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
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
TEACHERS & Staff
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.
She specializes in profitable diversified organic farming, edible landscape design, tropical agroforestry, and facilitation for project governance and management. Jenny is now studying Climate Science Adaptation Strategies, focused on how to build resilience using permaculture.
Listen to a recent podcast of Jenny discussing the transition from monoculture sugarcane on Maui to regenerative agriculture.
Evan Ryan is an agricultural landscape consultant, designer, farmer, project manager, author, and educator. His focus
He is the founder, director, and designer of Pono Grown Farm Center, a non-profit organization focused on agricultural education with a mission to increase the connection people have to the land, and empower them to better care for it. This diverse 15-acre commercial farm in upcountry Maui is home to a vibrant internship program, extensive vegetable gardens, hundreds of fruit trees, chickens and bees. The farm is solar powered, relies on rainwater harvesting and runs its tractor on locally produced biodiesel.
Evan is the author of Hawai‘i Home Gardens: Growing Vegetables in the Subtropics Using Holistic Methods, a permaculture based guide to vegetable growing. As an avid seed saver, he is also a co-founder of the Hawai‘i Seed Growers Network, spearheading the seed saving movement throughout Hawai‘i with workshops, seed
Spencer Oneal is a northwest
He is the owner and founder of multiple businesses including Local Abundance CSA and the Center Of Conscious Oneness. C.O.C.O’s is a developing permaculture farm-based community and cultural learning center in Hawai`i dedicated to social entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship.
Spencer specializes in whole systems design and engineering, creating solutions through dynamic, innovative approaches. His emphasis is
During the last 9 years, she has been trained in Permaculture & Agriculture Design ( PDC ) by the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute of Victoria. She has studied with Holistic Management International for the last 2 years to become one of their certified educators in Holistic Farm Management.
Over the last few years, she has volunteered at an organic farm & sustainable training center in Bali, Indonesia as a project manager, facilitator & workshop coordinator. Worked as a coordinator & translator in Regenerative Agriculture Workshops & Courses in Spain and as an Organic Farming consultant & workshop facilitator in an educational nonprofit called Grub Education, Chico CA, USA.
Rosa also is involved in facilitating many social activism events such as Earth Day and Sustainability Days and active as a volunteer in many community gardens and urban farming projects, offering hands-on workshops and lectures throughout California, Bali, and Spain.
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.
He helped found the Vashon Wilderness Program and Outdoor Connections, and has served as a naturalist for King County Parks and Seattle Parks and Rec.
Nate holds a Master’s degree from NIAOM (Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and B.A.s in both anthropology and Asian studies from the University of Illinois. He has served as faculty for the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, and as adjunct faculty for Prescott College. Nate likes to fish, practice internal martial arts, go on adventures with his family, and gather wild foods and medicine.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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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