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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Have you heard about our new Seed Variety Selection Tool for the Hawaiian Islands developed through our Hawaii Public Seed Initiative? The SVST, accessible at koha.la/svst, charts 18 distinct plant hardiness zones for our islands and harnesses community-submitted data to help Hawai‘i gardeners and small-scale farmers select crop varieties most likely to succeed in their specific geographic areas. The SVST is still relatively new so available data may be limited in your area. Experienced growers are encouraged to share their data with us at koha.la/seedsubmit to increase the SVST's usefulness. We welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo! ... See MoreSee Less
There’s a new online tool to help Hawaii gardeners and small-scale farmers pinpoint the crop varieties most likely to succeed in their geographic areas.
2 weeks ago ·
Attention Hawai‘i Island farmers: The Kohala Center and the Arts & Sciences Center are hosting a Farm to School Mixer to connect Hawai‘i Island farmers, food producers, and distributors with public charter school administrators and food service personnel. By making the farm to school connection, island food producers can increase their customer bases and earnings while providing a healthier future for our keiki and communities. Please join us at the Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Science in Pāhoa on Tuesday, June 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend. Register by June 25 at koha.la/f2smixer or call 808-887-6411. ... See MoreSee Less
Make the Farm to School Connection The farm to school movement is gaining momentum in Hawai‘i. Island farmers and distributors are invited to a mini trade show to meet public charter school reps who are leading the charge to create a local supply chain to feed our keiki fresh, nutritious, locally…
3 weeks ago ·
Today we're thrilled to launch Images of Kohala: Source of Water, Source of Life, a three-year project that will document Kohala Mountain's forests, wildlife, streams, and wetlands through photography and cultural, scientific, and observational narrative. Through the lenses of our three photographers-in-residence Andrew Richard Hara, Jack Jeffrey, and Nate Yuen, we look forward to taking you to the remotest, wildest parts of Kohala Mountain and celebrating its endemic flora and fauna, much of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Join us on this journey by liking our Facebook page at facebook.com/ImagesofKohala. ... See MoreSee Less
A three-year photography project involving three well known Hawaii photographers is set to get underway in the native forests of North Hawaii. The Kohala Watershed Partnership, a sponsored program of The Kohala Center, recently received funding to undertake Images of Kohala: Source of Water, Source…
4 weeks ago ·
Did you catch the interview with our president and CEO, Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, on Hawaiʻi Public Radio this week? Kamana sat down with HPR’s Noe Tanigawa to discuss his award-winning book, No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation, and his new role as leader of The Kohala Center. The full interview is now online...have a listen! ... See MoreSee Less
June 3, 2015 (Hawai‘i Public Radio)—The Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association has presented the Samuel Kamakau Book of the Year Award to Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, the new president and CEO of the influential Kohala Center in Waimea. Looking ahead to Kamehameha Day, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this loo…
1 month ago ·
Hawai‘i Island farmers are invited to attend a free Risk Management workshop to learn about disaster assistance programs available to Hawai‘i growers. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m. at the Kohala Village Hub in Hāwī. Advance registration is required at farm-risk-management.eventbrite.com. For more information contact Stuart Nakamoto at email@example.com or 808-956-8125. ... See MoreSee Less
What would happen if your crop was damaged by a volcano eruption or by hurricanes, high winds, droughts, maybe floods? Do you know about the five risk areas that affect farmers (production, financial, market/price, human, legal/institutional)? You are invited to learn about risk & risk managemen…