It started in 1979 on an abandonded 5 acres of land owned by the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. In 1979 an alternative learning center called the Wai’anae RAP Center was based on this land. High School students from Wai’anae and Nanakuli who were not able to function in a regular classroom environment came to the land to learn how to care about themselves through the caring of the land, using traditional Hawaiian values.
The program since then has expanded to different projects guided by the Hoa ’Aina mission statement:
“Creating Peaceful Communities in Harmony with Nature,
through the Eyes, Hands and Hearts of the Children”
Since the beginning Hoa`Aina O Makaha has centered its focus on supporting family, community self reliance and peace making on the Wai’anae Coast. The Farm, as it is known lovingly by community residents, is a place where dreams have become a reality by developing a barren piece of land into an educational resource center.
Together with the children of our community, Hoa`Aina helps to rediscover the Hawaiian culture, the love for the land, and the love for each other and for the world.