Bringing Back the Lo’i


  • The base of the Wai’Anae Valley

  • Being taught to plant the ancient way.

  • A Ka’ala Farm intern teaching the ancient way.

Ka’ala’s Story:

In the ancient times, the ahupua’a of Wai’anae Kai was the poi bowl of the leeward coast.

Water diversions for sugar left the valley without its natural streams, overrun by koa haole trees and invasive grass.

In the late 1970s a group of community members began working to bring water back to the Wai’anae Valley.

Today over 3,000 school children visit the Cultural Learning Center at Ka’ala every year.

Watershed restoration partnerships and education efforts are also active in Nānākuli and Mākaha.

We Need Your Help!


We’re looking to expand the learning spaces at Ka’ala Farm. We’ve added our project blueprint below.

Any contribution that you can make to this effort will go a long way. Monetary donations provided by you and other individuals and organizations will pay for materials, equipment, transportation, technical assistance, and nourishment for the many volunteers involved in building a safe and spiritual place for generations to come.

Mahalo to all who have supported us and Aloha ‘Aina