Wai’anae, Hawai’i is one of the most underprivileged areas in all of Hawai’i.
Only 5.1% of Native Hawaiians in Wai’anae have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 38.9% of Native Hawaiian families in Wai’anae with children under Five years old live in poverty. The coast of Wai’anae is lined with tents and tarps where families live, and numerous health and education problems impact the disadvantaged youth.
Ma’o Farms, is a best practice that seeks to change this.
Ma’o was established at the turn of the new millennium with a desire to address the important needs of our youth and community. A group of residents, traditional practitioners, teachers, and business experts created the Waianae Community Re-Development Corporation (WCRC), a federally recognized 501 c 3 nonprofit organization. The goal was to build a strategy that would impact five critical areas of need: out-of-school youth, sustainable economic development, agriculture, health, and Hawaiian culture. Youth leadership and social enterprise development became the core objectives, with strategies to build a localized movement to put the value of aloha aina into action. Students here are given an opportunity to work on the land, learn Hawaiian culture and values, and receive a high quality education.
Special thanks to Henry Mochida for providing extra footage and statistics from his film, Blue Tarp City.
- Program Name: Ma’o Farms
- Program Mission: Re-establish our community through ‘aina (land) based activities, nurturing and growing our youth and their families within an environment of communal ownership and pride.
- Program State: Hawai’i
- Program City: Waianae
- Address: 86-210 Puhawai RoadRoad, Waianae, HI
- Phone: (808) 696-5569
- Web Site: Ma’o Organic Farms
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- State: HI