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“Ma Ka hana, ka ‘Ike…
it is by doing that we gain knowledge.”

Conference Organization and Registration Information, please contact:

MA’O Organic Farm (Summer or Kukui)
P.O. Box 441, Wai’anae, Hawai’i 96792
Office: 808-696-5569

Hawai’i Island Volunteers/Donations, please contact:

Manu or Bodhi at 808-934-0182

Youth leaders from Kauai, Maui, Molokai, O’ahu, and Hawai’i will be at the core of our gathering, helping to inspire and infuse the conference proceedings with their vision of Ho’ea Ea and a food-sovereign future. Youth will also play a vital role in the conference by helping in conference activities including the opening and closing of the plenary sessions as well as serving as Kako’o (helpers) in conference workshops. Other unique features offered in this conference that highlight ‘ma ka hana, ka ‘ike’ include:

Pre-conference Day for youth meant to ground and engage them in their leadership roles by learning cultural protocol as well as participating in leadership development training led by Mala ‘Ai ‘Opio (MA’O), an ‘aina-based youth leadership training program in Wai’anae, O’ahu;

  • Plenary Sessions keynote and panel speakers from ka pae ‘aina (to be announced) will deepen the conversations and sharing of knowledge by telling us their own stories of food sovereignty and how it can be achieved while being pono to the ‘aina, culture, and values;

  • ‘Aina-based workshops that will be active, energetic, and hands-on…designed to connect participants with experts in their respective fields. Activities planned include cooking, classes on bio-fuels and alternative energy, farm-to-school programs, sustainable and organic agriculture, food policy and social justice, youth agricultural development and much, much, more;

  • Ho’ike’ike Exhibit tent and booths will feature community and educational materials, cultural practitioners, vendors of fine native art, books, and crafts, as well hands-on demonstrations.

  • Huaka’i Site Visits and Workdays offer conference participants to visit one of many hands-on community sites and projects that will offer much food for thought and a wealth of information and experiences that can be learned from;

  • Hilo Movie Night and Fundraiser where Hilo’s Boys & Girls Club will host a special movie fundraiser to develop funds for their garden project at their club.

  • Closing Plenary and Pa’ina will feature the mea’ai, foods, that was gathered and prepared by our participants. All of the food will be gathered from the ‘aina and kai of Hawai’i moku o Hawai’i.