• 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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  • Ku`i Thursdays

    Through careful planning and active outreach, our Kuʻi Thursdays are nearly always filled—from the moment sessions began at noon, all the way to late afternoon and, sometimes, into the evening … In the past year, we steamed nearly 10,000 pounds of kalo (taro); had over 470 participants, from keiki (children) to community members; and served […]

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  • Solar Monitoring

    After we finished building the off-grid solar classroom at Hana School, we started working with University of Hawaiʻi to monitor the classroom’s energy usage and heat stratification, proving the science of our efforts …   

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  • Huli in Wailua Nui

    In just a few short months, our Malama Haloa (Kuʻi) Program participants planted 2,000 huli (kalo stalks), in Wailua Nui—which will yield up to an estimated 10,000 pounds of kalo (taro)! Our restorative efforts there have been shared with other area farmers—together we’re committed to restoring the streams and the loʻi (taro patches) they supply.

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  • Sharing with Elders

    Special trips to Mahele Farm by our community’s beloved kupuna (elders), like those from the Kaunoa Senior Center, are a treat—and they spark the desire in our kupuna to make farm visits a consistent habit. Whether regulars or special visitors, our kupuna can come harvest their own produce at the farm, while sharing their cultural […]

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  • Kokua for Kama`aina

    One of the things the Building Program does, when a local family has taken the initiative to build their own house but can’t afford a contractor, is to come in and kokua (support) the family at key times during their build, helping them reach the next phase. This year, we helped a young couple with […]

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  • Ku`i Curriculum

    Our Malama Haloa (Kuʻi) program is also working toward building our educational lessons to create a curriculum that is academically fitting and rigorous, culturally empowering, and flexible enough for formal and non-formal educators to incorporate into their classes. With four different itineraries for trips to the loʻi (taro patches), including activities teachers can use in […]

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  • Farm to Classroom

    Mahele Farm staff are working with educators at Hana School to make curriculum and lessons more engaging and meaningful. We’ve donated supplies and seed, and have continued our classroom visits to show kids “new” ways to eat the same food, like mixing leafy greens in with their fruit smoothies to give them extra nutrients.  

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  • Caring for Kupuna

    Our youth trained recently on the building of safety and handicap-access retrofits at 3 different kupuna (elders’) homes: (1) a kitchen retrofit for an aunty whose previous kitchen was unusable, due to holes in the floor, so she had been cooking outside. The retrofit included a new tiled floor and handicap-accessible countertop; (2) a bathroom […]

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  • Pohaku Workshop

    We held our first pohaku kuʻi ʻai (poi-pounding stone) workshop for parents and staff of Punana Leo o Hana, Hana’s new Hawaiian Medium Education and Language Preschool. Eleven participants attended and went through the first 3 of 6 stages of making their pohaku …

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  • Farm Field Trips

    From pre-kindergarten to high-school classes, from students and their teachers to some of their parents—everyone is learning about organic techniques at Mahele Farm, while harvesting their own produce.

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