Represents the native Hawaiian perspective about the sacred connection or “navel” linking humanity with Papa or Mother Earth.
At Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha, this piko is also a special place where visitors can offer a pebble, stone, rock or shell from their respective homes as symbols of their own relationships with Papa based on the native Hawaiian premise of aloha ‘āina, mālama ‘āina—love of the land, care of the land.
The Peace Pole, a gift from friends in Japan, is a stark and stoic reminder of the frailty and cruelty of humanity, as well as the greater desire to rebuild life from a platform of respect and nonviolence.
This little garden represents the hope that lives in the hearts and minds of children and their teachers, as well as their family members.
The Sun Garden, is composed of several smaller gardens where children in different grade levels learn about life cycles through working together planting seeds, growing food and flowers, harvesting their bounty, and enjoying the practice of ‘aha ‘āina or fellowship through sharing nourishment. Connected in the background are: the star garden, the moon garden and the planets. All planted by the children.
A simple but beautiful tribute honoring the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Mākaha Elementary School and Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha as they work together to teach the children about living healthily through recognizing and practicing how to balance mind, body and spirit.
The encircling base of river rocks are inscribed with names of children, young and old, who have shared in the experience and journey of this partnership.
This little garden features an allspice tree, ‘olena or turmeric rhizomes, aloe vera, citronella, sage, basil, rosemary, lemon grass, and other herbs used in cooking and medicinal remedies.
Enjoy experiencing the scents and textures of this wonderful collection of nature’s spice rack and medicine cabinet.
Represents the hopes, dreams, and articulations of aspirations that guide each new school year. Teachers and students write concise statements about what they would like to accomplish during the new fall and upcoming spring semesters.
At the end of the school year, each grade level capsule is retrieved and its contents revisited to discover the multi-tiered levels of successful academic and personal achievement.
This scaled map of Wai‘anae provides a “bird’s eye view of one of O‘ahu’s most beautiful coastal communities from Nānākuli to Ka‘ena Point.
The map includes all the 9 Ahupua’a of Wai’anae: Nanakuli, Lualualei, Wai’anae, Makaha, Kea’au, Ohikilolo, Makua, Kahana Haiki, Keawaula.
This structure is dedicated to Howard Kam, a true friend and benefactor of Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha. It was built with the hands, hearts and minds of sixth grade children, their teachers, friends and family members in 1998.
Today it is a place for building alternative energy prototypes, fixing and repairing things on the farm, and creating meaningful and utilitarian projects for home and classroom.
One of the signature sites on the farm that entrances all youthful visitors. Children marvel at the goats, turkeys, chickens, fish, turtles, rabbits, geese and ducks. They learn about bees in the adjacent apiary.
For many, this is the first time that children have opportunities for an “up close and personal” look, touch, and smell experience with our feathered, scaled, and furred friends.
Take a walk through this peaceful garden.
Sit and enjoy the serenity beneath the lovely canopy created by growth that honors more than three decades of sustained nurturance and belief in the power of ‘āina (all that feeds and nourishes) and akua (divine life giving force) that celebrates the true spirit of Hawai‘i — the place and her people.