This year we are expanding MAʻO Organic Farms from 24 to 281 acres through the historic acquisition of a 236-acre parcel of fallow agricultural land in Lualualei Valley. This new ʻāina is located several miles from our core 24-acre Puhawai location, in an area known as Palikea. With this acquisition (concluded in April 2019), MAʻO became, on behalf of its community beneficiaries, the fourth largest private landowner in Waiʻanae. The Palikea site also encompasses a 21-acre parcel that MAʻO has leased from Trust for Public Land since 2018, and which we are currently preparing for its first agricultural planting in more than thirty years. Work is underway to convey the 21-acre parcel to MAʻO via the Legacy Land Conservation Program.
We refer to the expansion as MAʻO Māʻona to reflect our vision for a future of plenty, a future in which youth realize their potential, community aspirations are fulfilled, and the ‘āina is fertile and harvests are abundant. This expansion presents a momentous opportunity to grow the youth program four-fold and food-production ten-fold, while creating 75 new jobs, developing an agricultural housing cluster, and forging a sustainable organizational future through an expanded earned revenue base.
Māʻona - satisfied after eating; to have eaten, to eat one’s fill.
MAʻO now seeks catalytic partners to work shoulder-to-shoulder in this restoration of land and people. You are invited to join the movement to engage, educate, and empower a new generation of leaders to work towards Hawaiʻi māʻona. We were able to purchase the land using a bridge loan, and are currently fundraising to take down this loan and put the land into production.
Donations to support this transformational effort are welcome! All donations are tax-deductible and are received on behalf of MAʻO Organic Farms by the Waiʻanae Community Re-Development Corporation, our 501 (c) (3) parent organization.