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Aloha Mahi'ai
Aloha Mahi'ai
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PO Box 267, Pepeekeo, Hawaii, US
(808) 333-2120
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Aloha Mahi'ai

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Commercial, Intentional Communities, Community, Educational

Project Summary

Permaculture in paradise! This project is in the early stages of development of a 15 acre farm. Our specialty is aquaponics and applied bioengineering, with a heavy dose of permaculture design philosophy. Our intention is to create a vibrant community dedicated to living and teaching natural farming principles.

Project Description


Permaculture in paradise!  Aloha Mahi'ai translates casually as "Love Farmers," or more formally as "those belonging to the way of food who know that everything begins with the breath of life."  Our main project is the development of the 15 acre farm in Pepe'ekeo.  The setting is truly a paradise, as we are only a short walk from the Pacific ocean, which we overlook out on Pepeekeo point.  The farm is on the slopes of Mauna Kea, the tallest mointain on Earth (measured from base to summit), and is located in an incredible microclimate.  We average 120" of rain per year, and get Hawaiian sunshine almost every day (the most solar exposure of anywhere on the East side of the Big Island).  Also we have deep soil, which is truly a rarity on an island affectionately called "The Rock." 

Our intention is to develop commercial scale aquaponics greenhouses, integrated with a diversified food forest, kitchen garden, and animal systems.  The plan also includes earthworks, such as swales, ponds, and such.  The structures will include greenhouses, living structures, animal housing, and the farm hub will contain the community space, teaching facilities, workshop, commercial kitchen, office space, etc.  Another aspect of the design includes diversified power generation, including photovoltaic, microhydroelectric, and wood gassification (to generate wood gas, heat, electricity, and biochar!)

In addition to the stated goal of creating a beautiful and fulfilling lifestyle for the community members, we intend to create an educational institution to teach permaculture, aquaponics, natural farming, biodynamics, composting, biochar, bamboo construction, jiu jitsu, surfing, vipassana, herbal medicine, and anything that integrates with our holistic goal of sustainable living. 

-Aloha Mai


Mowing the Grass

Mauka to Makai: from the mountain to the ocean

Rainbow Falls is just down the road from the farm

Hilo beauty

King Kamehameha the Great statue


The Aloha Mahi'ai Team

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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Perma-prepping The Property

Taking care of the area around the system is just as important as taking care of the system.

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Plant life of our system

Our first planting in our system.

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Introducing our Nanawale Aquaponics System

Pictures of our system.

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