Learn on the land and practice mālama i ka ʻāina on Kamehameha Schools’ agricultural and conservation lands. ʻĀina Ulu is a program which brings together over twenty different community organizations which manage these lands and provide culture-based and place-based learning opportunities.
Programs are offered over the course of the year with varying lengths of time commitments (i.e. Charter School, monthly community work day or summer internship). Individuals, groups, organizations or schools are eligible to participate depending on the particular program. Some programs are free while others require a minimal fee to participate.
Watch a recent story on the program, the kākou effort that's a part of making the program successful and what it aims to do to make ‘āina-based learning opportunities available for thousands of learners in Hawai‘i each year.
Find a list of program collaborators with a brief description and contact information below. Contact each collaborator directly to find out more about program offerings and how to get involved.
Comprehensive community-based ahupuaʻa management and education activities which include agriculture production/food sovereignty and culinary/farm-to-table programs.
5-5785 A Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: (808) 826-9969
Paepae o He‘eia
Community-based loko i‘a (fishpond) based stewardship and resource management education for grades 5-12 with a focus on fishpond restoration and sustainability practices.
46-077 ‘Ipuka St., Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
Phone: (808) 236-6178
Comprehensive community-based ahupua‘a management and education activities.
46-403 Haikū Rd., Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744
Phone: (808) 285-9335
UH Ka Papa Lo‘i O Punalu‘u
Hawaiian language-based lo‘i resource management education and activities with an emphasis on grades 3 to post-high learners. Coordinated in partnership with UH Mānoa's Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kanewai.
Punalu‘u, HI 96717
Phone: (808) 945-1562
Mālama Loko Ea
Community-based loko i‘i (fishpond) based stewardship and resource management education for grades 5-12 with a focus on fishpond restoration and sustainability practices.
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone: (808) 306-1445
UH Mānoa Archaeology Field School
Postsecondary education field school/applied archeology certificate program training kama‘āina cultural resource managers.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2424 Maile Way, Saunders 346, Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8511
Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike
Hands-on skills training program for at-risk youth in Hāna, Maui that substitutes textbooks and classroom work with tools and job experience. The organization oversees the Hāna sustainable agriculture program at Mahele Farm. This serves as a lab site for training students in structural design and building. Academic subjects are taught through real-life application. Projects meet real school and community needs so students’ education serves all those whose lives it touches.
P.O. Box 968 Hana, HI 96713
Hui o Kuapā - Keawanui Fishpond
Hui o Kuapā is a 501(c)(3) nonprofi t organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of supporting Native Hawaiian fishpond restoration, education & research.
Kaunakakai HI 96748
Place-based cultural resource stewardship
P.O. Box 910, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Phone: (808) 989-3986
Uluha‘o O Hualālai
Family-based, intergenerational transmission of Mauka Kona place-based stewardship through activities for children ages 2-10. Curriculum is focused on native forest plant identification, propagation and restoration.
Holualoa, HI 96725
Phone: (808) 896-5034
Makai retreat facility supporting South Kona place-based, family-based cultural resource activities and stewardship of the Hālau Maluhia site, including clearing and removal of invasive plants. Provides supplemental activites such as imu, fishing practices, carving, weaving and canoes.
P.O. Box 206, Honaunau, HI 96726
Phone: (808) 989-8606
Three Mountain Alliance
Watershed partnership dedicated to promoting healthy native forests and resulting in the protection and production of fresh water. Conducts teacher training workshops and two-week summer ecology camps for students grades 6-12. Provides science-based curriculum and activities based on all aspects of the water cycle.
P.O. Box 1097, Volcano, HI 96785
Phone: (808) 985-6196
Ho‘ola Makana‘ā HFIA Ka‘ūpūlehu Dry Forest
Native dryland forest restoration and stewardship education
P.O. Box 66 O‘okala, HI 96774
Phone: (808) 933-9411
Keauhou Ka‘ū Forest
Coordinates education and stewardship access for reforestation efforts including natural and cultural resource stewardship activities in the Keauhou Ka‘ū forest. Also coordinates a bird conservation center.
P.O. Box 6791, Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 990-4923
Ulu Mau Puanui
Community-based agriculture research and education
P.O. Box 685; Kamuela, HI 96743
Phone: (808) 936-1612
Kupu- Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC)
Natural resource service learning for youth ages 16 to 24. The HYCC program provides summertime cohort-based natural resource service learning and internships. Also provides AmeriCorps year-round and part-time opportunities. Academic course credit and financial awards for qualified participants.
4211 Waialae Ave. Suite 1020, Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 735-1221
UH Hilo Hawaiian Internship Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center
Undergraduate research experience related to science and natural resource management. Six week summer, cohort-based internships for Hawaiian and kama‘āina juniors and seniors in a post-secondary institution with a focus on the natural sciences, science education or natural resource management. The program pairs interns with a scientist-mentor to provide research or other related experience. Interns are provided a stipend and academic credit.
200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 933-0759
Cultural resource internships for undergraduate students in the UH System.
P.O. Box 6813 Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 265-3284
For more information on Kamehameha Schools' ‘Āina Ulu programs, contact:
- For Kaua‘i and O‘ahu programs: Mahelani Matsuzaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 534-8194
- For Hawai‘i, Maui or Moloka‘i programs: Hōkūao Pellegrino at email@example.com or (808) 242-8692
- For Statewide programs: William Awa, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 541-5346