• Welcome to Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Building Program … We’re a hands-on learning 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 Now Online!

    Rick Rutiz’s 2014 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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  • Building a Classroom

    On campus, our youth are building a much-needed elementary school classroom at Hana School. They’ve completed installing the roof, windows, doors, and deck, and are now putting on the solar photovoltaic system. This will be the first classroom within a public school in Hawaiʻi to be completely off grid! And check out the ceiling, which […]

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  • Teaching Keiki at the Farm

    At Mahele Farm, our apprentices are becoming teachers to our keiki, the children who visit the farm from Hana Elementary School. In these pictures, it was a first grade class, and the maiʻa (banana) lesson was about to begin. Our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator talked about the equator and the tropics, and about how baby maiʻa […]

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  • Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike at Kalo Fest 2016

    At last weekend’s Taro Festival, Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke had a craft and informational booth, where students sold their woodworking projects to the public … The leaders of our Kuʻi Program also demonstrated the cooking of kalo and how to pound it into paʻi ʻai. Our Hana keiki jumped in, hands-on!

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  • Learning to Make Pohaku Kuʻi ʻAi

    Youth involved in our Kuʻi Program recently learned how to make their own pohaku kuʻi ʻai, poi-pounding stones. Our kids then took the papa kuʻi ʻai (poi-pounding boards) out of the fishpond, where they had been curing in the saltwater since our Fall workshop. Students are now working on finishing their boards to prepare them […]

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  • Our Biggest Kupuna Building Project Ever!

    Our youth just built a 1,200-square-foot cottage for a deserving uncle and auntie in Hana town. The design emphasized sustainable techniques such as passive ventilation, and our kids learned how to build for longevity in our damp, hot climate. On the project, they learned every aspect of the construction process, from using a laser level […]

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  • Winter at the Farm

    After harvests of papaya, banana, and a few mountain apple, our farm graduate teacher holds a harvest from our first producing fruit tree: abiu, often described as “butterscotch-flavored jelly.” Macadamia season is on, and everyone is helping gather and husk … … Mahele Farm’s first seedling kalo plants! Kalo rarely makes viable seed and few if any survive. […]

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  • Ku`i Program Update

    After the success of the Fall papa kuʻi ʻai workshop, the Hana Kuʻi Program director started an ongoing Kuʻi Club at Hana High, where the kids are now pounding their own paʻi ʻai together every Thursday. December also marked our first all-community kuʻi, which we hope will take root with our kamaʻaina …

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  • New Video by Paliku /`Oiwi TV

    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 here to watch it online.  

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