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Hookuaaina Rebuilding Lives From The Ground Up

Academic Support from Nā Hokua

Na Hokua Outreach at Hookuaaina

By: Tatum Kauka, Academic Coach at Nā Hokua and UH Mānoa Graduate Student Nā Hokua is a University of Hawai’i, College of Education project which aims to support Native Hawaiian students in developing skills and knowledge to explore and succeed in postsecondary education within Science, Tech, Engineering, ‘Āina, and Mathematics (STEM) pathways and careers. Nā...

New ASA Partners: Cultivating the Next Generation of Aloha ‘Āina Leaders

ASA Flyer 2023 for cohort 5 June 2023-May 2025

By: Ari Lunow-Luke, Program Coordinator at Ho’okua’aina This year, we are excited to announce that we are piloting new partnerships with other ‘āina organizations across Ko’olaupoko for our Ahupua’a Systems Apprenticeship (ASA) program!  For the past four years, our ASA participants have worked with Hoʻokuaʻāina staff on-site to gain leadership skills in ahupuaʻa management through...

Lessons from Habilitat

By: Benjamin Ah Sing, Hoa’āina/Farm Operations Specialist at Ho’okua’āina Ho’okua’āina as an organization holds community outreach in the highest esteem. From school groups to community work days, we cover a wide variety of programs and have loads of fun doing it! We enjoy sowing the lessons we teach here into the lives of the people...

Reflections from an International Student

Vincent, international volunteer from Germany

By: Vincent Cochet, High School Student from Berlin, Germany Hello, my name is Vincent and I am a 16-year-old from Berlin, Germany. I am volunteering with Ho’okua’āina for three months as part of a High School program that asks every student in my grade to volunteer abroad on a social project. The purpose is all...

Community Partner Exchanges

Community partner exchanges with Hookuaaina, Maʻo Organic Frams and Kokua Hawaii Foundation

By: Kazu Akiona-Bannan, Hoa’āina/Farm Operations Specialist at Ho’okua’āina Aloha! My name is Kazu Akiona-Bannan. Having been born and raised in Kailua, I constantly found myself immersed in the beautiful outdoors of the Ahupua’a I call home. My deep love and passion for the land and ocean of Hawaii guided me to pursue higher education at...

A Letter From Our Directors – March 2023 

By: Michele & Dean Wilhelm, Co-Executive Directors  Aloha Kākou, We hope the beginning of 2023 finds you and your loved ones well! We are so excited to share how the transition into this new year has been filled with great news and new beginnings for Hoʻokuaʻāina.  Firstly, the spirit of celebration has been on the...

Understanding Waiwai at Hoʻokuaʻāina

Vance shares his thoughts on what it is to measure waiwai at Kapalai

For me, this project has been one of the greatest honors of my life. School is sometimes frustrating, but working with Hoʻokuaʻāina has never been anything less than a profound joy. Part of my mom’s family goes back more than five generations in Kailua, including the Maunawili area specifically.

Pilina and Poi: Kūpuna Program Update

Becca our Outreach Coordinator shares the story of our new Kupuna Program where we bring poi to them each poi week.

One of the biggest gifts of the program is the intergenerational pilina building between kūpuna and the ʻōpio in our mentorship program. We have seen great value in creating spaces for generations coming together to learn, grow, and support one another. Through meeting inspiring and hardworking young people, kūpuna expressed feeling nostalgia for their youth and hope for the future.

Coming Home: Reflection From An Intern

Ari is a kaikaina intern at Hookuaaina and shares her story of coming home to the lo'i

Just like the process of hehi, stomping, and turning over the lepo to prepare a patch for the next cycle of growth, this new year brings with it new nutrients and abundance; excitement for what’s to come.

Lepo Lapa’au: ASA Reflection

Rain is part of our ASA Program and is in her first of two years at Hookuaaina

This program has helped me in so many ways. It has helped me work better with my social anxiety, given me a space where I know who I can come to if anything were to happen and has made me hopeful for my future. The program has also flowed through me to my family.

The Power of Poi

Aunty Audrey Nakamura

My family had a banana patch in Maunawili for 40 something years. My dad was first generation in Hawaiʻi, born in Okinawa. Momi is the person who first introduced me to the poi from Hoʻokuaʻāina. She told me, “Audrey, you gotta have this poi cause it’s the best one on the island.” I go, “Yeah right. Poi is poi.” Then she brought me some when I went to the dentist, because she was my teeth-cleaner. I said, “Oh my god, this is out of this world!” So I started going to Hoʻokuaʻāina.

Ka Piko o Kapalai

November 20, 2021 Aloha mai kākou, Itʻs amazing that 2021 is already coming to a close! Like everyone, we have done our best to navigate through this year and hope you all are doing well during these most challenging of times. In spite of the difficulties, we are grateful for the many highlights. Here are...

A Letter From Our Director – Oct. 2021

ASA Cohort 2 and 3 at Kapalai

It’s been a long time and so much has happened since our last newsletter back in March 2020! Like everyone on the planet, we have done our best to navigate through the pandemic and hope each one of you are doing the best you can through these most challenging of times. I would like to share a few of Hoʻokuaʻāinaʻs highlights during this period as well as discuss what I believe to be the mindset of health and well-being from the perspective of our kūpuna to encourage us all.

ASA Program Update – Oct. 2021

Maile and Azure having fun in the loi

I’m very grateful to have been put in many situations where I had to teach this summer. It’s definitely something out of my comfort zone but it’s taught me more than I could imagine. I’m more conscious of my actions, my words, my attitude, and my energy.

Ka Piko o Kapalai – Oct. 2021

Mahie and Meakala Wilhelm working on the hale at Kapalai

At the junction of the Kaloʻs hā and lau lies the piko. This is the navel of the plant. An indispensable connection that tethers the ʻiʻo at the base of the kalo to the outstretched alo of the lau.

We invite you to join us in uplifting our community.

December 4th, 2020 Aloha mai kākou, As we all know, 2020 has indeed been a year full of challenges and adversity for many. Like everyone, we at Hoʻokuaʻāina are trying our hardest to pivot and adapt to the times to best meet the needs of our surrounding communities while continuing to fulfill the mission close...

Education and Outreach Update: July 2020

Written By Makana Wilhelm – Education and Outreach Coordinator Aloha nui e ka mea heluhelu,  With schools closing down in March because of COVID-19, we wanted to find ways to continue connecting with our students while they were stuck at home. In our Kupuohi program, many of the schools visit 4 times during the year...

Hookuaaina Rebuilding Lives From The Ground Up

Hoʻokuaʻāina is located in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua at Kapalai in Maunawili on the island of Oʻahu. Get Directions.

For more information about our programs or how you can get involved please contact us.

916E Auloa Rd.

Kailua, HI 96734

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P.O. Box 342146

Kailua, HI 96734

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Hookuaaina Rebuilding Lives From The Ground Up

Hoʻokuaʻāina is located in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua at Kapalai in Maunawili on the island of Oʻahu.

For more information about our programs or how you can get involved please contact us.

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916E Auloa Rd.

Kailua, HI 96734

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P.O. Box 342146

Kailua, HI 96734

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Hoʻokuaʻāina is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

© Hoʻokuaʻāina 2020 All Rights Reserved | Terms & Conditions | Privacy | Site By Created By Kaui

Hoʻokuaʻāina is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

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