Eat the Invasives May 13th!

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Hope you can join us! 

Eat the Invasives on
Saturday, May 13!

We expect to sell out, so reservations are required! To save your seats, fill out our reservation form  or call our office at 826.9969

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

Entry posted on 04/17/2017


Kalo Festival Entertainment Posted!

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Mahalo to our awesome entertainers!

11 Welcome followed by
Carlos & Poncho of Na Pali with Violin Rick

12:30 Michael Keale

1:40 Lady Ipo band

2:45 Waipa Serenaders

3:45 Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai

Mahalo also to Emcee Lady Ipo Kahaunaele!

Entry posted on 12/17/2016


Kalo Fest Rescheduled to Sunday December 18!

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We go try one more time!

At the urging of festival supporters, volunteers, partners and others, Waipa staff have decided to reschedule the Kalo Festial to Sunday, December 18th.

We will post a full poster once festival entertainment is confirmed or updated, hopefully in the next few days.

Mahalo for your patient and support!  Hope to see you at festival!

Entry posted on 12/08/2016


Kalo Festival Cancelled

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We are very sad but cancelling Kalo Festival due to public safety concerns since the forecast and radar continue to indicate heavy rain and possible thunder storms.

Mahalo to everyone for their patience and support.

Entry posted on 12/04/2016


Waipa Kalo Festival coming Sunday December 4th

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We hope you and your 'ohana can join us at the Waipa Kalo Festival at Halulu Fishpond on SUNDAY DECEMBER 4th from 11am-5pm.  

It will be a great family day right on beautiful Hanalei Bay... celebrating kalo with a variety of educational and artisan displays, poi pounding, cooking demos, live music, amazing kalo inspired food, a silent auction, rummage sale, 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.

Interested in entering the recipe contest?  Entries are due at festival on 12/4 at 12noon or so.  Call our office to get a copy of the contest rules at 826.9969 or email us at

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!

*Sorry vendors, the festival is full.

Entry posted on 11/21/2016


"Eat The Invasives" Friday Oct. 28th 6pm

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We are excited to announce "Eat the Invasives", the first of a dinner series at Laukupu, our new Community Kitchen & Hale Imu.

Guest chef Michael Madigan of KitchenCru & Bowery Bagels in Portland Oregan, has created a 6-course menu including wine pairings.  Featured ingredients include Lilikoi, Java Plum, Tilapia and Venison, along with other invasive plants and wildlife.  Learn why and when these species were introduced to Hawai'i and how they affect today's ecosystem.

This event is a fundraiser to supoort the work of our foundation -- a living learning center focused on caring for our natural resources, practicing Hawaiian culture & values, and inspiring healthy keiki and community.

Cost is $125 per person.  Seating is limited.

For reservations contact Kalen                                                        @ 808-652-6236 or email

Be the first to experience this new dinner series!

Friday, October 28th 2016 at 6pm

Entry posted on 10/24/2016


Music & Mango Festival Sunday 8/14 11a - 5p

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Join us at the

Waipa Music & Mango Festival

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Enjoy a fun and relaxing day with us at beautiful Halulu Fishpond. Great musical line up including emcee Lady Ipo & Band, Jon Osorio Trio, the Waipa Serenaders and closing act, Shilo Pa & Acoustic Mana!

Local artisans and crafts, lots of great food featuring mangoes, a water slide for keiki and much more.. all right on Hanalei Bay!

Call Stacy at 639.1815 if you would like to help at the festival. We couldn't do it without all our wonderful volunteers, and there are lots of ways to help out!

A hui hou! Hope to see you at Waipa soon!

Entry posted on 08/05/2016


The kitchen is pau and open for business!

Posted by Stacy

Have you heard the good news?  The Waipa poi mill, kitchen and hale imu are complete!  Food entrepreneurs started using the kitchen in March, and applications are still being accepted.  Call our office at 826-9969 for information.

The new facilities are named Laukupu.  In the mo'olelo of 'Aukelenuia'iku, Laukupu was a mythical leaf that fed and caused man to thrive. As you can see in the photos, Waipa’s programs, staff and volunteers have been using the kitchen to experiment with all sorts of products like poi bread, pizza and prepared salads.  Laukupu is also home to Pili Au, our new food and farm tour.  *Pili Au info.

The imu (underground oven) works well and has been used since Laukupu’s blessing celebration last September.  At Thanksgiving, our team and folks from Kaua`i Mini Golf cooked 1,000 lbs of turkey, ulu and `uala for their free community Thanksgiving dinner, and for Waipa ‘ohana. 

Mahalo to your, our community, for all of your support, and mahalo also to our many patient funders and our amazing contractors- Chad Rausch, (General) and HokuSwartman (Septic & Wastewater), for helping make Laukupu a reality.

Entry posted on 03/21/2016


New Facilities Almost Pau

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After a year of construction, the Waipa Poi Mill, Kitchen, and Hale Imu buildings are almost pau! Most of the construction is complete, and we are awaiting the installation of equipment.  We look forward to opening these facilities for community use (and our own programs) in September.

The new facilities (pictured here) offer versatile spaces, fully equipped with commercial grade equipment, including a walk in refrigerator and freezer. The poi mill's kalo and poi processing includes cooking, grinding and bagging equipment with a cook capacity of 16 bags of kalo at a time. The hale imu is an open air space with a concrete and fire brick lined imu that can be covered when not in use so as to enable more space for outdoor gatherings.

We, at Waipa, hope that the availability of these facilities, and the classes, workshops and trainings that will soon be available, inspire entrepreneurs from the community to start, or grow food related businesses. To inquire about use of the facilities, call our office at 826-9969.


Entry posted on 08/19/2015


What's hiding in Waipa's Pu'uhonua?

Posted by Stacy

Ever wondered what’s up with those floating rafts of plants in Waipa'Halulu Fishpond?  Does anyone ever go out there and check on them?   We call those rafts our Waipa “pu`uh?nua” because they provide a place of refuge for baby fish, shrimp and other creatures which might get eaten by predators in the deeper parts of the pond.  Most of the pu`uhonua are planted with native plants and kalo, and two with the invasive Water Hyacinth, which were already in the pond, to create a clean mud-free habitat for creatures, and to see what kind of habitat they prefer.  The plants are planted on top and their roots hang down through the coconut fiber mat providing habitat both above and below the water.

In April, Dr. Carl Berg and Wiley Barker, along with a few volunteer helpers, had some pu`uhonua hukilau to count, weigh, and measure the fish, shrimp, snails and tadpoles on the rafts.  Carl and Wiley waded out into the stinky muck of the pond and put a seine net under each raft to capture whatever creatures were in, on, and around it.  Then, they hauled the raft onto the bank and took photos of the top and bottom of the raft before shaking the creatures off onto a tarp.  Helpers gathered up o`opu, opae, tadpoles and the odd frog, hapawai or `aholehole, and put them into containers of water before helping Wiley and Carl to measure, weigh, count and throw them back into the pond...except in the case of the tadpoles, since they are invasive. 

The highest count of one species was over 300 tadpoles counted on just one raft.  “The number and size of each species varies by season” says Carl, a biologist, “as well as who else is on the raft”.  “Just one big o`opu or bullfrog means there will be a lot less opae”.  The pu`uhonua project was Carl's idea, after creating the rafts for another purpose-to remove excess nutrients flowing from taro fields into Hanalei Bay.  Waipa's pu'uhonua are funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Fish Habitat Restoration Project. 

Project assistant Wiley Barker is a senior at Kapa`a High School and joined the project about a year and a half ago after visiting Waip? with Kamehameha Schools Scholars Program.  She is doing her senior project on the pu`uhonua.   

If you love slimy creatures or recording data, volunteer helpers are welcome on the following dates at 2pm at Halulu Fishpond. 

Friday 5/22

Friday 6/26

Friday 7/24

Call our office, 826.9969 for more info!

Entry posted on 05/14/2015


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