Ho'oulu 'Āina is a welcoming place of refuge where people of all cultures sustain and propagate the connections between the health of the land and the health of the people.
Since 2004, Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) has been stewarding and sustainably developing 100 acres in the back of Kalihi Valley. Dedicated to cultural education and community transformation, this land was named Ho‘oulu ‘Āina, meaning “to grow the land” and “to grow because of the land,” based on the value that the health of the land and the health of the people are one.
- As we work, we listen to the land, and let it guide us.
- We work to heal and promote health.
- We work with the ahupua'a as our model for sustainability, encompassing environmental, economic, and social aspects of our community.
- We work in the spirit of reciprocity—celebrating experiential teaching and learning.
- We work together, inspired by our diversity, creating an ahu of shared connection and responsibility.
- We work with intentionality.
- We work in partnership.
- We work as an "and" culture, not as an "or" culture.
- We work to build community among those in and beyond the ahupua'a of Kalihi.
- We work to feel good, with a light heart and happiness, with openness, because we believe in this work.
- Creativity, experimentation, artistic expression and ho'omanawanui are integral to each of our guiding principles.