Homestead summit in November at Waiohuli


For information, contact Kekoa Enomoto, or (808) 276-2713

KULA — Forms, flavors and spiritual aspects of kalo, or taro, is a staple of the inaugural Maui Homestead Summit this November.

Organizers invite the public, especially Hawaiian homesteaders, to the free event highlighting farming and ranching topics. The summit unfolds starting 9 a.m. Nov. 3 at He Piko No Waiohuli community center and culminates with, for daylong attendees, an ‘aha ‘aina (feast) featuring a Maui halau and live music.

Waikapu kalo farmer Bobby Pahia keynotes the summit luncheon with kalo varieties, tastings and huli, or shoots, to take home and plant. As the traditional Makahiki season of peace begins, Pahia also discusses the spirituality of growing and eating kalo, the staple of Hawaiian cuisine.

Other presenters include a Kaua`i community organizer of national stature, and Ke`anae natives on healing la`au-lapa`au teas. Garden Isle leader Puanani Danner, who chairs the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA), speaks at 10 a.m. on what the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act federal trust means to Hawai`i and native Hawaiians. Danner serves on the 11-member board of First Nations Oweesta, the only national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) delivering capital to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian CDFIs. Currently the capital totals $8 million in loan funds.

Then at 2 p.m., Marc Aquino and Ku`ulei Anakalea DeRego speak on “La`au Lapa`au Teas at Makahiki.” They present their Ke`anae knowledge of backyard herbal infusions that address health conditions — a gift marking the start of Makahiki season.

The summit offers free registration, lunch and dinner. Event reservations are required at website He Piko No Waiohuli community center is located at the bottom of Lau`ie Drive at Mile Marker 15 of Kula Highway. For more event information, see webpage, email or call/text (808) 276-2713.

Pa‘upena Community Development Corporation (CDC) and SCHHA co-sponsor the Maui Homestead Summit. Pa‘upena CDC’s mission is to provide resources and training to empower fellow Hawaiian Homes trust beneficiaries to build homes and self-sufficient communities. SCHHA is the oldest and largest coalition of homestead associations unified to protect and advocate for the interests of beneficiaries of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

Waikapu kalo farmer Bobby Pahia keynotes a Nov. 3 Maui Homestead Summit, open free to the public at Waiohuli homestead. Pahia, president of the Mauna Kahalawai Chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United and the proprietor of the Hoaloha Farms consortium of 14 farmers on 309 acres, speaks at noon on kalo cultivation and varieties.