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Regenerative Practices & Principles

Regenerative Practices & Principles

The festival has been rooted in sustainability and regenerative principles from its initiation. It serves as a model for large gatherings with high social impact and low environmental impact.


‘Āina Fest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! The festival has been rooted in sustainability and regenerative principles from its initiation. It serves as a model for large gatherings with high social impact and low environmental impact. From year one, the festival has walked the talk of its message, serving as a platform to offer agricultural and cultural education with positive musical medicine to promote more of our residents to grow and eat healthy local crops. 

Sustainable and regenerative components of the festival include only inviting food and drink vendors who offer locally grown and healthy food options, water bottle filling stations, and feeding volunteers, performing artists, educators and attendees through food cooked in an underground imu from the abundance of HIP Agriculture’s farm. ‘Āina Fest limits waste and increases biomass by requiring food and drink vendors to use compostable plate ware, cups and utensils, providing a tri-bin waste stations with compostables, recyclables, and trash that have attendant volunteers at each waste station to ensure people are properly disposing of waste. 


For the tenth anniversary ‘Āina Fest is continuing the legacy of the past nine years, offering all of the sustainable elements mentioned above, and is growing it with three exciting new regenerative initiatives. 

  1. A major fruit tree planting on site during the festival with trees donated from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Festival attendees will be guided on proper planting techniques to put food in the ground at the Kohala Village HUB, supporting their initiative to feed our local schools and larger community.
  2. All compostable materials from this year’s festival will go to the HIP Agriculture gardens that will feed volunteers, musicians, and attendees next year for the 11th annual festival and HIP imu plate. 
  3. A new partnership with Center for Getting Things Started (C4GTS) and their Ground Zero Initiative. More information below.

This year, we are excited to be partnering with Center for Getting Things Started (C4GTS) and to continue to create a sustainable culture at our festival through regenerative action. C4GTS was founded in 2018 and is a nonprofit community organization focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Their main work is through their Ground Zero Initiative in which they partner with festivals and venues to co-create regenerative economy and culture through customized plans called “Pathways to Zero.” These plans guide and empower festival communities to reduce their climate and ecological impacts to net zero. As a part of our Pathway to Zero, C4GTS will be staffing zero waste stations throughout the festival, gathering data, and sharing educational information on dealing with waste on our island. 

The Ground Zero Initiative takes us beyond zero waste and deepens our commitment to creating a regenerative economy. This year ‘Āina Fest will be taking steps to offset the carbon impact of our event through Ground Zero Initiative’s exciting newly formed partnership with Carbon Buddy. Carbon Buddy is an app that is a simple tool to help measure emissions, understand your role, act to offset and reduce your emissions, and lead by example to inspire others to do the same! 

Please come visit Carbon Buddy and the Ground Zero Initiative team at their tent this year to learn about how you can be an active part in our regenerative economy.


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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