• Welcome to Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke … We’re a hands-on educational training program that substitutes textbooks and classroom work with tools and job experience. The best way to learn about us is through our pictures and stories—look below for our latest projects, and check out our short videos!

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  • Our Latest Videos

    We were honored this season to have a short video (7 minutes) made about us through the generosity of Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, and filmed by the Hokuleʻa film crew Paliku Documentary Films / ʻOiwi TV (click image for link):               Check out our latest video by Hana’s own Kara […]

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  • TEDx Talk Online!

    Rick Rutiz’s TEDx talk, about the philosophy behind Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke’s teaching approach, is online at: CLICK IMAGE BELOW FOR RICK’S TEDx TALK

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  • Making Papa

    We make our own papa kuʻi ʻai (poi-pounding boards) in woodshop …

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  • Milling Woods Projects

    Our kids learned about wood milling from a professional bandsaw operator as we milled Hana woods—kamani, mango, monkeypod, lychee, and koa—donated by local tree trimmers for our woodworking projects. Check out this hand-turned wooden football and baseball bat!

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  • Feeding the Land

    Farm crew learn to make and bottle their own natural farming nutrients (OHN) as part of their apprenticeship training …

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  • Planting for the Future

    Our Kuʻi Program, Malama Haloa, continues to grow, and everyone’s invited to come kuʻi their own paʻi ʻai and poi. We’ve been planting kalo at Hana School campus, with the kids who planted huli last year now harvesting the fruits of their effort. We’ve also just started working with a family who steward loʻi kalo […]

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  • Kamaʻaina Build

    We came to the aid of a young local couple who were on a moving deadline to create a new home for their ʻohana. Our students helped the family design a structure within the couple’s budget, and we did several all-program workdays to help the family at key moments during their build, so they could […]

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  • Kalo for Hana

    Kalo is growing strong at the farm, and our initial successes with kalo breeding efforts have been exciting. The farm crew hopes to develop vigorous and unique local hybrids for Hana that carry Hawaiian kalo genetics on into the future, under organic conditions. 

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  • Malama na Kupuna

    We helped several kupuna (elders) this season by building handicap-access ramps, rails, and other home improvements so they can get in and out and around their houses now more safely, surrounded by their ʻohana.

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  • Digital Report

    We’re always striving to find ways to come up with new, exciting approaches to sharing our students’ successes with those of you who can’t always be here with us in person. Please enjoy our first digital annual eReport! (click here for report) It includes not only stories, photos, and infographics, but video snippets that bring […]

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  • Solar Classroom in the News

    At Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke, we’re always humbled when our students’ successes are featured in the press. Last week, their achievements were featured twice! Our kids’ latest project at Hana School — building the first off-grid, fully solar-powered classroom on a Hawaiʻi DOE campus — appeared in: – the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (click here for link) […]

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  • Book Launch

    When people ask us for a curriculum, a way to replicate the work we do here in Hana, we tell them it’s based on relationship, and the best way to talk about it is through stories—luckily, we have lots of them. Through the generous support of Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, we’ve just published our version […]

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