All photography provided by Eme Truechild & Fanny Rose
Hale Puna perpetuates the rich history of Kauai's westside while promoting cultural and economic resilience within the community.
We are in the process of restoring Hale Puna, formerly known as the Gulick Rowell Mission House. This beautiful historic property has been abandoned and neglected for over 15 years. Initial emergency roof repair began Fall 2017 and will continue for many years to come as we garner the funds we need to give this house the overhaul it deserves and requires. Once restored, the house and working farm will provide for the conservation and study of the historically significant property. We have already planted on site with the help of local students over 75 fruit trees and many other crops including papaya, ʻulu, avocado, maiʻa, liliko'i, 'olena, ʻuala, kō and kabocha. The traditional forest garden will focus on presenting classes and workshops around food, sustainability, permaculture and the history of West Kauai agriculture. The house will be used as a community center for presenting events and performances that contribute to the cultural fabric of West Kauai life and celebrate the building’s unique place in our community.
Restoring Hale Puna will create an engaging community center and historically rich visitor destination. Without immediate attention a valuable asset from Hawaii’s history will be lost. We are excited to prepare the house for its third century for the residents of west Kauai and visitors alike.