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ABOUT

ABOUT

The name Kupa ‘Aina refers to native/indigenous foods, reflecting our goal to cultivate the land and foods utilizing ‘ike kūpuna to provide sustenance today. While the use of ʻāina would refer to being ‘native to the land’, the change to ʻaina helps keep us focused on what our kuleana is here.

Our commitment to healthy communities and healthy families is demonstrative with the creation and implementation of Kupa ʻAina. Since the blessing of the project in July 2018, Kupa ‘Aina has had transformative results on the area.

At Kupa ‘Aina we implement Natural Farming practices that encompasses traditional Hawaiian agricultural methods, Korean natural family methods, and practices used across various other sustainable agricultural models. Natural Farming utilizes in indigenous microorganisms to rejuvenate the land and produce high-yield, high-nutrient crops. These microorganisms are collected from areas close to the farms, and cultured using everyday ingredients such as sugar, rice, and seawater.

We know historically that the Native Hawaiians were able to sustain a large population 100% sustainably, and so through Kupa ‘Aina, we are rediscovering and practicing the art of feeding our families while caring for the land that sustains us.

Through Kupa ʻAina, we plan on understanding traditional agricultural practices and applying them to the contemporary issues we face as an island community, namely food security and sustainability.

As we seek sustainable solutions and what that means, we look to our Hawaiian ancestors and the wisdom they left us in moʻolelo, ʻoli, and traditional practices. This way, our keiki will reap the benefits of healthy communities and a food-secure future.

Benefits

Benefits

  • No chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics or other chemicals are used
  • Healthier soil; thus healthier plants and livestock
  • No waste, runoff, or foul odor
  • Reduced water use (40 to 50% less)
  • No groundwater or ocean contamination
  • Increases soil health over time

Volunteer

Volunteer

Our Kupa ʻAina Natural Farming Project is almost constantly in need of volunteers to help with many different tasks on the farm.

Check back here for the latest opportunities!

Recent News

Recent News

Hawaii has no girls in juvenile detention. Here’s how it got there.

July 25, 2022

Nationwide, there have been efforts to lower youth incarceration rates and close youth prisons. Efforts made by OYAH at Kawailoa are shared.

Innovative program for at-risk youth in the running for competitive $20M grant

July 21, 2022

Original story published on Hawaii News Now on July 19, 2022 by Lynn Kawano, click here to read. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An Oahu program that helps at-risk youth and young adults could soon be getting millions of dollars in funding and worldwide recognition. Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center was one of 1,453 non-profit applicants from…

The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Has No Girls. Can It Do The Same For Boys?

June 23, 2022

OYAH Kawailoa campus partners, Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility and Hale Kipa share more on how community efforts led toward lower numbers of girls incarcerated in Hawaiʻi.

Kupa ʻAina among 17 nonprofits in 2022 – 2024 ALICE Initiative Cohort

April 27, 2022

Kupa ʻAina will expand its community partnerships to provide Hawaiʻi’s most at-risk and vulnerable youth with mentorship and vocational training opportunities, financial literacy education, and supplemental services to increase their independence and financial stability.