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Lawa Pono Forest Farm
The Full Story
Lawa Pono, derived from Olelo Hawaii, signifies abundance and prosperity. These guiding values—balance, reciprocity, abundance, sharing, collaborating, community care, integrity, and returning to the Ahupua'a—shape our every action.
Our mission is to create opportunities for connection while providing sustenance to the local community.
At Lawa Pono, we believe in honoring our connection with the Earth and embracing our inherent place within nature. The forest serves as a reminder of what it means to be human and to be part of something greater than the pursuit of capital.
With great care, we have cleared the land by hand, preserving native plants while creatively managing invasive species. Our farm is home to a thriving array of both native and edible plant life, including Ohia lehua, uluhe, hapu’u, Kalo, Ulu, Jackfruit and various citrus varieties. We also grow Bele, bananas, 'Uala (sweet potatoes), basil, green beans and squash. The forest is home to a variety of birds like the endangered I'o (Hawai'ian Hawk), saffron finch, zebra dove, yellow billed cardinal, northern cardinal and a flock of ducks who contribute to our fruit tree fertilization and provide eggs as an additional food source. Lorenzo the tiger (cat) is in charge of rodent control and Sita, our ridgeless rhodesian ridgeback, discourages the wild pigs from entering the farm.
In addition to our work here in the forest, we collaborate with other homesteaders to support food sovereignty and exchange economy within our local community. This endeavor requires the collective efforts of our wider community, and we invite you to be part of our journey.
Join us in embracing a more interconnected, sustainable future. Get involved, lend a hand, and together let's cultivate a thriving circular economy that benefits all.
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