The Outdoor Circle (TOC) is a statewide, 501c3 non-profit, environmental organization whose mission is to keep Hawai'i clean, green and beautiful for future generations through community improvement projects, public education, and advocacy. Founded in 1912, it is the state’s oldest and most respected environmental preservation organization. What you see is what we protect!
As a volunteer-based organization, TOC, and its ten branches statewide, from Kauai to Hawaii Island, has played a vital role in preserving Hawaii's natural beauty by ridding our state of billboards in 1927, coordinating street tree planting programs, advocating for the placement of all utilities underground, preserving open space, advocating for more parks, and educating Hawaii's youth about trees, litter and the environment. Since its founding, the Outdoor Circle has been a pioneer in civic volunteerism. Click here to go to The Outdoor Circle's web site to see the full history of TOC’s achievements. Click here to find little-known historical facts about the Outdoor Circle and its branches (this is updated monthly with new information).
The Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle (LKOC) was founded as a branch of The Outdoor Circle in 1948, and, for over 70 years, has been dedicated to beautifying Kailua by planting and maintaining trees, shrubs and flowers in parks, public spaces, at schools and along streets and highways. LKOC maintains vigilance over these areas and endeavors to work with government entities and community groups to coordinate beautification, environmental, and educational outreach projects throughout the Windward side of Oahu.
Our beautification projects enhance the livability of Kailua, and thanks to these efforts, residents and businesses in Kailua, and the general public, enjoy the benefits of tree-lined streets, public parks, schools, and open space with quality shade trees and a biodiversity of plantings. To see our Branch’s accomplishments over the years, please visit our History of LKOC, Tree Planting Highlights, LKOC Projects, and Tree Preservation pages.
Our educational and environmental outreach projects have fostered generations of stewards of the environment. To see our Branch’s accomplishments over the years, please visit our LKOC/WCCC Partnership, and Scholarships pages.
Our advocacy efforts have been dedicated to preserving open space, coastal vistas, shoreline areas, ridgelines and green belts. To see our Branch’s accomplishments over the years, please visit our Kawainui Marsh and Public Affairs and Advocacy pages.
The Lanikai ~ Kailua area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and spectacular vistas in the world. It is also a thriving bedroom community with a small-town feel, with no hotels, and limited commercial activity. The history of Kailua is one of great historical, cultural, and archeological significance to Hawaii. Once a place of streams, fish ponds and taro and rice growing fields, the area was changed forever when the Pali Tunnels opened in 1960, but the dedication and commitment of our group to preserving and enhancing the natural beauty around us has not wavered for over 70 years!