A raised earthen platform or “stage” for the specific use of practicing and performing hula – a traditional form of native Hawaiian dance.
Today, hula brings young and old together and is a celebration of storytelling in a unique and sensuous manner.
A gathering place for getting acquainted, sharing, celebrating, exploring and learning together. Originally constructed in 2000, the hale stands as a symbol of kinship relationships and steadfast belief in perpetuating pono (moral correctness, goodness, righteousness).
Hale Haumāna endured three arson attempts to destroy the spirit of Hoa ‘Āina; each time the commitment of the children from our community – nā keiki o ka ‘āina – affirmed the true meaning of resiliency. “What if the hale burns again?” asks Gigi. “Then, we will rebuild it AGAIN!” replied nā keiki.
An epitome of sustainability in ancient Hawai‘i was more a model of practices ensuring survivability through equity and sound natural resource management.
This miniature landscape represents how native Hawaiians understood the viability of apportionment that included natural watersheds in the mountain tops that fed streams flowing downward through forests, cultivated lowlands and finally out to sea further reaching to the ocean depths.
Learn about endemic and indigenous plants of Hawai‘i. Native Hawaiians regard these plants as their ancestors or ‘aumākua who contribute to ensuring the well-being of kanaka (human kind) through feeding, healing, housing, protecting and soothing.
Visitors learn about recreational games played in ancient Hawai‘i especially during Makahiki or the time of peace and celebration that were used to teach strategies and values through enjoyable practices.
View “Hawaiian Checkers” or konane, “Hawaiian Lawn Bowling” or ulumaika, and Hawaiian Lawn Darts or pahe‘ehe‘e.
Fourth graders from Mākaha Elementary School originally created this as a “live-action” model of a volcano that spewed smoke.
It remains a teaching tool for lessons in geology, science, social studies, and Hawaiian culture.
It is one of the favorite gathering places on the farm.
Workshops, classes, meetings, demonstrations, receptions and shared meals are among some of the activities that occur here.
Children learn about Hawai‘i as the most isolated archipelago in the world relative to its location through this accurately scaled geographic model.
Throughout the years, students from Mākaha Elementary School work to restore this walk-able map, and in so doing, experience a multi- and interdisciplinary lesson coalescing math, social studies, geography and science.
A place to learn how to prepare food like the ancestors did and enjoy it together like the ancestors did.