A few years ago, my brother, Justin, started working on a farm in the mountains near where he lives. I heard stories about all the work he'd done, but when I visited I got to see the farm for myself and all the progress he had made.
This last trip, I also got to see the lo'i (for cultivating kalo, also known as taro outside of Hawai'i) that he's been working hard on and the beautiful land that surrounds it. (Photo above.) I also learned that they had partnered with a school to bring students up to the farm, teach them about the land and let them grown their own food as well.
Justin and a farmhand at Pauoa Gardens started a Kickstarter project and are looking for backers to help them raise money to continue and expand work on the farm, with the kids and for sharing the produce with others on the island at a farmer's market. You can find out more info and watch a video about it all here. I'm more than happy to back the program and just want to share it with you all! The project must be fully backed ($5,500 pledged) by Labor Day...just a few days away.
The land is beautiful, with colorful flowers and a wide variety of kalo. Justin takes his sons up to the farm and lo'i to have them help with tending the land and teaching them. In my brief visit, I learned lots about the lo'i and kalo and look forward to learning more.
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Āina i ka Pono
The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness