About Us

Hawaii Interfaith Power and Light is the state chapter of the national Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) network. Growing out of the Episcopal Church in 1996, IPL has since become ecumenical and eventually, interfaith. The main focus of IPL is to raise awareness among various religious communities to the dire consequences of global warming by encouraging effective use of energy.

The Hawaii chapter of IPL is a registered non-profit in the state of Hawaii. We are governed by a board of directors and advised by a group of clergy with a passion for spiritual and environmental justice. If you're interested in being a part of our team, email us at hipl@hipl.org

We have the unique opportunity to include religions from East and West and the indigenous spiritual traditions of Native Hawaiians.

Mission Statement

As faithful stewards of aloha aina (the living earth community), Hawaii Interfaith Power and Light engages faith communities to raise awareness of global warming and create inspirational solutions.

Core Values

HIPL's core values are principles and spiritual ideals that serve as the foundation of the organization's goals and plans. We draw from the rich lexicon and traditions of Native Hawaiian values and spirituality to give expression to the core values of HIPL.

Ohana: all of life is related as a family

Malama: mutual caring for each other and for future generations; awe/inspiration/reverence for all life; viewing the world as our neighborhood; recognizing our karmic footprint; realizing our spiritual and moral obligation to each other and the earth

Kuleana: taking responsibility and ownership to do what is needed; being empowered to determine one's own future; working toward personal transformation.

Aloha: Compassion and a welcoming spirit; recognizing the sacredness of life and our kinship with all beings; caring for elders and ancestors (kupuna); embracing creativity and hopefulness in all that we do.

Interfaith Energy and Climate Manifesto

We affirm and commit to promote the following goals and principles for the social justice, economic equity, and environmental stewardship necessary to sustain this sacred planet.

Goals for interfaith energy and climate action include the following:
  • raise awareness of the deeply spiritual nature of energy and climate challenges;
  • advocate energy policies that promote conservation, efficiency, and renewables;
  • provide inspiration, resources, leadership, and education for effective interfaith action and community building.
We recognize that energy and climate share a common context with other social-economic-environmental concerns and that celebrating this natural interdependence strengthens the effectiveness of our interfaith responses.  We embrace the following spiritual principles to promote leadership and common grounds for sustainable action:
  1. Find ethical grounding
    Climate change is an ecological issue, an economic issue, a social issue, and an ethical issue grounded in our human identities, our spiritual values, and our justice traditions.
  2. Access traditional wisdom
    Climate change can seem overwhelming and deeply unsettling.  Our shared spiritual wisdom of many centuries and many faiths has the power to transform anger into compassion and fear into courage.
  3. Access new wisdom
    Fact-based international Science and heartfelt interfaith Stories complement each other as the foundation and motivation for responsible policy and effective action on climate change.
  4. Build shared community
    Mutual respect and good-faith collaboration will empower diverse communities to respond sustainably to the challenges of renewable energy and climate change.
  5. Embrace worthy Means to achieve desirable Ends
    Grounded in these spiritual principles, our interfaith responses to the climate crisis will achieve the just societies, economic equity, environmental stewardship, and strong communities that we need to sustain our planet and all peoples.

Interfaith Power and Light

The national Interfaith Power & Light movement has is headquartered in California but has chapters in more than 40 states! A fact sheet about the organization can be found here (IPL Fact Sheet.pdf). The IPL campaign includes a national network of over 4,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 29 states. The IPL movement was founded by the Reverend Canon Sally Grover Bingham, who also serves as its current president. Rev. Bingham is a priest in the Diocese of California, chair of the Episcopal Diocesan Commission for the Environment and has been active in the environmental community for twenty-five years. She has brought widespread recognition to the link between faith and the environment and as one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship and advocacy.

Sally serves on both the National Board of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Working Group as well as the national advisory board for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She recently joined the Forum on Children and Nature. The Interfaith Power and Light Campaign and the Rev. Bingham have received numerous awards including the 2007 U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award, the Purpose Prize, the Energy Globe Award and recognition as a "sacred gift to the planet" by the World Wildlife Fund. Rev. Bingham was recently named one of the top fifteen green religious leaders by Grist magazine and was installed as Canon for Environmental Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of California.

Partnering with Hawaii Interfaith Power & Light

HIPL does not have members but rather partners with faith communities, organizations, and individuals around the state and the world to achieve our mission. We are open to partnering with any faith tradition, as long as the community is committed to our mission and core values. Interested congregations are invited to contact us at hipl@hipl.org. We will send one of our representatives to your community to give a presentation about our organization and engage in a conversation about becoming a member of HIPL. We do ask member congregations to sign a covenantal agreement, indicating your commitment to the mission and values of HIPL. A pdf copy of the HIPL covenant can be found here (HIPLcovenant.pdf).