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 and capacity to mobilize our resources and rebuild.
We are not alone. Many disasters, whether natural or manmade, are first felt by families and community. They can strike quickly, like fires and storms, or they can creep and grow like homelessness, joblessness, or domestic violence. These cultural traumas are often passed down to the youth, who become the next victims of what can become a perpetual cycle.
Part of our mission at Kaala is to address the root causes of these disasters, and help families develop a sense of place and the skills to rebuild community. Communities need to be safe and healthy places to raise families; that should be everyones birthright. Our dedicated staff, Kaala interns from Waianae and N?n?kuli High Schools, and community volunteers have begun working tirelessly to restore our Cultural Learning Center so we can continue to serve as a k?puka, preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian culture and sustainable living. Since the fire, we have been very fortunate to receive monetary and material contributions from many individuals and organizations. Thank you. We are beginning to see the lessons the fire, the land, and the restoration of our streams can teach us. And, we are rethinking watershed management, relearning the role of the wao akua and the wao kanaka, and the relationship between them. We look forward to learning more, and sharing this new knowledge with you.
We may have lost much, but in the end, gained more. And, we look forward to hosting you and learning these new lessons together.
Mahalo to all who have supported us and Aloha ‘ina.