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Nanawale Agroforestry Project

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Project Description

Ho`oulu Lāhui has the mission of awakening Hawaiian culture, values, beliefs and lifestyle in partnership with the community to achieve lokahi (unity, harmony & total well-being). This project is situated on a 10 acre parcel in Nanawale, which was donated by Malama O Puna after the Kilauea eruption to support the project based needs of Ho`oulu Lāhui and Kua O Ka Lā Charter School that were consumed by the 2018 Kilauea eruption. Local non-profit Malama O Puna donated 10 acres of raw land in Nanawale (see county records and valued at $52,900.00) to Ho`oulu Lahui (the 501c3 that supports the charter school) to support the project-based needs of the school and the community, with a vision of supporting an agriculture-focused resilience hub in addressing food security, including production and distribution of food, native plants, farm-to-table, cultural, place- and project based activities.

Project Update

At the time of this 50% progress report, work is well underway towards achieving the goals and deliverables that were initially set. Site Analysis by Metaamo Studio and Ike Honua has been completed, with a small portion of the imagery here for reference. Site Analysis included drone photography to document the number and location of Ohia and Albizia trees, research into hazards related to historic lava flows and culturally significant forces and factors, as well as mapping and masterplanning. An initial site design has been worked up that will be used as a prompt in subsequent interviews to gain insights and new ideas, and provide a strategic foundation for future site uses. The first round of stakeholder interviews has been completed, as well as an initial list of structured questions and topical themes, and documentation of those has been started. Second round interviews are beginning and will be followed by documentation and collation into a cohesive whole.

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