Aloha e friends,

As you probably know, a core part of our mission is increasing local food production and consumption. This past month we were invited to a statewide food systems group, and were asked to bring an object to the convening that represents our island - we chose pa‘akai (or salt).

To us, pa‘akai represents much of what makes Kauai‘i so beautiful and rich - traditional knowledge, cultural practice, collaboration, and an abundance of natural resources. And maybe even the fact that we're known for getting a little salty from time to time when you mess with something we love.

In terms of farming and ranching it's easy to forget about Kaua‘i salt since it doesn't involve plants and animals, and isn't sold in stores, but we are incredibly blessed to still have this unique tradition and resource. Although small in number, our beloved Hanapepe Salt Pond families are among very few groups in the state currently perpetuating this ancient harvesting practice.

The day we returned from this convening we saw the call out for kokua from Salt Pond families - while they are known for their generous sharing of one of our island's greatest gifts, this time they are asking for support. They're facing many challenges - flooding, homeless sleeping in the salt patch, litterers breaking bottles in the area, an old road crumbling into the salt beds, and a new helicopter company moving in that risks dust and dirt contamination. Review their page, Hawaiian Pa'akai for more info if you want to help.

Another awe-inspiring aspect of Kaua‘i is our ability to come together to support each other when the going gets tough, and pooling our resources to ensure everyone is taken care of. But you can't exactly bring that as an object to a convening. We'll just have to hold that one in our hearts.

A hui hou,

Megan Fox
Executive Director


Stories in this issue include...

- Upcoming Mahi‘ai Mondays Workshops 2/5 & 3/5
- Volunteer Spotlight
- Featured Farmer
- Spring Break Ag Internship Open for Applications
- Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee Hiring an Outreach Associate
- 2/9 & 2/10: Breadfruit Agroforestry Workshops
- 2/17: St. Catherine's School Garden Party in Kapa‘a - Phase 2
- 2/17: Na Pua No‘eau Mauka ‘Ohana Day in Koke‘e
- 2/20: ‘Ulu Rescue for Village Harvest
- Buy a T-shirt to Support Kaua‘i's Farm-to-School Pilot!
- Support the Efforts & Our Wishlist


Upcoming Mahi‘ai Mondays Workshops 

in February & March

Join us at the Mālama Kaua‘i Community Farm to learn more about our Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program and get prepared to launch or expand your farming or ranching operation in 2018! To learn more or sign up for assistance, visit our WEBSITE for more info and program application. Services are 100% free for minority farmers and ranchers!


Volunteer Spotlight:
Randy Roe

This month we'd like to mahalo our long-time Village Harvest volunteer, Randy Roe.

Randy has been volunteering consistently with Village Harvest since it began, and has been incredibly helpful and reliable. He is always shedding tidbits of helpful information and his passion for preventing food from dropping and going to waste is evident in his action and commitment. On multiple occasions, he has even picked and shared his own fruit to be donated to schools and food banks by Village Harvest.

We are so grateful to have his positivity and harvesting help! Mahalo Randy!


Featured Farmer:
Aloha Aina Poi Company

Based in the Makaweli Valley on the Westside of Kauaʻi, Aloha Aina Poi Company is a farmer owned enterprise centered on ʻāina-based community enrichment, empowerment and economic development. Their goal is to provide the highest quality kalo products in order to reinvigorate and support a thriving mahiʻai kalo (kalo farming) complex in West Kauaʻi.

We want to mahalo mahi‘ai Kaina Makua for all he does for our keiki and community, including always being available to host and mentor ag interns at his farm even with his many responsibilities. Unfortunately, their hale and lo'i was burned recently. It was the hale halau of Kaina, the halau (school) of the non-profit organization Kumano Ike Ala, and contained camera equipment, athletic equipment, and tools for the lo'i. A third party has set up a fundraiser to purchase the materials and tools needed to rebuild and replace the video equipment. You can participate in the GoFundMe here.


Spring & Summer Break Ag Internship

Applications Open Now!

Visit our Ag Internship page for details and applications for both programs! 


Seeking an Outreach Associate 

What does an Outreach Associate do? Develops and maintains a positive public image for KISC operations.  Develops and implements public education and outreach program to raise public awareness about invasive species and generate support for KISC’s efforts to control them.  Acts as primary contact for public inquiries.  Makes presentations to community and school groups.  Obtains and maintains permission to control invasive species on public and private property.  Plans and runs volunteer events.  Fields reports of KISC target species from the general public.  Works with KISC partners including Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) to organize joint control efforts.  Develops, produces and maintains display boards, flyers, brochures, computer presentations and other educational materials for public events, educational sessions or landowner contacts. 

For full details and application CLICK HERE. The application deadline is February 5th.


2/9 & 2/10: Breadfruit Agroforestry Workshops

The Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is presenting six one-day workshops on regenerating Hawai'i's agricultural lands with breadfruit agroforestry statewide. The Kaua‘i workshops will be held on February 9th and 10th from 8:30am - 4:00pm at NTBG Headquarters in Kalaheo.

This is a unique opportunity for participants to learn from experts in breadfruit varieties, agroforestry, tree care, organic techniques, product development, and economic analysis. Workshop presenters include Diane Ragone (Breadfruit Institute), Craig Elevitch (Agroforestry Net), Heidi Bornhorst (Pruning for Productivity), and local presenters from each island.

Participants will leave the workshops with an in-depth perspective on the opportunities and challenges of regenerative organic agroforestry with breadfruit, breadfruit establishment and care, product options, and economic evaluation. 

Registration is required. Space is limited. Please visit for registration and details.


2/17: St. Catherine's School Garden Party


2/17: Na Pua No‘eau Mauka ‘Ohana Day


2/20: ‘Ulu Rescue Day for Village Harvest

Join us in replanting and harvesting keiki ‘ulu trees for redistribution into the community through food banks, schools, and low-income neighborhoods!


Buy a T-shirt to Support Kaua‘i's Farm-to-School Pilot!

Māla’ai Kula T-shirt Fundraiser
Show your support for farm-to-school!

Order & Payment Due February 27th. With on-time payment, shirts will be ready the end of March!

Adult shirt $25   Youth shirt $17

Click here for the order form!


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