Making connections to kalo, the ‘aina, and each other

La ‘Ohana (Family Day) is a hands-on experience where families learn about planting, growing, harvesting, preparing, cooking, and eating kalo, all in one morning! Since 2013, families have been gathering at Ka‘ala Farm on a monthly basis to work in the community kalo mala (dry-land taro gardens). The day starts with a brief overview of Ka‘ala Farm and its cultural …

Partners and Alliances

There are many great organizations working with the Wai‘anae Coast community.  One  is Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha.  Hoa ‘Aina start in 1979 on five acres of abandoned land next to Makaha Elementary School. Now a vibrant farm, Hoa ‘Aina serves as an educational resource center that focuses on supporting families, fostering community self-reliance, and peace-making on the Waiʻanae Coast.  It …

April – Continuing Community Connections

The 13th annual Keiki Fest was held on April 13th and Ka‘ala staff participated for the 13th time! How cool is that? The annual Keiki Fest is a Kamehameha Schools (KS) sponsored event that connects Waiʻanae Coast keiki and their parents with educational, developmental, and health service providers in their community drew nearly 1,000 community members, collaborators, and volunteers to …

March started and finished with community gatherings!

Calabash and Cooks On March 10th, Ka‘ala Farm was honored to be a part of Malama Learning Center’s fundraiser Calabash and Cooks! The Ka‘ala crew provided kalo burgers, kalo flatbread, and vegan kalo burgers. Demonstrations of kapa (bark cloth) making was provided by kapa workshop participants. It was a great evening with ono food created by chefs and culinary students …

Aloha to PALS and PLACES

For February’s blog, we at Ka‘ala would like to share our appreciation and aloha to Place-Based After-School Literacy Support (PALS) and Place-Based Learning and Community Engagement in School (PLACES) programs! These two programs are strong supports of learners and community partners on the Wai‘anae Coast! Run out of the University of Hawaii, Manoa’s Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity …

Summer Blog Series

Aloha! It is hard to believe that 2018 is nearly half over! We have been busy at Ka‘ala and would like update everyone on Ka‘ala happenings. We thought a summer blog series would be a good way to share about a Ka‘ala activity or two that happened in each month. In that spirit, welcome to the first blog in our …

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 …

Holiday greetings

From December 26, 2012 Greetings to family, friends, supporters, and funders. Hope you are well as we flow from summer, to winter, then toward spring to renew. Kaala continues to rebuild with the help of all of you. As our nation and world is experiencing the worst in natural and man-made disasters, keeping hope and faith in a better future …

Ka‘ala Farm is rebuilding

July 2012 Kaala Farm is rebuilding. The fire, which began in Lualualei, spread into the back of Waianae Kai Valley and consumed our waterlines, the Hale Naauao, and edges of our edible forest. With the help of community, we are rebuilding our Cultural Learning Center. The fire may have consumed us but it also gave us insight into our resilience …

E Hana Mua

As I walked up the dirt path towards the Cultural Learning Center, I could smell burnt charcoal in the air. Where koa haole once existed, only black sticks remained. The firefighters of Station #26 in Waianae were directing the Air 1 helicopter to drop buckets of water on the nearby Waianae Kai Forest Reserve where so many of our rare …