Mahele means to share or divide equally. Mahele Farms is Hana’s community farm with a mission: “to operate a productive community farm that serves as an educational, sustainable, and healthy food resource for the isolated Hāna, Maui region.” It began as a collaboration between the previously mentioned Kahanu Garden and Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke, Hana School’s building, construction program, as well as Hāna School’s Agricultural Program. They engage the community by inviting all residents to farm together to promote a community’s self-sufficient lifestyle. This collaboration reflects how Hawaiians maintained a healthy multi-million person population before transitioning to the heavily imported goods we see today. The farm offers Volunteer Days on Tuesdays and Fridays. They encourage people to contact them ahead of time if interested in volunteering to learn about and help perform their farming practices.
Nestled along the Waikapū Stream in Waikapū Valley, Maui, Hōkūao Pellegrino has managed to return his family’s property to the flourishing Kalo farm it was before the 1940s when a large sugar company diverted the stream to irrigate sugar cane fields. Now that sugar is no longer a dominant business on Maui, many of Maui’s farmers with Pellegrino are working to restore water rights to their lands. Nohoʻana Farm now grows forty-five different Kalo varieties on his two and a half acre property that his family has owned since 1848. He hopes to help fill the 2 million pound gap of taro imported from Fiji each year to meet Hawaii’s annual demand of 6.5 million pounds of the vegetable. Nohoʻana Farm currently sells its organic Kalo products and other traditional Hawaiian crops to the surrounding community at an affordable price. They also sell to farm-to-table restaurants such as Kaʻana Kitchen at the Andaz in Wailea, whose Maui born chef, Isaac Bancaco, focuses on local food unique to Maui.