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.
Below are our Monthly and Weekly Community Workdays. Please click the following link to our community events page for more information and to register to our monthly and community workshops: Community Events
Please note that due to inclement weather and safety for the ʻāina and our community members we sometimes have to cancel a workday. We make the announcement here on website, our Instagram @hoouluaina, and on our Facebook at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina.
Community First Wednesday
1st Wednesday of the Month
Coordinator: HA Staff
Every first Wednesday of the Month, our HA alakaʻi will be hosting a special topics workshop, with all the supplies provided and a potluck lunch to follow afterwards. To see a full schedule of our 1st Wed workshops, follow the link to our Community Events page.
Community Third Saturday
3rd Saturday of the Month
Facilitator: HA & Roots 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. Our work difficulty levels welcome all ages and ʻohana with small children.
This is our largest community workday and we encourage our community members and groups of 10 or larger to contact and register with us at email@example.com in advance, we recommend at least one month in advance. This is so that both our staff can be prepared and that our check-in process is easier.
Please check out Require Participant Forms page to:
- Download & sign our Volunteer Waiver Liability & Photography waivers
- A Workday Checklist
- and other Frequently Asked Questions
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. To see a full schedule of our Last Thursday workshops, follow the link to our Community Events page.
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.