Kipahulu 'Ohana

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Come experience life in Old Hawai'i
with Native Hawaiian farmers at Kipahulu!

In Hawai'i, on the Island of Maui, there is a place called Kipahulu. Long before the first Europeans arrived on Maui, Kipahulu was prized by the Hawaiian ali'i (royalty) for its fertile 'aina (land) and kai (ocean). Thousands of people once lived a sustainable lifestyle in this area farming, fishing, and surviving with the resources of the 'Ahupua'a (traditional Native Hawaiian land division which stretches from the mountain to the sea).

In 1995, a small group of Native Hawaiian residents came together to revive, restore, and share the practices of traditional Native Hawaiian culture with others in Kipahulu. We, the Kipahulu 'Ohana, are a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating residents and visitors of the "ways of old" through cultural demonstrations and hands-on activities. Using the wisdom and spiritual guidance of our kupuna (elders, learned teachers), we seek to re-establish a Hawaiian lifestyle in Kipahulu. By initiating sustainable projects, dividing the labor, and sharing the results we will preserve our culture.

Mahalo Ke Akua. Ano ai ke aloha.

"Thank you with blessings from God. Greetings with love."
--Kupuna Daisy

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Educational and Community
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Cultural Interpretive Hike
and Taro Patch Tour

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Read Kipahulu Ohana's "Mālama Ke Kai" Community Action Plan (Dec. 2012)
for makai/shoreline management of the Kipahulu moku.

Be a Hero! Malama 'Aina
Maui No Ka 'Oi magazine, March-April 2014

Back to the roots: Hana's annual East Maui Taro Festival is definitely a hands-on experience
The Maui News, April 18, 2010

Photos of 20th East Maui Taro Festival, April 21 - 22 2012

Photos of the 18th East Maui Taro Festival, April 24-25, 2010

Prep for Taro Fest 2010 - part 1
Prep for Taro Fest 2010 - part 1
Prep for Taro Fest 2010 - part 3
18th Annual East Maui Taro Festival, April 24, 2010
Taro Festival Field Trip, April 25, 2010

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East Maui Taro Festival
Honoring cultural roots in Hana, Hawaii
American Profile, March 30, 2011

Down on the farm on Maui
San Jose Mercury News, March 20, 2011

Along the Hana Highway:
Kamehameha's Extension Education Enrichment Program
Kulia I Ka Pono Comes to Hana, Maui

Imua, Fall 2010 (Kamehameha Schools' alumni magazine)

Hawaii Tourism Authority grants perpetuate culture
The Honolulu Advertiser, Monday, February 11, 2008

Plant Taro & Find Your Native Roots
Spirit of Aloha, November/December 2007

Hike with the Kipahulu 'Ohana
East Maui nonprofit offers an authentic Hawaiian experience at "the last Hawaiian place."
The Maui Weekly, July 12, 2007

Hana knows how to party with its popular East Maui Taro Festival
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sunday, April 8, 2007

Funky Things with Poi
Great chefs tackle the flavors of East Maui
Spirit of Aloha, September/October 2006

Kipahulu Kitchen : A recipe for community
Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Spring, April 2006

The Meaning of Food
Center for Ecoliteracy "Thinking outside the Lunchbox" essay series, October 2005

Kipahulu Ohana wins Kahili Award
Recognized by Hawaii Tourism Authority "Keep It Hawaii" Awards for
"authentic portrayal of the Hawaiian culture"
HTA Press Release, July 25, 2005

Taro patch experience helps problem kids
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Sunday, January 23, 2005

Island Heroes: Living aloha, every day
The Linds share their love for 'aina
The Honolulu Advertiser, Sunday, January 2, 2005

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Kipahulu 'Ohana
PO Box 454
Hana, Maui, Hawaii 96713

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