Ipu ‘Aina, a Hawaiian expression which translates to ‘container for the land.’ The program was established in 2001 and, in the generation since, has been successful in partnering with non-profit groups more than a thousand times to clean up both the inland and coastal areas throughout the state. While the total amount of debris collected has not been measured, Matson has paid out more than a million dollars to Hawaii’s charities for their volunteers’ efforts.

With this program, which is available on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island,

  • Matson donates the use of container equipment for cleanup projects arranged by non-profit organizations.
  • Matson also pays for the trucking expenses incurred in the delivery and pickup of the containers and bears the expense of properly disposing of the debris.
  • Finally, Matson makes a $1,000 cash contribution to each of the non-profits that successfully complete a cleanup initiative.

Online Ka Ipu ‘Aina Application Form

FAQ's

WHAT IS THE NEW PROCESS AND SCHEDULE FOR APPLYING FOR KA IPU ‘AINA?

The application process and schedule for Ka Ipu ‘Aina cleanups has been revised in order to more fairly allocate limited opportunities and also to capture efficiencies which technology has made available.

Schedule: For cleanups in 2015 and beyond, effective in October, 2014, applications will be considered four times a year, during one-month open application periods for cleanups in the following quarter.

Process: The application and confirmation process will ONLY be conducted on-line via Matson Foundation’s application, available on this website.  Applications are now a two-step process which will involve, first, being approved as eligible to conduct a cleanup and, second, the confirmation process, involving selection and confirmation of date and location.

Oahu Applicants: The City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks & Recreation continues to welcome community groups who wish to conduct a clean-up as a community service activity, but any tie-in to Matson’s Ka Ipu ‘Aina program, which provides the opportunity to earn a cash donation, must be coordinated and confirmed in advance by Matson’s program staff through the process outlined here.

Step 1
Open Application Period
Notification of Approval or Disapproval Provided By Step 2
Confirmation and Date/Location Selection
Clean Up Period
October 1-31 November 15, 2014 December 1, 2014 January – March 2015
January 1-31 February 15, 2015 March 1, 2015 April-June 2015
April 1-30 May 15, 2015 June 1, 2015 July – September 2015
July 1-31 August 15, 2015 September 1, 2015 October-December 2015
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

Groups must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with federal charitable tax-exempt status. Participation is limited to one project per charity per calendar year. Priority will be given to groups which have not participated before or which have not participated in the last three years.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

During the open-application period, the non-profit group completes the online application (Ka Ipu ‘Aina application) which involves verification of charitable non-profit status.

The application is reviewed. The non-profit is notified whether or not their project is accepted in the program.

If approved, Matson will work with the non-profit group to schedule a date and location for their project.

WHERE CAN WE CLEAN AND FOR HOW LONG?

A Ka Ipu ‘Aina project must be a specific area clean up; collection of trash from a fair/festival or from a neighborhood/community is not an eligible project. A group may use the container for as long as three days.

WHAT DOES MATSON TAKE CARE OF?

Matson will be responsible for:

  1. Arranging a Matson-paid trucker to deliver the Ka Ipu ‘Aina container to the cleanup site.
  2. Arranging for a Matson-paid trucker to pick up the container and deliver it to the disposal facility
    • Note: Members of the non-profit group are responsible for traveling independently to the disposal facility and unloading the bagged trash and other debris from the container.
  3. Arranging for a Matson-paid trucker to return the container to the company.

WHAT ARE THE GROUP’S RESPONSIBILITIES?

The non-profit will be required to

  1. Provide Matson with proof of general liability insurance;
  2. Obtain permission from the land owner or manager of the cleanup site for:
    1. the cleanup and
    2. for the container to be located at the site for the period of the cleanup;
  3. Make arrangements with a disposal facility to accept the debris which will be collected (again, Matson will pay for disposal expenses).
  4. Recruit and coordinate the clean-up participants, securing a liability waiver for each participant.
  5. Performing the cleanup, putting garbage into the Ka Ipu ‘Aina container.
  6. Traveling independently to the disposal facility and unloading the bagged trash and other debris from the container.

WHAT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE $1,000 DONATION?

A check for $1,000 will be sent to the charity upon completion of the organized cleanup, which includes: 1) submittal of all liability waiver forms; 2) disposal of the waste at a disposal facility; and 3) return of the container in good condition to Matson.

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Contact:

After your group is advised of acceptance, work directly with Matson personnel in each of our Hawaii offices to ensure all arrangements are made in the time frame requested.

Location Contact Phone # Email
Oahu Keahi Birch 848-1252 kbirch@matson.com
Maui Buzz Fernandez 871-7351 bfernandez@matson.com
Kauai Island Manager 245-6724 Kaipuainakauai@matson.com
Hawaii Island Russell Chin 961-5286 rchin@matson.com

HOW DOES MATSON CARE FOR THE OCEAN?

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At sea, we are leaders in the maritime industry’s environmental stewardship arena, reducing marine debris for more than two decades through our "Zero Solid Waste Discharge" program, which was developed in consultation with the Center for Marine Conservation (now known as the Ocean Conservancy). ONLY food scraps are disposed of at sea – all other waste materials are collected in ‘green containers’ during voyages and recycled/disposed of properly at shoreside facilities.