The Kohala Center is a fully independent, community-based, not-for-profit center for research and education. Through the respectful engagement of the Island of Hawai‘i as an extraordinary and vibrant learning laboratory for humanity, The Kohala Center builds educational and research programs that help communities on Hawai‘i Island, in the Pacific, and around the world thrive — ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially.
As The Kohala Center has grown, its work has become focused on the very basics of life: food, energy, water, and ecosystem health. The Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network (HISGN), which now involves fifty school gardens on Hawai‘i Island alone, is a direct outgrowth of local and global interest in agriculture, food self-reliance, and community food production. HISGN's work is supported, in part, through the Hope for Kids initiative.