2018 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) Conference + Hoʻōla ʻĀina O Māʻilikūkahi Youth Food Sovereignty Congress

July 27-29, 2018

The 2018 conference will be organized around the themes of indigenous knowledge, decolonization and socio-ecological resiliency in agroecology and sustainable food systems education. Demonstrating the university’s commitment to becoming the world’s foremost indigenous serving school, the conference will offer many unique opportunities to explore how the University of Hawai‘i, and other indigenous serving institutions in North America, are working to integrate traditional ecological knowledge, practice and culture into post-secondary food systems education. Through presentations, workshops, field trips and hands-on activities, participants will share their theory, practices and vision for integrating these topics into university level and adult education programming about food, agriculture, sustainability and justice.

Along with the SAEA conference is an integration of the Hoʻōla ʻĀina O Māʻilikūkahi (“Hands Turned to the Soil”) –Youth Food Sovereignty Congress. The word ho‘ōla in Hawaiian means to restore, to give life. The name of the conference reflects an understanding that the ‘āina (land) must be healthy in order to feed us, and that ‘āina, kanaka and kaiāulu (land, people and community) must work in concert to provide and maintain sustenance for all living things. The youth sovereignty congress will be integrated into the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference and seeks to provide a platform from which community-oriented, intergenerational and cultural approaches to building a sustainable food system are honored, cultivated and launched.

For more information about the event and to sign up click here!


Mahalo nui to all of our Co-Producers for your support of this yearʻs 2015 Town ma MAʻO Scholarship Fundraiser! Moʻokuʻauhau & Moʻolelo celebrated the foundation and the voyage of MAʻO Organic Farms and the Kauhale. Please check out this link for more photos of a beautiful evening of family, friends, food and fun!


FLOTUS Visits MAʻO Organic Farms

"Well, I just think that the youth leadership piece is key to all of this. Because it's really about continuing to pass what you're learning on and on, because that's what happened: There was a break in that learning, in that connection. So one of the greatest tasks is to not let that break happen again, and that really falls to all of you, because you have the privilege and the opportunity, now, to learn and to carry this forward."

- First Lady Michelle Obama @ MAʻO Organic Farms Youth Roundtable, 2011