WHAT WE DO
The Collaboration For Solutions (CFS) initiative aims to demonstrate Kohala Institute’s mission of providing opportunities to connect with universal values and the land to create a better world. CFS focuses on bringing people and groups together to find solutions to the many challenges and issues of discord facing our communities today. These issues are steeped in conflict because stakeholders tend to identify more with their position than with the need to resolve the conflict. The solutions tend to be right in front of us, but it takes trust and collaboration to make them into a reality. CFS begins with an emphasis on first building and establishing relationships through place-based and experiential learning experiences within Kohala Institute’s ‘Iole ahupuaa, whether clearing a trail or working in a taro patch or growing food at a sustainable vegetable farm. After a series of experiences where participants learn how to work collaboratively in ways that help us to connect with our environment, ourselves and each other, substantive discussion is gradually introduced through a designed process of alliance building and professional facilitation. Our facilities and projects that support CFS include:
GRACE Center - An innovative education and meeting center built within the historic Kohala Girls' School featuring state-of-the-art distance learning technology enabling collaboration with educational institutions and organizations around the nation. Includes dormitory student housing and 10 cabins. An ideal facility for community events, meetings, summits, conferences and educational classes. Facility will open in Summer 2016.
KI Energy – We are designing and working on a comprehensive microgrid to generate electricity utilizing renewable resources to meet our energy needs.
Fish Farm – An aquaculture farm featuring a hatchery, grow operation and processing facility. We hope to serve as a catalyst for increased agricultural and aquaculture-based job creation and economic development in North Hawaii. Processing is scheduled to begin in 2016.
KI Tours –Features a series of programs and projects exploring best practices utilized to manage ‘Ioleʻs land and water resources during the pre-contact, missionary, and plantation historic periods, and post-plantation era. Includes kauhale and botanical garden with native plants utilized by cultural practitioners for kapa, laau lapaau, lei making, lauhala weaving, and other traditional practices.
KI Farms – A 5-acre pilot farm with a planned 30-acre facility showcasing successful and sustainable methods of growing food to meet Hawaii Island’s food security needs. Specific programming explores the connection we have to the food we eat through a multitude of agricultural methods and how best practices across historic periods can coexist in one area to restore North Hawaii’s legacy as the breadbasket of food production. Includes construction of 12 housing units for farm laborers.
Funded largely through grants and donations, Kohala Institute welcomes collaborative partnerships with interested organizations and individuals.
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VALUES IN ACTION
Kohala Institute at ‘Iole (KI) manages approximately 2,400 acres of land, including the ‘Iole ahupuaa, in North Kohala on the Island of Hawaii.
KI offers place-based and experiential learning opportunities to explore the universal values of Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Courage, and Engagement (GRACE) and foster positive connections with our surroundings, with others, and within ourselves.