Hoʻoulu ʻĀina is excited to host thousands of committed volunteers who help us with our organic reforestation practices, pā pōhaku builds, garden beds and many other mālama ʻāina endeavors. Once laden with conflict and hurt, volunteers help to heal this ‘āina and together we breath life back into our ahupuaʻa. To know what to bring for any of the workdays below, check out our Workday Checklist page.
Community Work Day
3rd Saturday of the Month
Facilitator: HA Staff
Every Third Saturday of the Month, volunteers and community members come together to learn and work in the forest, garden, and kitchen to malama, or care for, Kalihi Valley. Native reforestation, community food production, and healthy food preparation fill our morning, and at noon we share harvest and potluck under the tent. Community members and large groups are encouraged to sign up. Our work difficulty levels welcome all ages and familes with small children.
Growing Farmers Workshop
Every Last Thursday of the Month
Every last Thursday of the month, our Mahiʻāina alakaʻi will be hosting a special topics workshop, with all the supplies provided and a potluck lunch to follow afterwards. Below is our Fall 2017 schedule the Growing Farmers workshop:
10/19: Insects & Pests Walk-story
11/30: ʻĀina to Table: Harvesting & Cooking
12/28: ʻĀina Gifts
Community Work Day
We spend Wednesday mornings in Pasifika, where we learn from and with one another about Pacific Island traditions in agroforestry. Working together in the forest, we grow food and medicine in the traditions of our ancestors from Hawai'i to Chuuk, Japan to Ilocos Norte. Can you say 'banana' in five different languages?
Thursday mornings are shared in our 1.65 acre garden. It is here that we engage is organic gardening, seed sharing and till the ʻaina for organic sustenance, whilst holding current food policy conversations. Volunteers practice growing food on the ʻāina and take their skills back to their home gardens. With a bunch of foodies around, potlucks are always how we end a dayʻs hard work.