‘Ano‘ai me ke aloha pumehana, greetings with warmest regards!
We are happy to present our story of what transpired this year on the farm. Last year, we used this consolidated format for the first time rather than submitting individual program reports to funders. Feedback on this format was very positive, readers noting that they especially enjoyed seeing all programs presented together. In reviewing our report, they had a better sense of the entire scope of Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha’s program offerings. So we are doing it again. We hope you will enjoy experiencing our overview of all the programs and how they fit together to serve the children of O‘ahu and Mākaha in particular. In addition to “the facts” we have provided both staff and participant reflections of their experiences as that is one of the primary ways we look to evaluate our program success. Programs and staff are closely integrated. Nā Keiki O Ka ‘Āina, Ho‘oulu I Nā Keiki (3rd Grade Immersion Program), Mālama Mākaha Credit Work and the Container Garden programs work together to serve the children, teachers and families of Mākaha Elementary School. Our Ke Ala program allows children from the more urban communities on O‘ahu to experience lessons of the farm—its land, staff and animals so generously shared. This past year the farm welcomed more than 19,000 visitors as participants in our programs and activities.
We received generous support from our foundation partners and private donors. Seventy-five percent of Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha’s funding is provided by private sources. It is in these relationships, each one personal and precious—that we are allowed to thrive and continue to develop innovative approaches to improving the lives of the children and families of Mākaha. We also owe thanks to the generosity of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu who allows us to work on this land.
Our THIS YEAR ON THE FARM annual report covers the following topics:
- Highlights of the Year
- Program Reports
- Overall Challenges
- Upcoming Plans
- Key Team Members
To view and print the entire report click here