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News Update: Pua Lehua Spring Forth in the Waipa Garden
the unfurling of a new beginning, a new cycle... In spending time over the past few weeks in the Waipa Native Garden with the keiki during our weekly ... click to read more

Aloha and Welcome!

For 20 years, Waipa Foundation has worked with the community to manage the ahupua'a of Waipa as a Native Hawaiian learning center and community center where folks can connect with the ‘aina (land and resources), and learn about our local values and lifestyle through laulima (many hands working together).

Native Hawaiians used land divisions called ahupua‘a to adeptly manage island resources that richly provided for their communities. Ahupua‘a were usually managed by the peoples that lived within them, who were guided by a strong sense of interdependence with the natural world. Economic, social and cultural choices flourished in balance with natural systems, and we believe these traditions hold insights that are vitally relevant today.

The 1,600 acre ahupua'a of Waipa, located on the north shore of Kaua'i, is one of the few ahupua‘a in Hawai‘i that remain intact. Owned by the Kamehameha Schools, the ahupua'a has been managed by the community for over 30 years, beginning with the Hawaiian Farmers of Hanalei (comprised of several Hawaiian families) in the 1980’s.

Please visit our ABOUT PAGE for more history and check out our other sections to learn about projects supporting local food, native species and learning opportunities within the ahupua‘a!

Hope to see you soon at Waipa!