Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture

Aina Fest 2017

ʻĀina Fest 2017

Educational Activities & Other Offerings

'Āina Fest 2017 educational offerings include 3 pre-festival workshops: Natural Building and Lashing, Bamboo Building, and a Permaculture Blitz. Day-of festival educational offerings include multiple agriculture and ecology education booths, Hawaiian Cultural Village activities, and Yoga Classes by Hawai'i Yoga Festival. Please read below for details.


The 3 Pre-Festival workshops are designed to strengthen attendees’ skills and knowledge of natural building practices including lashing, permaculture design and methods and teamwork. Learn More...



Four 30 minute yoga classes in different styles offered throughout the day by teachers provided by the 5th Annual Hawai’i Yoga Festival at Kalani.



Four 30 minute yoga classes in different styles offered throughout the day by teachers provided by the 5th Annual Hawai’i Yoga Festival at Kalani.

HYF at Kalani


Hawaiian Cultural Village activities include Makahiki Games, Pa'i'āi (poi pounding) lei making and ceremonial fire. 

Ceremonial Fire

The Kohala Aina Festival is excited to bring a ceremonial fire to the event this year. The fire will be tended by the Milk and Honey Farm Ohana along with Uncle Kaliko of the Royal Order of Kamahameha. We bring the sacred fire to our event this year to continue forging the path of union between ceremony and celebration! Incense Ceder from our Sacred Mauna Kea will be gathered and available for all the people to lay down their prayers with the coals of the Fire.

Makahiki Games

Kanu O Ka ʻĀina is a Hawaiian-focused, project-based charter school located in Waimea, South Kohala. 2017 marks the fifth year that Kumu KiTeya Belford-Smith brings a group of student volunteers to the Kohala ʻĀina Festival. This year the students from Kanu will facilitate games of strategy and skill at the Hawaiian Village to celebrate the beginning of the Makahiki season. The games are ʻulu maika, moa pāheʻe, ʻōʻōʻihe, and kōnane. All four games are open to Festival attendees during the afternoon, free of charge.


ʻŌhiʻa Love

ʻŌhiʻa Love

The UH Cooperative Extension and DLNR-Division of Forestry and Wildlife are in collaboration to educate Big Island about Rapid Ohia Death. Ōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha) is Hawaiʻi’s most widespread native forest tree, spanning nearly 1 million acres across the State. Its form and function are vital to watersheds; it provides habitat for many native species, and the spiritual and cultural importance of ‘ōhia in and to Hawaiian culture is beyond compare. In 2014, a new fungal disease was identified as the cause of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD). The pathogen is new to science, and its origin is unknown. Currently ROD is only found on Hawaiʻi Island where it is impacting 37,000 acres of ‘ōhia forest. More information can be found at: www.rapidohiadeath.org

ʻŌhiʻa Love

Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Producers Cooperative

Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Producers Cooperative is made up of 27 small scale, diversified ʻulu farmers and producer-processors from around Hawai‘i Island. We are committed to working together to supply consistent, high quality products and contribute to the revival of breadfruit as key part of our community food system. The Hawai‘i ʻUlu Producers Cooperative is working to revitalize this amazing food as a viable crop and dietary staple - contributing to Hawai‘i's food security as well as broader market demand. We provide food safe, commercial volumes of fresh and frozen ʻulu year round, ensuring you never run out again!More info please visit: http://www.eatbreadfruit.com

Zach Mermel

Zach Mermel "Fungi Focused Permaculture" 4:30-5:30: One part ecologist, one part horticulturist, one part land planner, Zach Mermel’s work and education in ecological design have taken him across the Hawaiian archipelago, the U.S. mainland, and beyond. An interdisciplinary designer, Zach holds a master’s degree in ecological design from the Conway School. Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, Zach is intimately familiar with the different microclimates and multifunctional organisms of our unique island home.

Jen "Bee" Rasmussen

Jen Rasmussen started learning about bees about eight years ago here on the Big Island. After a few months working with bees, several pests & diseases made their way to the Big Island. The learning curve was rough for many bees and their keepers. Several beekeepers lost their bees and struggled to recover. At this time Jen Rasmussen began her journey learning how to care for bees with these new pests & diseases without the use of chemical treatments.

Over the years the bees have grown strong and capable of protecting and sustaining their hives. It may be witnessed at Paradise Nectar Apiaries, even after many losses, the strong bees survive, and create the new hives that will repopulate the apiary. Jen Rasmussen encourages strong hygienic behavior in the hives and teaches how to provide preventative hive management that will keep bees healthy and strong. To learn more about intuitive treatment-free beekeeping visit www.paradisenectar.com.

Opening & Closing Blessing by

Lanakila Mangauil

To practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

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