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Mahele Farm

Activity takes place:
Outdoor activity, At a community location,
During time period(s):
Afterschool, Fall Intersession, Winter Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession
Agriculture, Culture, Health, Vocational
Preschool, K-2, 3-5, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Detailed Description:
Hands-on training for all ages in growing, harvesting, and preparing organic food at community-built Mahele Farm.
No charge
Schedule (Days/Times):
Program times (community workdays):

Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with potluck lunch
- Harvest from 8 - 10am, Farm Work from 10am - 3pm
- Volunteers are encouraged to put in at least two hours of age & experience-appropriate farm-related tasks and activities.

Sundays, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- Farm Work from 3 - 4:30pm, Harvest and Share after.
- Farm Management asks that Sunday volunteers arrive before or at 3:00pm, and depart together after sharing harvest.

(Also open to student groups with appointment, M–F, all day)
Additional Information
School-day visits must be coordinated by Hāna School teachers. For after-school or community participation, contact Farm Program Coordinator Mikala Minn at mikala.minn@gmail.com.

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke, established in 2000, is an award-winning construction skills training program for at-risk youth in Hana, Maui—an isolated community on the island’s east coast with over two-thirds its population of Native Hawaiian ancestry. It is also a non-profit organization that has extended it's values of vocational training, sustainability and empowerment to include a community farm and a traditional ku'i (pounding kalo) program.

Our approach is to teach academic subjects through real-life, hands-on application, where students can understand the concepts they’re learning through tangible examples. But these aren’t just examples for learning’s sake. Our projects meet real school and community needs, so our students’ education immediately serves those whose lives it touches.

Self-sustenance, sustainability in building—these are some of the principles we aim to pass on to the next generation, as we create caretakers of our community’s future, leaders of our islands.

The mission of Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (“In Working, One Learns”) is to provide at-risk youth with a way to learn that makes sense to them, that builds their self-esteem and shows them they have the power to change their future.

On the outside we build structures—on the inside, we’re building lives.

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