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Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
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53-378 Pratt Rd., Kapaau, HI, US
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

Christopher Carter Madeleine Le-Fort Mark Domingo Matthieu Comeau
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Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture

Project Type

Rural, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Hawaii Institute of PAcific Agriculture' mission is to practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

Project Description

HIP Agriculture is a conscious movement of inspired individuals living a model of sustainability through direct engagement with the earth and service to youth and communities.

Located in beautiful, historic North Kohala, HIP Agriculture is a growing community that cultivates a diverse collection of Polynesian crops and operates as an educational site offering sustainable agriculture courses, youth programming, community workshops and events. Through farming and hands-on education HIP Agriculture is pioneering a new paradigm of conscious agriculture that honors indigenous wisdom, food sovereignty and the transformational power of returning to the land.

The Halawa Campus is the headquarters of HIP Agriculture. It is set in a beautiful mature orchard producing bananas, oranges, tangelos, avocados, breadfruit, coconuts, zapotes, lychee, Kukui nut, coffee, macadamia nuts and other tropical fruits. The ancestral lands are rich with old-growth bamboo groves, extensive banyan tree networks, and ancient Lo’i terraces. The house at Halawa serves as staff housing, classroom, office, design studio, and library. Other facilities include student kitchen, outdoor showers,  community stage and outdoor classroom.

At the Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture we cultivate a variety of Polynesian, native, tropical fruits, and medicines. We ‘re interested in cultivating plants that provide for human needs while restoring the environment through reforestation, and soil building.

Polynesian plants we cultivate include:

Taro, Sweet potato, yam, breadfruit,  almost 30 banana varieties,  10 kava varieties, kamani, kukui, noni, sugar cane and many others.

We also cultivate more recently introduced fruits like papaya, rare banana varieties, pineapple, mango, tangelo, pomelo, white sapote, Brazilian cherry, Surinam cherry, avocado, edible and construction grade bamboos, durian, cacao, macadamia nuts and more.

Also cultivate medicines turmeric, ginger, ashwaganda, and more
In addition we raise Jersey dairy cows, St Criox hair sheep, Muscovy, Khaki Cambell, and Indian Runner Ducks.




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