December 5th, 2015 3-9pm
The Kohala 'Āina Festival is a celebration of local harvest, small farmers and the growing movement for island-wide food security. This year's festival will feature the returning musical talent of world-renowned Nahko and Medicine for the People. They will be joined by a line-up of outstanding island-based musicians including Mike Love, Chris Berry, Tubby Love, Hāwane Rios and other special guests.. We are planning a very special day of celebration filled with Hula dancing, African drumming, educational workshops and an abundance of organically grown, farm-fresh food & drinks!
Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Family-friendly, drug and alcohol free event.
The Kohala 'Āina Festival is an annual fundraiser to support the Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture, a non-profit organization. 100% of proceeds raised support residential farmer trainings and youth education programs in North Kohala, Hawai'i. Donations are tax-deductible.
The Kohala 'Aina Festival marks the beginning of the makahiki season with a celebration of local harvest, young farmers, and the growing movement for island-wide food sovereignty. This year's festival features a line up of international and local musicians, educational workshops, a 100% locally grown Hawaiian style feast, and family friendly keiki activities.
Live musical entertainment from Nahko, a nationally renowned folk/rock singer with Hawai'i Island roots, and Hawai'i's own Ooklah The Moc. Other performers include Cas Hayley, Tubby Love, Kaahele and the Isness, DJ Conscious Riddims and other special guests. There will also be hula from Halau Kukui Aloha o Kohala, African Drum and Dance and a Keiki Tent with fun, interactive activities for all ages.
This year's educational workshops are centered around a Permaculture Convergence featuring rotating workshops by island-wide experts in Soil Fertility, Beekeeping, Seed Saving, Community Design, Plant Medicine and Hawai'ian Culture. Attendees can participate in workshops and visit informational tents throughout the day to learn about and discuss critical issues facing today's small farmers. This year, HIP Agriculture will be introducing the first annual Young Farmers Forum, an event bringing together island youth and working farmers to explore sustainable agriculture as an economically viable career path.
This year HIP Agriculture will feed 1,000 people with a 100% locally sourced menu. This traditional Hawaiian feast will feature the talents of several well-known island guest chefs including Casey Halpern, Executive Chef at Cafe Pesto, Allen Hess, Chef de Cuisine at the Mauna Lani Canoe House and Executive Chef Donna Maltz. Fresh coconuts, juices and snacks will be available at the Niu Lani Juice Bar.
The Kohala 'Aina Festival is the annual fundraiser for the Hawai'i Institute of Pacific Agriculture. 100% of proceeds raised support youth education programs, residential farmer trainings and community education projects island-wide.
Tickets are $20 advance ($25 week of event and at door)
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July Workshop Series
Half day workshops: $20 plus optional $10 organic lunch
Beekeeping 101: $75
Home Dairy and Cheese Making: $100
Join HIP Ag for a very exciting month on the farm.
We are holding several workshops throughout the month of July open to all community members. Our Milk & Honey workshops take place the first two Saturdays of the month (July 6 & July 13). Both of these workshops are from 10am-4pm. The first is Beekeeping 101. The basics of keeping your own bees, equipment needed to set up, and how to handle bee’s will all be covered. It is an excellent workshop if you have thought about having your own hive or are just interested in bee’s! Beekeeping 101 costs $75. Home Dairy, Ferments and Cheese Making is the second of the series. This workshop will go over what is needed for setting up a home dairy, the benefits of fresh raw milk, how to make yogurt and other dairy probiotic ferments, as well as making fresh cheese! Students will participate in each step and even take home some of the end product. This workshop costs $100 and is sure to be a fun, hands-on learning experience for any one interested in making their own dairy products!
Our other workshops will cover various principles and topics of permaculture. Ranging from an intro to permaculture to more advanced topics such as mycology and establishing food forests. These workshops are a half day each, either 9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm. Each workshop is $20 and you have the option of staying after or coming early to join us in a locally grown, organic lunch for only $10! Workshops will be a mix of hands on projects as well as some lecture component. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about permaculture and to become inspired to start a garden of your own!
All workshops take place at HIP Ag’s Halawa campus located on Pratt road, with the exception of the Polyculture, Planting, and Design class which will be at ‘Iole.
HIP Agriculture and Camp Mana!
We have had the divine pleasure of working with Vanessa Stone and the Amala Foundation in their annual children’s camp here in North Kohala. Below is a tribute to the camp provided by Amala. We would love to see even more local youth next year so mark your calendars! Mahalo to the children, parents, volunteers and all the local businesses for the wonderful opportunity to serve.
Aloha and Mahalo to our Camp Mana ‘Ohana and our beautiful Island Community!Click anywhere on the image to VIEW THE CAMP MANA 2012 SLIDESHOW! Thank you to all the children, parents, volunteers and donors who made this year’s Camp Mana a loving success. See you next year for the 8th Annual Camp Mana in North Kohala! ALOHA NUI!
January 12- February 12 2012
Natural Building with Artist, Builder and Designer Scott Howard of Earthen Hand
Scott Howard is an artist, builder, and designer who has done natural building projects all over the world. With his work he seeks to create sacred spaces that inspire reverence for nature. By using earthen and reclaimed materials, he creates pieces with very low embodied energy. Scott founded Earthen Hand Natural Building in 2002 with the goals to create amazing earthen structures and empower people by training them in natural building practices.
Guided by Scott Howard workshop participants learned to use a free, abundant resource – rocks! We gained useful dry-stack rock work skills for home andgarden and built a rock staircase from the house down to the stage!
Cob Oven Construction Reduce fossil fuel bills and cook great food when you learn to build a cob oven. Yes, it can be done in Hawai’i! In this two day workshop participants explored benefits and challenges of cob, established a basic recipe, and created a beautiful, functioning cob oven. Check out our blog for more pictures.
Village Education and Celebration – Saturday, January 14 Community gathered for an afternoon of engaging presentations and an evening of music and fun! Evening events included medicinal food and herbology presentation with Ethnobotanist Dennis Sharmahd, Natural building presentation with artist/builder/designer Scott Howard, and live music by local musicians.
Tropical Botany and Culinary Arts with Edible Landscaper, Herbalist, Mycologist and Master Chef Dennis Sharmahd
Edible Landscaper, Herbalist, Mycologist, and Ethnobotanist, Dennis has been teaching about wild edible & medicinal plants for almost 30 years. Dennis has led botanical tours in Central and South America and is a highly regarded resource for tropical fruits and plants.
Dennis shared his expertise on the subjects of tropical botany, raw chocolate and tropical food preparation.
Thursday Jan. 19 Explore the Botany of Hawaiian Fruit Crops
In this exciting presentationparticipants learned identification, uses, and cultural history of many of the special plants growing right in our back yards.
Participants enjoyed a cooking demonstration and hands-on food preparations with a master chef who has created marvelous and alchemical foods for healing as well as mood and vitality enhancement. We learned to make delicious the most delicious chocolate as well as Patra, an Indian dish using the leaves of the Taro.
Second Annual Kohala ‘Aina Festival
In Partnership with North Kohala Eat Locally Grown and Medicine for the People on Friday, November 18, 2011.
Mahalo to everyone who came out and shared in the celebration! Big thanks to lead builders Sebastian Collette, Alex Mealy, and Jeanna Dickerson, workshop leaders Donna Maltz, Dilon Trumpy, and the HIP Ag fall graduates.
The North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign builds community, connects culture, and supports healthy, local food. North Kohala Eat Locally Grown creates community awareness and increases the availability of locally grown foods helping North Kohala reach the community goal of 50% food self sufficiency by 2018.
Learn more at Food Hub Kohala
Explore the dynamic, engaging, musical medicine of the spirited thump-hop storytelling, Medicine for the People
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Architect, bamboo builder, and village designer Sebastian Collet of City Repair led an informative workshop on the basics of using bamboo for building. Participants learned how to harvest, treat, and work with bamboo, becoming familiar with common lashing methods and simple structural design techniques. Saturday, November 19, 2011