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:

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:


Zach Mermel

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. Learn more about his work by watching this video and about his regenerative land work at


Jen "Bee" Rasmussen

Jen Rasmussen started learning about bees about nine 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.

John Lair has been a bee guardian at Paradise Nectar Apiaries since August 2015.  John started learning about beekeeping with Jen Rasmussen, owner of Paradise Nectar Apiaries.  During the apprenticeship John learned how to care for bees without the use of chemicals or treatments as well as how to build top bar hives and manage them.

Over time John and Jen's work experiences and love for bees blossomed into a family homestead and the co-creation of Paradise Nectar Apiaries new forever home.

John is currently expanding and managing Paradise Nectar Apiaries hive building department.  He offers custom hives at an affordable price and educational workshops to teach others how to build them.  As well as nuc boxes and swarm bait hives.  

For more information about top bar hives and treatment-free beekeeping visit



HAWAII TROPICAL FRUIT GROWERS (HTFG) is a nonprofit organization,incorporated in 1989, with the primary purpose of promoting the interests of any and all aspects of tropical fruit in the State of Hawaii.We are dedicated to the Hawaii-grown tropical fruit community through promotion, research, education and collaboration.HTFG is dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion. More info at:


One Island Sustainable Living

One Island is a program of Heritage Ranch, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit founded in 2004 in California as a rural education and economic development organization and that launched with a Hawaii-California collaborative education program. One Island was established in 2008 as a community service program and flagship sustainability educational demonstration facility in South Kona on the Island of Hawaii and is now working in three states.

As the work has progressed, the organization’s mission zeroed-in with a focus on social change initiatives that encourage adoption of sustainable living values, behaviors, practices and tools that foster a wiser use of natural and human resources. As a small non-governmental organization, we’ve built a practice of community engagement, generous redistribution of grant funding and resources, and highly value stakeholder support to help our small group of devoted individuals to accomplish big things in the communities we serve. More info:


The Hawaiʻi Public Seed Initiative

The Hawaiʻi Public Seed Initiative aims to improve, increase, and promote biodiversity of crops across the state. By working with local communities, farmers, and gardeners, the Initiative aims to grow, harvest, store, and improve the very best seeds that thrive in Hawaiʻi.

In an effort to improve, increase, and promote biodiversity, the Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative works with communities, farmers, and gardeners statewide to select, grow, harvest, store, and improve seed varieties that thrive in Hawai‘i.

With more than 90% of the fruit and vegetable varieties offered by seed companies in the United States in 1900 no longer available today, open-pollinated seed and genetic diversity are being lost at a rapid rate. The Initiative supports education, research and community projects related to promoting and increasing seed diversity and improving food security throughout the islands. More info:


Beyond Organics

Dr. Jana Bogs has had a passion for optimizing health since she was young. Jana is a nutritionist turned horticulturist with the aim of growing the best quality food possible…the most nutritious and the best-tasting. She started her career in the field of nutrition, however after working in this field for several years, she realized that food nutritional quality was not what it could or should be, or what it once was. We needed to go back to the soil, fix its problems, and grow better quality foods, thus “creating health from the soil up”. To accomplish these goals, she went back to school and graduated with a PhD in horticulture and food science. Dr. Bogs also studied extensively outside of universities to learn cutting edge techniques from the organic agricultural industry.

As a researcher and consultant, she is on the cutting edge of maximizing nutritional quality in foods from the soil up using environmentally-friendly, sustainable methods which minimize pest and disease problems naturally. Dr. Bogs works with farmers and gardeners nationwide to take nutrition to the next level for improving health and longevity by moving beyond “simply organic” to “Nutrition Grown™”. Dr. Bogs has written a book summarizing her work titled Beyond Organic… Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor. The well illustrated, full-color book is available in a printed version as well as an e-book, which has hit #1 in two categories on Dr. Bogs also teaches an online, interactive Perfect Soil course which includes soil and plant tissue analyses. Learn more on her website at

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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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