The Outdoor Circle was honored to be the recipient of Bob Sigall’s Honolulu Star Advertiser 2022 Rearview Mirror Award for a nonprofit who helped preserve Hawai‘i. The Force for Good Award was given in appreciation of all TOC has done to preserve and beautify Hawai‘i over the last 110 years.
In his article, Mr. Sigall highlighted a few of our accomplishments including the planting of 40 Philippine mahogany trees on Kalakaua Avenue in 1912 (see From the Archives below), a gift of The Outdoor Circle that started tree planting projects all over the islands; how TOC helped stop the building of hotels on the slopes of Diamond Head; prevented high-rise developments on Magic Island; the Lani-Kailua Branch’s involvement in saving the Kawainui Marsh from being developed into a large housing development development in the 60s and a shopping complex in the 70’s; and our efforts in banning billboards across the state.
The full article (Honolulu Star Advertiser, 12/30/22) and some of our other historical achievements over the last century, can be found on our website: www.outdoorcircle.org (under About Us: History of TOC). In particular, you can find there a comprehensive history of “TOC’s Legacy and Lasting Impact on Hawai‘i,” compiled from TOC’s extensive archives. This document recognizes our beginnings in Honolulu and our expansion to the neighbor islands, and celebrates all that we have achieved and will continue to pursue in the years to come in Hawai‘i.
The Greenleaf is the online newsletter and blog of The Outdoor Circle. Here you will find updates on the projects and accomplishments of our many branches throughout the state, as well as programs with statewide impact.