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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

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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

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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 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!

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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


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 waipaonline@gmail.com.

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 waipaonline@gmail.com

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


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


Make it a local tree this year!

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Waipa's 4th annual Pond's Pines Fundraiser is happening on December 13-14! Buy a local Christmas tree this year and enjoy knowing your purchase will help Waipa continue to serve community keiki and `ohana. To reserve a tree, you can call Stacy at 639-1815.

Mahalo to Susie Pond for donating all proceeds for Waipa tree orders again this year! 


Entry posted on 12/02/2014


Kalo Festival on Sunday, 12/7!

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The Waipa Foundation invites you to our 5th annual Kalo Festival on Sunday, December 7th from 11 am to 5 pm.  

Join us at beautiful Halulu Fishpond as we celebrate kalo with educational displays...hands on guidance from master kalo farmer and varieties expert  Uncle Jerry Konanui... a biggest kalo contest...   poi pounding... and delicious foods inspired by kalo too! 

We just got the word that Kamakakehau Fernandez (left) will join us on stage this year, as well as Walt Keale,  Lady Ipo (who will also emcee), Halau Palaihiwa O Kaipuwai, Kirk Smart and Michelle Edwards.  We hope to confirm even more home grown musicians soon!

There will be a WATERSLIDE,  and other keiki activities, makahiki games, a recipe contest, hands-on craftsmaking and did we mention it's right on Hanalei Bay?  

Want even more?  Enjoy holiday shopping at our silent auction and with local artisans who are joining in the fun too! Uncle John Kaohelaulii will even be on hand with his konane boards, ready for action!

Taro Farmers and Growers: click for the  Queen's Challenge Kalo Contest!

A hui hou!  Hope to see you at Waipa on Sunday 12/7!

This event is a fundraiser and a special opportunity to enjoy community, food, and fun in the ahupua'a.  Admission $5 for adults and $1 for keiki (ages 3-18). 


Entry posted on 11/11/2014


Hawaii Ocean Film Festival at Waipa on 7/26!

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Join us at sunset on Saturday, July 26, to watch a selection of original productions under the stars and on the big screen at Waipa.  The festival will begin with a short film tribute by Brady Cushway to Kauai’s beloved ocean advocates Kathy and Bobo Ham Young, mother and son, who both passed this last year.

Other works to be shared are noted below.  For a more complete description of the works, please visit the festival's facebook page

A Surfrider trilogy:  Rise Above Plastics, Pick Up Your Butts, and Surfrider Net Pickup on the efforts of the Kauai chapter.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math ) about Surfrider’s partnership with Kauai Community College,

Lightning Strikes Twice: NOAA’s discovery of the wreck of the whaleship “Two Brothers,” which sank in the remote northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Spirit Of Aloha is a heart warming music video featuring a montage of clips inspired by the spirit of families involved in outrigger events.

Waverider by Gareth Davies is the story of a Fijian surfer the world had never heard of who won a wildcard entry into Volcom Fiji Pro, a World Championship.

Sea Fever  is a haunting cinematic poem with music by Massive attack and surfing the cold dark slabs in the UK and Ireland.

Fish - I Africa The Indian Ocean is the second-largest tuna fishery in the world after the Pacific. The mostly foreign-flagged industrial tuna fleet nets yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack worth up to $US 2 billion annually. 1 in 4 fish that enter the market globally are illegal, unreported, unregulated by large industrial pirates.  Seven Southeast African countries along the Western Indian Ocean, created an alliance that uses advanced tools and techniques to track vessels and stop illegal catch.

Entry posted on 07/22/2014


Ahhh... Summertime

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Summertime at Waipa means lots of keiki exploring, learning and helping all around the ahupua'a.  In fact, our program's name, Ma Uka a i Kai, means from the mountain areas to the ocean.  Through various activities, our kumu try to help keiki better understand how all those areas are connected to each other, and to us!

On a beautiful June day, some of the keiki worked with their kumu, Anake Chelsey, to pull out 324 invasive water hyacinths from Waipa’s Halulu Fishpond which they then took to the mala‘ai (garden).

“We learned to malama 'aina by taking the water hyacinths out of the loko i‘a (fishpond) then using them to help fertilize a garden that provides us with food.”

  ~Anake Chelsey

Entry posted on 06/27/2014


Spring Arrives in the Ahupua'a

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Rainy season seemed to be especially rainy this year, with the cloud cover remaining almost constant over Waipa through January and February.  But seemingly over night, blue skies have returned and the colors of the ahupua'a seem especially vibrant!

Entry posted on 03/14/2014


Organic Farming with Amigo Cantisano Mar. 4th!

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Join us on Tuesday, March 4th for an information packed day focused on improving production of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers and herbs on Kauai. 

Amigo Bob Cantisano will host an Organic Farming Seminar at Waipa featuring low cost ways to improve productivity.  The seminar is all day (8:30 - 4:30) and the fee is $60.

Attendees will learn numerous practical techniques and receive concise handouts highlighting low cost, proven techniques to increase productivity & quality, while minimizing the purchase of inputs.
Amigo has 40 years of multiple crop organic farming and has advised over 450 growers in the Western US, Hawaii, tropical Central and South America, and worldwide on a huge array of crops and farm sizes. His specialty is low cost, on-farm systems to maximize productivity, quality and profitability. Founder of Organic Ag Advisors, the Eco Farm Conference, Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, 3 farms, and is a cofounder of CCOF, UCSAREP, Ecological Farming Association and more.
He will discuss techniques for maximizing soil and plant fertility, increasing microbial and humus biomass, utilizing soil and leaf analysis, optimizing nitrogen, cover and inter cropping, composting, compost tea, foliar feeding and fertigation, pest management, on farm monitoring for microbial biology, nutrition and pests, and on farm production of fertility and pest management materials.

Limited seating is likely to fill up.  Register now to save your seat!  The seminar is all day, from 8:30 to 4:30 and the fee is $60.  Those interested in participating or who have questions may contact Amigo at orgamigo@gmail.com or 530-913-5515.

Entry posted on 02/26/2014


Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

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Resolved to eat healthier in 2013?  Come get your greens and other local produce at the Waipa Farmer Market- every Tuesday afternoon!

Entry posted on 12/25/2012


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