Grants Awarded: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)
Grantee: Ka’ala Farm Inc.
Project Description: Papahana Alaka’i ‘Opio malama ‘Aina (PAOMA) (Caring for the Land Youth Leadership) utilizes connecting youth back to the ʻāina (land) as a source of empowerment to increase cultural kuleana (responsibility) among Native Hawaiian youth. Through PAOMA, Kala Farms will develop two cohorts of empowered Native Hawaiian youth leaders that are connected to the ʻāina (land), their ‘ohana (family), and community; and can confidently address local challenges through eco-critical analysis and courses of action. The project approach includes a six-week summer intensive program with cohorts of 10 Native Hawaiian youth on the Waianae coast focused on place based experimental research that is rooted in Native Hawaiian culture and traditions. Juniors and seniors from Wai’anae high schools will conduct action research in archeology, natural resource management, geology, biology, hydrology, and agriculture on the Ka’ala Farm. Project staff will continue to work with each cohort throughout the school year to support them in the development and implementation of one community-based project. In addition there will be up to four cultural events per year to engage family members in practicing traditional Native Hawaiian practices.
- Location: Waianae, HI
- ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
- Program Area: Native Youth Initiative (I-LEAD)
- Project Period: 9/30/2018 – 9/29/2021
- FY 2018 Award: $234,984