To keep Hawai‘i clean, green, and beautiful by preserving, protecting, and enhancing our environment.
Hawai‘i is recognized as a model of effective environmental sustainability. A lei of green encircles each island. Parks, greenways, and bikeways are plentiful; our streets are lined with appropriate and well-maintained trees. Wiring is place underground and signage is at a minimum. The Outdoor Circle is the essential resources in matters relating to our mission.
Our Guiding Principles
Hawai‘i is our home and we cherish our unique environment. We have a duty to protect these amazing islands to ensure that our communities are livable, our families are healthy, and our spirits are nourished. By planting and protecting trees and engaging in responsible environmental stewardship, we will enhance the quality of life for all of Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors alike.
We have a responsibility to future generations to engage in thoughtful planning and principled advocacy now that protects our environment.
Working together across our diverse communities, we are responsive to their unique needs, and able to leverage our collective strengths to establish lasting protections for Hawai‘i’s environment and people.
We seek to act as the environmental conscience of Hawai‘i, as a leader in addressing climate change mitigation, and a valued community resource.
We are one Circle. As a 100-year-old organization, we have a unique responsibility to continue the work of our predecessors.
Our Story: What You See is What We Protect
The Outdoor Circle was founded in 1912 and has been Hawai‘i’s leading organization for protecting the beauty of Hawai‘i ever since.
Early Circle members are responsible for the planting of many of O‘ahu’s largest and most recognizable trees. We helped establish many urban green spaces including street trees, public parks, and gardens. The organization is perhaps best known for banning billboards throughout the islands in 1926. Throughout the years, The Circle has expanded its scope to include green space protection, view plane preservation, tree advocacy and many other issues that impact the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
The Circle is a grassroots membership organization and is widely known and appreciated throughout the islands as the “go to” organization for keeping Hawai‘i “clean, green and beautiful.” We support branches in every County in the State of Hawai‘i, which work on issues and projects specific to the needs of their local communities. We encourage you to learn more about us and to become a member of one of the most powerful and rewarding organizations in Hawai‘i.
Over the last 100 years, The Outdoor Circle has advocated for responsible land use and development, while supporting projects that help to improve the quality of life in Hawai‘i's communities. We are also active in government relations serving on numerous boards and task forces. When needed, The Outdoor Circle is willing to take legal action to protect the scenic environment.
Though we are best known for ridding the state of billboards, TOC engages in many activities to support its mission. These include:
We accomplish this work with funding from a wide variety of sources, especially generous gifts from our members and donors. If you are interested in making a gift to support the work of The Circle, please visit our donation page or calling our office at 808-593-0300.