Here are some projects we are currently working on.
HALE PUNA FARM SCHOOL
This is a workforce training program designed for local youth to learn about sustainable agriculture from the planning stage to the marketplace. Paid student interns design, plant, harvest and sell produce and goods at the Waimea Farmers Market at Hale Puna every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 until 5:00 PM.
We are incredibly thankful to West Kauai Farms for taking on the initial responsibility of transforming the 1.3 acre parcel of land from a fallow dry wasteland into a bountiful food forest. With the help of local students and community members we have already planted over 75 fruit trees including avocado, papaya, ʻulu, coffee, cacao, noni, jackfruit, rollinia, fig, banana, citrus and lilikoʻi.
RESTORING HALE PUNA
Built in 1828 and abandoned since 2004, this house is in serious need of immediate repair. In fall 2017 emergency construction begun to repair the roof.
Hale Puna is the producing sponsor for the Kauai Old Time Gathering, an annual event in Kōkeʻe State Park. KOTG seeks to promote old time Hawaiian and mainland American music and crafts through workshop and performance. Accommodations on sale now for the THIRD ANNUAL KOTG NOVEMBER 21st-24th. Visit kauaioldtime.com for more info.