Restoring cultural connections between land and

our community and Ohana since 2010

MISSION

Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is a community-based non-profit organization based in the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia, moku of Koʻolaupoko, island of Oʻahu. With the support of the local community, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi continues to implement Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi (Regrowing the Fruit of Hoi), a long-range project to restore agricultural and ecological productivity to nearly 405-acres within the wetlands of Heʻeia. Through our cultural, educational and ecosystem restoration programs, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is promoting the social and economic advancement of the local community.

HISTORY OF KAKO’O’OIWI

 

Established in 2006, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is a Hawaiʻi 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to perpetuate the culture and practices of Native Hawaiians. Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi is situated in the ahupuaʻa of Heʻeia, moku (district) of Koʻolaupoko, on the island of Oʻahu.  At that time, Kākoʻo’Oiwi was governed by a seven-member Board of Directors and was led by Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz and Janice-Renee Yoshioka.  

In 2010, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi acquired a 38-year lease from the State Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority (HCDA) to implement Māhuahua ʻAi o Hoi (“Replanting the Fruit of Hoi”) a community-driven vision for a 405-acre area within the Heʻeia Wetlands, an area locally referred to as “Hoi”. The purpose of Māhuaua ʻAi o Hoi is to perpetuate the heritage, values, traditions and practices of mahiʻai ʻana (farming, cultivation) through the restoration of the food-producing lands and waters of Heʻeia.

Under the leadership and guidance of our Board of Directors, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi was able to grow from a volunteer-only organization with less than $20,000 in annual revenues in 2009 to an organization employing fourteen (14) full-time and two (2) part-time staff with annual revenues of over $453,000 by the end of 2019 and anticipated revenues of $1 million in 2020.  Since starting this endeavor, Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi has produced over 50,000 pounds of kalo and poi and increased its relationships with restaurants and direct-to-consumer sales.

Kako’o’Oiwi continues to strive towards providing sustainable foods for Hawaii.  With the ground breaking of the Poi Mill in 2020, we anticipate a significant increase in poi sales and other kalo related products. 

 

BUILDING AND DEVELOPING AN ECOSYSTEM

FARMING

WETLAND RESTORATION

PROPIGATION OF NATIVE PLANTS

RESTORATION OF NATIVE BIRDS