Aloha Aina is a tropical permaculture farm and learning center in Maui, Hawai`i.

Our mission is to create a more sustainable future through education, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship.

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Permaculture is a synthesis of ecology and geography, observation and design. It encompasses all aspects of human environments and culture, urban and rural, and their local and global impact. It involves ethics of earth care because the sustainable use of land cannot be separated from lifestyle and philosophical issues.

TEACHERS & Staff

Jenny Pell

Jenny Pell is a full-time permaculture designer, consultant and educator based on Maui, with ongoing work overseas. She has an extensive portfolio of projects large and small that span the Pacific NW, Central America, and the Hawai`ian Islands. She was the lead designer for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, co-author of the Future of Maui Regenerative Agriculture Report, and has been teaching permaculture for 15 years.

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Evan Ryan

Evan Ryan is an agricultural landscape consultant, designer, farmer, project manager, author, and educator. His focus is applying permaculture systems to production agriculture, utilizing holistic land care practices to nurture resilient environments rich in clean air, fresh water, nourishing food. and community. He has been learning and practicing permaculture since 1998 in Hawai‘i, California, Colorado, Central and South America and has extensive experience working with Indigenous agroforestry practices.

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Spencer Oneal

Spencer Oneal is a northwest native, and lives part- time in Hawai`i practicing bio-dynamic farming and sustainable agriculture. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Conscious Business and Sustainable Community Development discovering new holistic ways of living. He has lived and been involved in intentional communities and eco-villages throughout Hawai’i and Central America. Spencer travels regularly helping to manage, produce and support conscious and transformational festivals including Envision, Lightning in a Bottle, and Beloved.

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Rosa Maicas

Rosa Maicas is a fourth generation farmer from Spain and has received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Valencia. For the last four years, she has taught Permaculture & Regenerative Agriculture Series at Butte College and operated an educational organization that teaches sustainability skills and regenerative design at Chico State University. Rosa is certified in Ecovillage Design by Gaia University in Mallorca, Spain.

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NATE Summers

Nate Summers, M.Ac., has been a survival skills instructor for over 20 years with a background in anthropology, Asian studies, and natural medicine. He taught and directed at the Wilderness Awareness School for over 15 years where he started both the Anake Outdoor School and the Anake Leadership Program. Nate’s passions include ethnobotany, natural mentoring, hunter-gatherer childhoods, natural movement, herbal medicine, internal martial arts, mentoring, and leadership.

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KAREN Fletcher

Karen Joy Fletcher, MPH, writer, qigong teacher, and Earthgym sensei loves sharing her passions of qigong, earth-based play and nature connection with people around the world. She is a personal student of ZY Qigong Grandmaster Xu Mingtang, has trained and traveled with him at Shaolin Monastery in China and worldwide. She also speaks Mandarin Chinese, is a student of Master Chinese Medicine doctor, Dr. Zhao Fuxue, and serves as his interpreter when in the U.S.

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Permaculture is a conscious process involving the placement and planning of elements, things and processes in relationship to each other. As such, it is a way of thinking, and it is our thought patterns that determine our actions, so permaculture becomes a way of living.

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Haiku Aina Permaculture Initiative

The HAPI project, is a way of applying principles of agroforestry and permaculture in an area of rainforest on this beautiful island in the South Pacific Ocean.
Integrating principles and wisdom of native Hawaiian spiritual culture, we are aspiring to create a model of soil renewal, reforestation, and human interaction with nature in a paradigm of respect, harmony, and adherence to the natural law.

In the Hawaiian Language, which is filled with mysteries and hidden meanings, “HA” represents the Breath of Life – The Spirit, “I” represents The Self, and “KU” means “rising upright” it is the name also given to the Rising Sun. So Hai’ku, the name of the place where our project is located can be said to represent The True Self Standing Upright in Spirit.

    Pono Grown

    Pono Grown, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We build conscious community through connecting individuals to the land, creating a culture that grows peacefully and harmoniously.  Pono is the Hawaiian word for righteousness or doing what is right. We support our community to grow in a right way, right in the sense of working in harmony with the land, with each other, and with ourselves as individuals, founded on the concepts of caring for the earth and caring for all life on the earth.

    We provide a farm center that offers our community the opportunity to come and connect with a landscape that is a model for living in peace by providing for the basic needs of food, water, shelter, and energy in a regenerative way. Through demonstration, experiential and classroom education, individuals have the ability to discover their conscious selves in connection with the greater world we are all a part of.

    Hale Akua

    At Hale Akua our certified organic farm and eco-retreat center. Farm interns study organic gardening and farming every morning between Monday and Friday. They also learn how to market and sell the farm products we grow. They also are offered free instruction in Compassionate Communication, which is profoundly helpful in effective farm management and life management in general.

    We consider physical and psychological well-being an essential aspect of successful farming. In addition these students also get exposed to farm product marketing by selling our produce at the Hale Akua booth at the local farmer’s market and by joining our farm managers in marketing to restaurants.

    Ola Honua

    Ola Honua can mean “life giving earth” and is a place, a project and a community whose purpose is to cultivate a deep respect and commitment to the care and regeneration of the land. Grown from the seed of an individual and sustained by the commitment of an entire community, Ola Honua started as a restoration effort and has evolved into a broader, more sustainable project.

    We are a sustainable forestry project that is planting, harvesting and selling bamboo and high-quality hardwoods. We respect long-held traditions and incorporate new approaches into a local business compatible with Kipahulu’s rural lifestyle. We work in partnership with the community to help sustain their needs and aspirations. All of our actions are done with respect for the people and lifestyle of the community.

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