Founded in the year 2000, The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. We turn research and traditional 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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We are proud of Dr. Sydney Lehua Iaukea, a member of the Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program’s inaugural cohort, who recently released her second book “Keka‘a: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui.” In her new book, Dr. Iaukea explores the history of the development of North Beach West Maui and the resulting grassroots movements that fought for the preservation of public spaces. The book is available for purchase online at as well as Costco and Barnes and Noble locations on Maui. Ho‘omaika‘i, Dr. Iaukea! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Rural and Cooperative Development Services team is seeking comments from the public on proposed regulatory changes that would impact homemade food operations in Hawai‘i. The proposed recommendations would ease restrictions on homemade food operations. We encourage you to review the recommendations and provide your feedback at Deadline for public comments is Friday, November 28. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we're celebrating Aloha Friday by celebrating Dr. Marie Alohalani Brown, the latest fellow from our Mellon-Hawai‘i Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to earn her Ph.D.! Here she is on Wednesday after defending her dissertation "Facing the Spears of Change: The Life and Legacy of Ioane Kaneiakama Papa ‘Ī‘ī" with committee members Dr. Cristina Bacchilega, Dr. Jeff Kapali Lyon, Dr. kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, and Dr. Craig Howes (missing: Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier). Ho‘omaika‘i, Dr. Brown!

(Mahalo to Joy Enomoto for the photo.)
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