Grow the Māla (Garden) Campaign

Aloha
Thanks to you over 2,500 ‘ōpio (youth), mākua (adults), kūpuna (elders), and ‘ohana (families) were able to experience connecting with Wai’anae Kai, our poi bowl, the most intact cultural landscape on O’ahu. On behalf of the lāhui, we want to thank you for providing the ability to preserve and share the 97 acres of the cultural learning center at Ka’ala Farm.

This past fall, 25 students from the Nānākuli High School’s ‘A’ali’i program brought down a third water line to feed and nourish the lo’i and ‘ohana gardens. Inspired, the students wrote and presented a resolution to the Wai’anae Neighborhood Board expressing their resolve to have some of the water presently being diverted to the water tunnel be re-released back into the stream. Students who were at-risk of dropping out of high school are now connected community advocates. They went from passion to purpose.
It is your support that makes stories like the ‘A’ali’i program students possible.

Today we’re launching our Grow the Māla (Garden) Campaign. Ka’ala Farm has four acres of māla and lots of new lo’i kalo in production. These areas provide a community piko for programs, workdays, and visits that aim to connect kanaka to the ‘āina, each other, and their community. The number of families coming to workdays and the request to visit Ka’ala Farm are increasing. In order to meet this demand we need to expand the mala. We have the land, we have the water, we need the resources to staff and maintain the māla.

That’s why our goal for this campaign is to raise $60,000 by June 30, 2017. If we raise that amount, we’ll be able to provide two additional full-time staff to manage the area and work to expand the mala to provide a piko for communities that are pono and protect this special, significant place. We need your help to make it happen.

Would you be willing to make a special donation of $50, $100, or whatever you can afford, to help us meet our goal and expand the mala?

We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will make a real, lasting impact on the community, the ‘āina, and for all the people of Hawaii nei.
Please, click here to make your donation now. ‘A’ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia (No task is too big when done together by all) – ‘Ōlelo No’eau.
Thank you in advance for your continued support and friendship.
Mahalo,
Eric Enos
Executive Director
Ka’ala Farm, Inc.

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