• 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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  • 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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  • 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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