Founded in the year 2000, The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. We turn research and ancestral knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. Our main areas of interest are energy self-reliance, food self-reliance, and ecosystem health.
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THE FOOD ISSUE: The latest edition of our e-newsletter, The Leaflet, is out! In this issue we focus on several of our efforts to increase food security—for Hawai‘i, for our children, and for communities around the world. Read about our work with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote and learn from indigenous agricultural practices, the story of three young interns motivated by our Sustainable Agriculture Internship Program to further their ancestral knowledge, a new cooperative business that will expand the availability of locally raised meats, and an innovative approach to support schools in procuring more fresh, locally grown food. Sign up for our newsletters and updates at koha.la/signup. ... See MoreSee Less
Although “food issues” of publications usually promise creative recipes and mouth-watering photos of exotic cuisine, this issue of The Leaflet focuses on our latest efforts to advance local food production and agricultural knowledge—for Hawai‘i, for our children, and for communities around the world…
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Our Kohala Watershed Partnership could use your help. Earlier this month, a runaway brush fire scorched nearly 2,000 acres of the Pelekane Bay watershed in Kawaihae. A massive flash flood a week later not only washed tons of ash and topsoil into the bay (threatening the health of coral reefs and other marine life along the South Kohala coastline), but fencing erected by our field crew to keep feral goats out of the watershed was toppled and buried under sediment or completely washed away. As a result, goats are able to roam free in the watershed, threatening restoration and critical erosion-control efforts. The need to rebuild the fence is urgent and the Partnership needs to raise an additional $30,000 to complete the work. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Kohala Watershed Partnership online at koha.la/donate or by sending a check to PO Box 437462, Kamuela, HI 96743. Mahalo for your kōkua! ... See MoreSee Less
Support Our Work You can make a tax-deductible contribution to help communities on Hawai‘i Island, in the Pacific, and around the world thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. Act now on your hope for the future. When you support The Kohala Center and its programs with an annual…
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Earlybird registration for ‘Aimalama: Pacific Peoples' Lunar Conference on Climate Change ends Saturday, August 15—beat the deadline and save $100. Enter promotional code MAHINA2015 and save $50 more! Register today at aimalama.org. ... See MoreSee Less
The ʻAimalama Lunar Conference will bring together peoples of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific who are revitalizing lunar practices to share lunar methodologies with one another and build a regional community of practice.
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It's Farmers Market Week on Hawai‘i Island! Show our island farmers and food producers some love this week—and every week—by buying fresh, local food at our abundant farmers markets and retailers who stock local food products. By doing so you help increase demand for local food, reduce our dependence on imports, improve community health, save energy, and support local farming families. Visit www.lovebigisland.com/farmers-markets to find a Hawai‘i Island farmers market near you. ... See MoreSee Less
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Since the year 2000 we've facilitated unique and powerful partnerships to help move our island forward. Thanks to our latest partnership with the County of Hawai‘i and the Hickey Family Foundation, we're able to help Hōlualoa Elementary School have its first school garden educator, Kamuela Meheula-Naihe, who will also contribute her knowledge and expertise to other public and charter schools in West Hawai‘i. ... See MoreSee Less