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Hoʻokuaʻāina

Partner

Hoʻokuaʻāina is a non-profit nestled in the ahupuaʻa of Kailua at Kapalai in Maunawili on the island of Oahu. It is a manifestation of Dean and Michele Wilhelm’s vision to create a gathering place for people in the community to connect with and care for the ʻāina, perpetuate Hawaiian culture through the cultivation and preparation of kalo, and to be a place that would ultimately bring healing to people, especially at-risk youth. Since 2007, the Wilhelms along with a hui of collaborators and community volunteers have restored 7.6 acres to an abundant and productive taro farm. Today the loʻi is an ideal outdoor learning environment and valuable asset to the Windward community as well as a productive farm enterprise. They are literally “rebuilding lives from the ground up” by empowering youth to realize the meaning and purpose of their lives by helping them develop life strategies and skills through the cultivation of kalo and Hawaiian cultural values-based coaching.