Posts in the "Community Projects" Category

  • 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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  • 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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