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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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
This just in. Pololu Valley from this morning's mission!
Mahalo to David Okita, owner of Volcano Helicopters for master piloting over the Kohala Mountains to help support The Kohala Center and Kohala Watershed Partnership on our Images of Kohala: Source of Water, Source of Life Photographer in residence project!
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Did you know that in 1998 the Hilo Farmers Market was the first in the USA to accept SNAP (EBT) benefits? Since 2012 we've helped six other Hawai‘i Island farmers markets accept SNAP benefits, providing customers with healthier, locally grown food options and directly supporting island farmers. Markets in Honoka‘a and Waimea are expected to begin accepting SNAP benefits this fall. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s no surprise that participation in the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program increased after the recession began in 2008. But at the same time, more people have also chosen to use their food stamp benefits outside of the grocery store.
2 weeks ago ·
We’re proud to co-sponsor ‘Aimalama: Pacific Peoples’ Lunar Conference on Climate Change taking place in Honolulu September 25-27 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The 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. Register soon and get an earlybird discount at aimalama.eventbrite.com. ... 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.