ʻĀina Ulu

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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.


Waipā Foundation
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
Email:  waipaonline@waipafoundation.org
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
Email:  admin@paepaeoheeia.org
Phone: (808) 236-6178

Papahana Kuaola
Comprehensive community-based ahupua‘a management and education activities.

46-403 Haikū Rd., Kāne‘ohe, HI  96744
Email:  papaku66@gmail.com
Phone: (808) 285-9335

Hakipu‘u Learning Center
Community-based lo‘i management and education activities. Also a Hawaiian-focused public charter school serving grades 5 – 12.

45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd., Kāne‘ohe, HI  96744
Email:  chhoe_hlc@yahoo.com
Phone: (808) 382-1847

Nā Kamalei KEEP
Early childhood outdoor education for Ko‘olauloa families with children 0-3.

53-270 Kamehameha Hwy., Hau‘ula, HI  96717
Email:  info@nakamalei.org
Phone: (808) 237-8500

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
Email: kanewai@hawaii.edu
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
Email: malamalokoea@gmail.com
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
Email: jbayman@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 956-8511


Moloka‘i Community Service Council (MCSC)/Hawaiian Learning Center
Community-based ahupua‘a resource management education for grades 5-12 with a focus on fishpond restoration and sustainability practices. Community building via service learning activities, wall-building workshops and practices and sustainability test-projects.

25 Kamehameha V Hwy., Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Email: karenh@molokai.org
Phone: (808) 553-3244


Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation
Comprehensive community-based resource management; includes charter school, preschool

1500 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo, HI 96720
Email:  leinaala@edithkanakaolefoundation.org
Phone: (808) 961-5242

Place-based cultural resource stewardship

P.O. Box 910, Pāhoa, HI 96778
Email:  kkalawe@yahoo.com
Phone: (808) 989-3986

Ho‘oulu Lāhui
Community and place-based natural and cultural resource stewardship education; sustainability; public charter school (Kua o ka Lā). Ho‘oulu Lāhui supports stewardship education and cultural practice relating to agriculture, sustainable energy, forestry, waste management, et al.

14-5322 Kaimu Kapoho Rd., Pāhoa, HI 96778
Email:  pualaa@ilhawaii.net
Phone:  (808) 965-7443

Ka ‘Ike O Ka ‘Āina
Place-based, ‘ohana-focused makai and ahupua‘a stewardship education. Study of and focus on native costal plant propagation and restoration; care of and traditions related to the offshore ‘opelu ko‘a; and preservation and care of holua slide.

65-1230 Mamalahoa Hwy. Suite B20, Kamuela, HI 96743
Email: dyec002@hawaii.rr.com
Phone: (808) 885-5860

Ho‘ola Makana‘ā - HFIA Ka‘ūpūlehu Dry Forest
Native dryland forest restoration and stewardship education through native plant propagation and reforestation efforts. Reconnection of wahi pana, people and families, and cultural practices within the ‘ahupua‘a of Ka‘ūpūlehu.

P.O. Box 2130, Kamuela, HI 96743
Email:  info@hawaiiforest.org
Phone: (808) 933-9411

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
Email: keolanikeawe@gmail.com
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
Email:  halaumaluhia@gmail.com
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
Email: jessiebu@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 985-6196

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
Email: ijoaquin@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 990-4923

Nakoa Foundation
Kona-based outdoor environmental education focusing on the Hawaiian relationship to and reliance on the ocean as a means of food, transportation and recreation. Makai stewardship activities using the wa‘a as a means of connecting to culture, community and the environment.

77-6559 Sea View Cir., Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740-9765
Email: nakoafoundation@hotmail.com
Phone: (808) 960-2768


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
Email: info@kupuhawaii.com
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
Email: ziegler@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 933-0759

For more information on Kamehameha Schools' ‘Āina Ulu programs, contact:

  • For Kaua‘i and O‘ahu programs: Mahelani Matsuzaki at anmatsuz@ksbe.edu or call (808) 534-8194  
  • For Hawai‘i, Maui or Moloka‘i programs: Hōkūao Pellegrino at hopelleg@ksbe.edu or (808) 242-8692  
  • For Statewide programs: William Awa, Jr. at wiawa@ksbe.edu or (808) 541-5346  

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