VALUES IN ACTION
Kohala Institute at ‘Iole owns and stewards approximately 2,400 acres of land, including the ‘Iole ahupua’a, in North Kohala on the Island of Hawaii.
KI offers place-based and experiential learning opportunities to explore the universal values of Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Courage, and Engagement (GRACE) and foster positive connections with our surroundings, with others, and within ourselves.
OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT WITH THE LAND AND UNIVERSAL VALUES FOR A BETTER WORLD.
WHAT WE DO
In June 2014, Kohala Institute finalized its five-year Roadmap focusing on financially sustainable mission-based programming utilizing Kohala Institute’s 2,400 acres for place-based and experiential learning. KIʻs programs and projects feature ahupuaʻa based resource management and sustainability, perpetuation of culture and art, exploration of contemplative practices, and education.
The Roadmap includes the following activities which will be in operation by 2019:
GRACE Center - An innovative education and meeting center built within the historic Kohala Girls' School featuring state-of-the-art distance learning technology enabling collaboration with educational institutions and organizations around the nation. Includes dormitory student housing and 10 cabins. An ideal facility for community events, meetings, summits, conferences and educational classes. Facility will open in Spring 2016.
KI Energy – Comprehensive microgrid that generates and stores electricity to meet KI’s electricity needs.
KI Fish Company – A fish farm featuring a hatchery, grow operation and processing facility. KI Fish will serve as a catalyst for increased agricultural and aquaculture-based job creation and economic development in North Hawaii. Processing is scheduled to begin in 2016.
KI Tours –Features a series of programs and projects exploring best practices utilized to manage ‘Ioleʻs land and water resources during the pre-contact, missionary, and plantation historic periods, and post-plantation era. Includes kauhale and botanical garden with native plants utilized by cultural practitioners for kapa, laʻau lapaʻau, lei making, lauhala weaving, and other traditional practices.
KI Agriculture Park – A 30-acre facility showcasing successful and sustainable methods of growing food to meet Hawaii Island’s food security needs. Specific programming explores the connection we have to the food we eat through a multitude of agricultural methods and how best practices across historic periods can coexist in one area to restore North Hawaii’s legacy as the breadbasket of food production. Includes construction of 12 housing units for farm laborers.