Haleiʻwa Property Update
July 02, 2020
Since acquiring 8 acres in the heart of Haleʻiwa last fall, we’ve been busy working towards establishing mission driven agricultural, educational, and retail activities which benefit the community, promote local food, waste reduction, and environmental stewardship.
Mahalo to all of our volunteers and partners that are helping us to build out our design and vision! Townscape facilitated the KHF staff, board members, and farm partners through an energizing day of dreaming and placemaking during our farm design charette. WATG selected KHF as the recipient for their Deserving Designs Award and are helping to design our Backyard Garden. We have also started working with Workshop HI on our architectural plans for the Kōkua Community Center, Kōkua General Store and ʻĀINA Farm Stand. Patagonia awarded KHF a grant to support removing invasive species from the Kōkua Learning Farm and installing irrigation. We also received a grant from Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Program which will help us to plant a variety of fruit trees as well as native plants and trees in both the Backyard Garden and Kōkua Learning Farm.
With the help of over 200 volunteers, we have hosted 5 Community Workdays on the property since January. Huge mahalo to everyone who came out to assist our on-going projects,especially to the Patagonia Honolulu & Haleʻiwa teams and Hands In Helping Out (HIHO) and the Kaʻōhao PCS school community. Additionally, Kaʻōhao teacher, ʻĀINA Garden Club Advisor, and farmer, Parker Sawyer has been extremely helpful in the development of our vegetable plot with his incredible skills and farm tools.
The ʻĀINA Farm Stand acted as the Plastic Free Pop-Up shop and was open from November through mid-March selling PFH merchandise, educating the public on our mission, and brainstorming with our neighbors on how to best utilize the property. The Kōkua General Store hosted the Kōkua Community Clothing Swap in early March which welcomed 200 people to shop for second hand clothing. As the times changed and shelter in place guidelines were put in place, our friends at Farm Link Hawaiʻi moved into the Kōkua General Store as they managed a huge increase in orders, connecting people to farm fresh food during a time in need. Mahalo to Kaʻala Livestock for the donation of a refrigerated container to help with this effort. As community feeding efforts increased, Open Kitchen Oʻahu also began providing donated meals to the community as part of the Chef Hui Give & Go Community Meal Program using the Kōkua General Store as their distribution site.