• 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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  • Traditional Hale Complete

    Toward the end of the traditional thatched hale build at Ala Kukui, the cultural center’s kumu hula requested a cement floor, so that the halau (hula group) could practice and perform in the hale even in the rainiest weather. Through a generous donation from our local cement contractor, our youth poured and finished a cement […]

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  • Kahanu Garden Visitors’ Center

    Our Building Program kids are now working on a 40’x40’ visitors’ center for Kahanu Garden at Piʻilanihale Heiau here in Hana. They laid the groundwork by training on laser level and precision tape measure work to survey and lay out the site, tied rebar for the footings, poured a concrete slab, put up the foundation, […]

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  • Malama Haloa in the Community

    Our new Malama Haloa program is expanding its reach—staff and apprentices have been sharing their poi-pounding knowledge with the public at local events, such as at this year’s Sarah Joe Regatta, where they guided 38 “students” of all ages to pound kalo (taro) and take home their own paʻi ʻai. And at last week’s La Hoʻihoʻi Ea—click […]

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  • Kokua for Kupuna

    Some of our favorite projects are helping kupuna and kamaʻaina with their building needs, like this bathhouse that our kids recently built for a local ʻohana (family) …     

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  • Building Youth at Mahele Farm

    Kids of all ages, from keiki (children) to ʻopiʻo (youth), come out to learn at our community farm, Mahele Farm. Graduate apprentices who go through our rigorous ag training curriculum work toward mastery of the many aspects of organic farming, while becoming skilled mentors to our younger students.  

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  • HA Day at Hana School

    February 24, 2017, real time at Hana School — Today is HA (Na Hopena Aʻo) Day and Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke worked with school and community to help make it happen … The kids came out of their classrooms and went straight into protocol. Then with the help of our Malama Haloa practitioners and […]

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  • Bringing Kalo Back

    Our Malama Haloa program has expanded beyond the school campus—we’re now working with Wailua Nui farmers who’ve been fighting a long battle for water rights to help them bring their loʻi kalo (taro patches) back to thriving health … Check it out — Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is running its first ever crowdfunding campaign! […]

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  • Planting Koa

    Haleakala Ranch recently asked us to come harvest downed koa they wanted to donate for our kids’ woodworking projects. We went up the mountain and not only gathered the wood but planted new koa tree seedlings—bringing the process full circle … p.s. Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is running its first-ever crowdfunding campaign! And we […]

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  • Support Us on Go Fund Me!

    Mahalo to all of you who are supporting our first ever crowdfunding campaign on Go Fund Me! We’re moving toward our goal and really appreciate your donations … Check out the latest: our kids are building a hale for a kamaʻaina family—they just finished the ceiling installation and are now learning about tilework … (To […]

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  • New Hale

    We’re starting now on building a new hale for a local kamaʻaina family …

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