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The historic bridges around Waipa are undergoing major repairs and replacement to reinforce them so that heavy equipment needed to repair the damage to the highway in Wainiha can pass.  The result is significant construction traffic, and increasing the challenge of getting to Waipa for staff and volunteers. 

Since the April floods the access to Waipa has been limited to local traffic only, causing the closure of the Tuesday farmers market, our food tours and farm dinner.  Programming for summer, schools and visiting groups has continued on a limited basis, and is expected to be limited even more due to the bridge construction, over the next 3-6 months. 

Waipa's team has has been able to continue Thursday Poi Day, every week without any shut down due to the flood, and plans to focus on keeping it going.  Farmers need to sell their kalo, people need to eat, and we are still welcoming volunteers! 

The gardens at Waipa continue to thrive, and since the shut down of the Tuesday Farmers Market, produce grown at Waipa is available in a fridge in the poi garage, to who all who can get there, and payment is by honor system...just take what you want and leave your payment in the lockbox.

In September, Waipa Foundation’s board of directors authorized a general funds campaign of $150,000 to recover revenue and keep Waipa operational, of which $20,000 has already been raised.  If you are feeling abundant, now is a good time to give generously to help Waipa survive during this time of reduced activity, and emerge in 6 months ready to rock and roll. 

Nui ka mahalo!!

Entry posted on 11/27/2018


MAKANA Waipa: Eat the Invasives 2018 a huge success!

Posted by Waipa 'Ohana

MAKANA Waipa:  Eat the Invasives 2018 presented by Kona Brewing Co. was a joyful SOLD OUT community celebration with ‘ono food, drink and aloha.  A success for the Waipa Foundation, the event gathered over 300 attendees, raised over $20,000 and included more than 15 invasive species used in the food and decorations.  The Waipa team and ‘ohana are deeply grateful for all those who so generously supported this event with their time, energy, creativity and funds. From chefs and their teams to volunteers, those who donated product and silent auction items to farmers and food entrepreneurs, musicians, practioners and gatherers, decorators and coordinators to KCC Culinary Arts, and of course to Kona Brewing Company without which this event would not even exist...

Mahalo a nui loa and we look forward to next year!!

Entry posted on 10/10/2018


Makana Waipa : Eat the Invasives

Posted by Waipa

MAKANA WAIPA : EAT THE INVASIVES is back for our 2nd annual fundraising event in partnership with Kona Brewing Company.

This unique culinary experience will feature chefs and cultural practitioners sourcing and utilizing ingredients from Waipa and our surrounding aina to create one of a kind dishes. And showcasing awesome local entertainment!

Tickets available NOW, reserve your seat today!

#EatTheInvasives #MalamaWaipa #MakanaWaipa #EatLocalKauai


September 29, 2018

@ Waipa Foundation Lawn

5PM: $125 VIP Entry

6PM: $75 General Admission

For Sponsorship opportunities, contact waipaonline@gmail.com or 808.639.1815

For ticket purchases and more event info visit our page at MakanaWaipa2018.EventBrite.com


Featured Chefs:

Chef Mark Oyama of Mark's Place

Chef Mark "Gooch" Noguchi of Pili Group

Chef Jason Sessions of Westin Princeville Resort

Chef Michael Young of RumFire Po’ipu

Chef Jessica Lindman & Waipa Keiki


Featured Entertainment:

Lady Ipo

Na Pali

Holoholo Serenaders

The Mike Latif Trio

Entry posted on 09/04/2018


North Shore Relief Efforts

Posted by Waipa


MAHALO for your calls, texts, emails, and inquires about our and Waipa's wellbeing!  We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and well too!  Waipa has a small amount of structural damage and a fair amount of 'aina damage, but minimal in comparison with surrounding areas and families who have lost their homes, cars, and so much more.
In light of our overall community needs, we will not be holding our usual monthly Community Workday.  Instead, if you are interested in providing assistance, we encourage you to connect and help with the larger North Shore community and visit the Hanalei Courthouse, which is serving as a hub where volunteers and outreach assistance is needed.
Volunteers are welcome to arrive as early as 9:00 AM.  For further questions, please call Kirstie at 808-651-1400.
We appreciate your kokua!

Entry posted on 04/26/2018


Waipa 'opio paint with Patrick Ching

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A special MAHALO to artist PATRICK CHING for holding an inspirational painting class with our middle school 'opio last week Friday.  These young ladies did a fine job soaking up skills from this master.  We are excited to see what they will create next!

Entry posted on 04/03/2018


Community Workday 3/24

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Its time for another Community Workday! This month we will be planting and maintaining our lo'i kalo. We are so blessed to have this resource and would love your help in keeping it a beautiful and thriving system.

On Saturday, March 24th we will be working in the lo'i from 9:00 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch on us!  (Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone). We will meet at the Waipa poi garage a little before 9:00 and we will all walk to the lo'i together.  
Please bring tabis, a water bottle, sun protection, rain gear, a towel, a change of clothes, and your aloha. Also, we would love folks to bring out weed whackers and hedge trimmers to help us get the job done faster. But no worries if not -- there is plenty to do with your hands.

It's a great day to bring out your friends, neighbors, and the whole family! 

Entry posted on 03/21/2018


Workday Feb 24th!

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Please join us as we malama our stream restoration site on 2/24 from 9am to 12n.  We will walk to the site to work together before returning to the poi garage for a delicious lunch on us!  Please RSVP to waipaonline@gmail.com so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone.  

Mahalo and hope to see you at Waipa soon!

Entry posted on 02/16/2018


MAKANA Waipa Eat the Invasive Dinner an 'ono success!

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Mahalo to all who were able to join us for a very 'ono Eat the Invasive Dinner!

Mahalo a nui loa to KONA BREWING COMPANY for sponsoring the event and for all the support given to Waipa Foundation! The food was so 'ono thanks to our guests chefs, KCC culinary staff & students, gatherers & practitioners. Mahalo to all the sponsors, musicians, volunteers, decorators and Waipa 'Ohana who made this special night happen!



a hui hou! hope to see you at Waipa soon!

Entry posted on 10/19/2017


Makana Waipa Saturday, September 30th!

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Mahalo to all who were able to join us on August 13th for our Music & Mango Festival!

Our next event will be Makana Waipa, an evening fundraiser that will feature 5 chefs from Kauai and Oahu, a bounty of Waipa grown produce, and way too many invasives on Saturday, September 30th!

Click here for more info & tickets

Questions? Call us! 826.9969.

a hui hou! hope to see you at Waipa soon!

Entry posted on 08/16/2017


Music & Mango Festival Sunday, Aug. 13th!

Posted by Waipa

We hope you and your 'ohana can join us at the Music and Mango Festival at Halulu Fishpond on Sunday, August 13th from 11am-5pm. It will be a great family day right on beautiful Hanalei Bay... celebrating the summer's mango harvest with a variety of educational and artisan displays, recipe contest, cooking demo, live music, amazing food, more.

For the keiki, we will have a huuuuge waterslide as well as other fun stuff...Parents, did you know that if you volunteer, not only do you and your helpers get in free, but we also give you festival kala? To help out for a 2-3 hour shift, call Stacy at 639.1815.

Those interested in having a booth at the festival or in entering our biggest mango contest or receipt contest can call Kalen at 652.6236.  We will post the musical line up and a full list of activities in the days just before the festival, so check back here or on facebook/instagram!

Mahalo and hope to see you there!

Entry posted on 07/15/2017


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