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Pre-Festival Workshops


Nov. 1 (Wednesday):

Natural Building with Hualalai

9:00AM - 12:00PM 

1:00PM - 4:00PM


Nov. 2-3 (Thurs & Fri)

Bamboo Building with Bobby Grimes

9:00AM - 12:00PM 

1:00PM - 4:00PM


Nov. 3 (Friday)

Permablitz with Paul Izak & Craig Capomaggi

2:00PM - 6:00PM 

Campfire jam 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Located at Our Halawa Farm

Meet at HIP's Halawa Farm for all 3 workshops. RSVPs required. To RSVP please email, or call Lauren at 808-333-8664; once you have RSVP you will receive confirmation, directions, what to bring, and day of contact information.

Workshop Presenters


Born in Moloka'i, raised on the island of Hawai'i, Hualalai Keaweoluna Keohuloa has dedicated his musical passion from his mother, Lynda Bertelmann, to bring universal awareness to our communities. His uncles sailed upon Hokule'a’s maiden voyage to Tahiti. Building the voyaging canoe, Makali‘i, his Ohana continues to preserve the Hawaiian culture through the wa'a (canoe). Combining his music, his culture along with his 5 Keiki and Mana Wahine, Alohilani, Hualalai has found ways to protect, preserve and share our Hawaiian culture. Recently arrested for the protection of our Sacred Maunawakea, Hualalai humbly continues his quest as a Kia'i or guardian for all that he holds sacred. From his music to building canoes for the community, to standing Pa'a against negative impacts to our ʻAina and people, Hualalai has come to share his gifts with the community at large.


Bobby Grimes is the Director of Development and Operations for Hawai'i Agriculture, Energy and Earth Products and serves as President of Haina Mill Earth Products. He worked as an automotive engineer with General Motors in his hometown of Detroit and left traditional engineering to pursue his interests to improve the world through non-traditional paths. Relocating to Hawaii, Bobby has become expert in areas of agriculture and soils and built a consulting practice focused on sustainability in Hawaii, has converted his finish carpentry skills to becoming renowned for his work with bamboo as a building product and has been passionate for most of the past decade about the re-development and re-birth of the old Hamakua Sugar Mill property that is the centerpiece of this project. A vocal participant in all that he does, Mr. Grimes was an executive board member of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association. Mr. Grimes is a resident of Hawaii, with his home and farm close to the Haina Mill Property in Honaka'a, Bobby has become involved with the life-long residents and organizations that support the drive to bring jobs, income, productivity and a better life to the island."

Paul Izak

Paul was born and raised on the Island of Oahu. Here in the islands, he was able to explore a healthy conscious lifestyle, which led him to find his passion for yoga, gardening and music. When installing a backyard garden in a health and wellness center in 2008, Paul came up with the idea of combining what he loves and sharing it with the community. It took two years of vision questing with friends like Kelly Stern and Crystal Smith who became co-creators in their organization, Yogarden. Yogarden Farm is located in the back roads of Waimanalo, HI and uses regenerative farming practices to rebuild the 'åina from which the food is grown. Their products are grown without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals. Paul has been working on urban backyard gardening and organic farming for a decade. You can visit his website or

Craig Capomaggi

Craig migrated to North Kohala from New Jersey in 2011 and began working with Aikane Nursery. There he began to learn native plants and tropical fruit trees, shifting onward to irrigation and landscape design and installation. He managed the Aikane Landscape crew from 2015-2017 and has been an effective team member on Native Reforestation and Wildland Firefighting crews. He has recently shifted his focus to form Next Level Planting LLC, a Kohala based permaculture design business that works closely with landowners who want to create food forest systems and begin to deepen their relationship to the land they live on. He has a BA in English from William Paterson University and will soon be publishing his first collection of poetry. He hikes constantly to receive inspiration for his writing and design work through ongoing observation and conversation with the great forests of the world.

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