Na Mahiʻai o Keʻanae Malama Hawaii Maui Program: The Farmers of Keʻanae
Sponsored by Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau
The group is helping to create programs and opportunities to increase cultural knowledge, cultural vocation, and support the sustainability of Ke’anae.
Its mission statement:
1) Provide Ke’anae farmers and community with support, training, and sustainable economic development opportunities
2) Provide the youth of Ke’anae with cultural and educational programs and a safe space in the community to learn and practice the Hawaiian culture and activities
3) Provide cultural classes, conservation workshops and events for community members, visitors, and businesses to help increase cultural knowledge, history of the area, and promote hands-on learning experiences in farming and conservation of the natural resources of Ke’anae.
There are monthly work days on the 4th Saturday and Monday from 8 a.m. to noon. Meet at Ke’anae Park.
Over the last few years, NMK has been working with community partners, including Makoa Quest, KUPU and KAEHU to bring volunteers, interns and eco-tours to the taro patches in Ke’anae to help with planting, harvesting, and farm work. While working in the taro patches, volunteers learn about the area, meet the people and get a better understanding of the native Hawaiian staple taro and how its grown.
NMK has hosted National Geographic Summer Youth Leadership program, churches, public and private schools, nonprofits and community organizations, businesses and government agencies. NMK works with keiki to kupuna and have work for all ages and physical abilities.
The efforts help local farmers. Living in such a remote community, far from town, its difficult to find workers for the taro patches and many of the families have moved away for work or education. Bringing in volunteers will help bring much needed labor into Ke’anae to help farmers with the taro patches and other fruits and veggie crops that help to feed their families, the community and Maui.
For more information: www.gohawaii.com/listing/maui-visitors-convention-bureau/110762
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