Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Hoʻoulu ʻĀina located?

Our address is 3659 Kalihi St.  The farm is located at the very end of the road in Kalihi Valley.  Cross over the wooden bridge and on your right you will see a red and white iron gate.  We are located at the very top of that driveway.  

Where should I park?

Parking is located on site.  At large community work days, staff will direct you to parking spaces throughout the property.  We encourage groups to carpool, ride share or bike to Hoʻoulu ʻĀina since parking is limited.  Large school buses are unable to access the narrow roadway so we ask organizations to please contact our office to learn about the safest place for passenger drop off.

What should I bring to the community workday?

Hoʻoulu ʻĀina is located deep in Kalihi Valley where rain is the norm and sunshine is intermittent.  Please be prepared for rain or shine and muddy conditions.  Below is a suggested list of gear you may wish to consider:

  • aloha kekahi i kekahi (We work with aloha so bring a kind and happy heart to the work day)  
  • registration, liability waiver, and photo release forms
  • shoes, boots, or tabis 
  • clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • rain jacket or poncho
  • water bottle
  • deet-free mosquito repellent
  • sunscreen (optional)
  • hat and sunglasses (optional)
  • gloves
  • gardening gear or tools (You may have a special machete, shovel, or pick you are welcomed to bring.  We are also well equipped and have small hands tools available for your use.)

Do you ever cancel your workdays?

 Yes we do.  With the incredible amount of rain we receive in the valley, we sometimes have to cancel our workdays.  When the ground is saturated, having boots trample the land can often do more harm than good.  We will notify  community if a workday has been cancelled on our website and through social media (FB and IG).

 Can I earn community service hours if I volunteer at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina?

Yes, absolutely!  You must register with one of our staff on the day of the event.  Once the work day has ended a Hoʻoulu ʻĀina staff member will be available at the registration table to sign your volunteer form.

I heard you provide lunch at your community work days.  How can I contribute?

Yes!  Our ROOTS crew provides an ʻaipono healthy meal, using locally-sourced food grown and harvested from this land and from local farmers.  We invite community members to bring a healthy dish to add to the abundance of delectable offerings.  (Lunch is only offered at our MONTHLY community work days.)