Our Purpose

Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai sustains a thriving taro patch that shares its resources with the community.  There are a variety of native and indigenous trees and shrubs growing along the stream and low-lying slopes.  Families, students, and community organizations are welcome to engage and immerse themselves in hana Hawaiʻi and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.  Kūpuna and keiki feel welcome and comfortable sharing their knowledge about kalo and nā mea Hawaiʻi.  Our staff is skilled in the identification, cultivation, and propogation of a variety of native plants.

Pakolu Nā Kahu…

By using a single Hawaiian value we have learned at Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai  that we have no choice to envoke a number of values.  The three values or kahu that bring into perspective the attitude and mindset that we who work at Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai must have in order to provide a positive experience for our visitors and kamaʻaina. We hope to inspire all to continue these kahu beyond their experience with us at Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai.

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Baby Manu o Kū in a Kukui tree.

Laulima, many hands working together, reminds us that it is because of many that we are able to experience what we are able to observe today. As we work as a collective group we can continue this for tomorrow.

Mālama refers to Mālama ʻĀina and the idea that a reciprocal process is achieved when each of us cares for the land and all things that feeds us mentally, physically and spiritually.

Keiki kāne amongst the the Piko Lehua Apiʻi.

Keiki kāne amongst the the Piko Lehua Apiʻi.

Puʻuhonua used to reference a place of sanctuary in times of war. In thought, we hope to provide a modern Puʻuhonua that is Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai for all plants, animals, and people that frequent and live in the area of Kānewai.

Ku i ka māna.

Like the one from whom he received what he learned.

Māna is food masticated by an elder and conveyed to the mouth of a small child. The pupil receives knowledge from the mouth of his teacher.