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


Community Workday 3/24

Posted by Waipa

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!

Posted by Waipa

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 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!

Posted by Waipa

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


Eat the Invasives May 13th!

Posted by Waipa

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!

Posted by Waipa

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!

Posted by Waipa

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

Posted by Waipa

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

Posted by Waipa

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

Posted by Waipa

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

Posted by Waipa

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


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!

Posted by Waipa

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!

Posted by Waipa

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


Organic Farming with Amigo Cantisano Mar. 4th!

Posted by Waipa

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 or 530-913-5515.

Entry posted on 02/26/2014


Brother David Steindl-Rast visits Waipa on Mar. 1st

Posted by Johanna

Featured at TED GLOBAL 2013, Brother David Steindl-Rast will visit Waipa on Saturday, March 1st 2-4 pm.

We hope you'll join us! The event will also feature locally grown pupu's and beautiful mele offered by the Waipa Serenaders.

Find out more about Brother David at his TED talk or at

Seating may be limited, so we recommend advance purchase. Tickets are $10. Call Waipa at 826.9969.

Entry posted on 02/11/2014


Construction completed on Multipurpose Building!

Posted by Johanna

A few weeks ago, Waipa Foundation came together with kupuna (elders) and haumana (students), representatives of Kamehameha Schools, the County of Kaua'i and others to celebrate the completion of a new community asset, the Waipa Multipurpose Building.  

Constructed by Kamehameha Schools for use by Waipa Foundation and the communities we serve, the building will be used for meetings and gatherings, for learning opportunities and for other activities that occur within the ahupua'a of Waipa.

Blessing our new Multipurpose Building provided an opportunity for us all to look back as well as look forward, and for that we are grateful.

Speaking during the ceremony, founding kupuna uncle David Sproat and uncle Sam Mahuiki (Waipa board president) reflected on Waipa's beginnings and growth.  Framed acknowledgements of the importance of our community's efforts were presented by County of Kaua'i Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Representative Derek Kawakami.  We look forward to sharing those kind words on the walls of the new building very soon.

Haumana from Kanuikapono and Akamai Learning offered beautiful oli (chants) as part of the blessing ceremony which was led by Kahu Mokihana Powers.  Sharing their reflections about Waipa's work and the potential paths ahead, Neil Hannahs (Kamehameha Schools) and uncle Charlie Spencer (kupuna) reminded the haumana that their efforts would also be required in the years to come.

The community has been gathering at Waipa for over 30 years, and for the last 20 years, the Waipa Foundation has been working to implement the community's vision for the ahupua'a.  While there is still much to do, Executive Director Stacy Sproat-Beck expressed gratitude that so many hands are working toward a thriving Waipa ahupua'a where folks are connected with the 'aina, and with each other.  

The Multipurpose Building is the first building of the Waipa Community Complex which will eventually include a certified community kitchen and poi mill, a hale imu and an administration building.  We are currently wrapping up a capital campaign and expect the kitchen and poi mill will be available for community use in about a year.  To find out more about how these new facilities will also support farmers and north shore youth, visit our local food page.

The multipurpose building is now available for use by the communities we serve for meetings, classes and other opportunities that bring folks together.  Those interested in finding out more about fees and availability can call Waipa’s office at 826.9969 or email us at

Pictured, L-R:  Sam Mahuiki, Neil Hannahs, David & Linda Sproat, Kahu Mokihana Powers, Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Stacy Sproat-Beck,  Representative Derek Kawakami, and George Costa.

Entry posted on 10/17/2013


Waipa Christmas Tree Sale!

Posted by Stacy

Buy a local Christmas tree this year and enjoy knowing your purchase will help Waipa continue to serve the keiki and `ohana in our communities!  We are so grateful to share that like last year, Susie Pond has chosen to donate all proceeds from sales of her Kilauea farm’s Christmas Trees to Waipa Foundation.

Susie and her husband planted a couple acres of Norfolk Pines on their Kilauea farm 27 years ago.  They named the christmas tree farm, Pond’s Pines, and have been cutting and selling trees for over 20 years, as well as donating to churches such as Christ Memorial in Kilauea.  Many friends -such as Barbara and Scott Robeson- as well as returning visitors, come to get a tree every year, and much of the tree-cutting visit is spent catching up and talking story. 

The trees re-grow from the stump, with each stump growing two, three or more trees.  If the re-growth is not cut the trees will grow to 80 feet or taller, becoming unmanageable.   More recently, Susie’s husband passed away, and while the farm is relatively low maintenance most of the year, harvesting and selling the trees became too much of a task for Susie to handle alone.  So last year, she teamed up with the folks at Waipa, who voluntarily help with harvesting, and trimming trees, and with sales.  Last year, some of Waipa’s more creative staff made beautiful wreaths for sale as well.  All of the proceeds from the sales go to support Waipa’s operations and programming. 

Norfolk pines make beautiful Christmas trees, and for the trees whose branches are too widely spaced, Susie has a special technique of wiring two trees together to make them appear to be one thick, beautiful tree. 

Waipa and Susie will be cutting trees at Pond’s Pines on Kuawa Road in Kilauea (the road to Common Ground, the old Guava Kai), on Saturday, December 8th between 10am and 4pm.  From 10-noon, those who have pre-ordered a tree in advance can come and choose their tree and take it home.  Unreserved trees will be available for sale from 12pm to 4pm.

Trees under 8 feet will be $35, and larger trees will be individually priced.  Pond’s Pines has a limited number of trees, so Waipa will accept pre-paid advance ordered until December 8th.

To place a pre-paid reservation, you can message us on facebook, call our office at 826-9969, or email us.  We will display a beautiful Pond’s Pines tree, and hopefully wreaths too, at Kalo Festival and accept orders then too. 

Wreaths will also be available on Saturday, December 8th.  

For more on Kalo Festival, check out:

Entry posted on 11/21/2012


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