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Community Partnerships

collaborations with communities to advance place-specific research projects and policy initiatives

Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA)

Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) is a backbone organization that supports grassroots growing through shared responsibility. KUA is advancing community-based natural resources management in Hawai’i, working together with government agencies and communities towards restoring Hawaiʻi communities’ traditional role as caretakers of their lands and waters.

Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi

Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is a community-based non-profit organization based in the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia, moku of Koʻolaupoko, island of Oʻahu. With the support of the local community, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi continues to implement Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi (Regrowing the Fruit of Hoi), a long-range project to restore agricultural and ecological productivity to nearly 405-acres within the wetlands of Heʻeia.

Paepae o Heʻeia

Paepae o Heʻeia is a private non-profit organization dedicated to caring for Heʻeia Fishpond – an ancient Hawaiian fishpond located in Heʻeia Uli, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. Established in 2001 by a group of young Hawaiians, Paepae o Heʻeia works in partnership with landowner, Kamehameha Schools, to manage and maintain Heʻeia Fishpond for the community. Paepae o Heʻeia was established to mālama Heʻeia Fishpond and serve as kia’i to this precious resource and treasure.

Ulu Mau Puanui

Ulu Mau Puanui is a non-profit 501c3 organization formed for research and educational purposes to discover and understand how Hawaiians sustained rain-fed (unirrigated) intensive farming for centuries; and how it may inform our current efforts to live sustainably. Ulu Mau Puanui manages the gardens at Puanui, provides educational programs and collaborates with various educational and cultural organizations that provide learning opportunities for students, teachers, families and community.

Waipā Foundation

Waipā Foundation’s mission is to restore Waipā’s vibrant natural systems and resources and inspire healthy, thriving communities connected to their resources. Waipā is a living learning center that teaches, shares, and inspires Hawaiian values and ahupuaʻa practices. They build passion, skills, and competency in related areas of knowledge, while taking care of the people & communities of the area.

Wai‘anae Economic Development Council

An organization of individuals coming from various age groups, backgrounds, jobs, and experiences to share our perceptions, perspectives, and aspirations, to develop the Community Collaboration infrastructure needed to facilitate and sustain long term community planning and development for the Waiʻanae Region. Major community concerns include: traffic, affordable housing, homeless population and issues, lack of living wage jobs in the community, substance abuse issues, and next generation opportunities, training, and retention.

ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures

AAEF is forwarding a community-created vision for our economy and empowering leadership accountable to that vision as we set a course together for Hawaiʻi’s economic resilience. Join thousands of Hawaiʻi community members, businesses, and organizations as we engage in a 4-step process of taking action to bring to life a resilient economy through our core value of ʻāina aloha—a deep and abiding love for Hawaiʻi’s communities and natural environments.