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Hawaiian Sanctuary is proud to present: Plant Aloha, a FREE educational series of sustainable farming classes. Join us every Thursday morning, from 9:00am until 12:30pm for classes taught by local and visiting experts, organized by Steve Lund and Michele Denise David.

Each class starts promptly with a lecture and Q&A before a hands-on farm experience. Come prepared with notepad and writing utensil, closed toed shoes, sun hat, and gloves. For any questions please email plantaloha@hawaiiansanctuary.com.

The Plant Aloha project is supported, in part, by the County of Hawaii, Research & Development, and Island Naturals Market & Deli. We are looking for support to complete and enhance this amazing FREE program. Please give what you can.

We are also part of the Hawai’i Farmers Union United (HFUU) who represents and advocates for family farmers and ranchers on all of the Hawaiian Islands, among other things.

Here is a lint to a PDF of our Internship program flyer to print and share.

Upcoming Classes

Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Preserving indigenous culture using natural farming solutions with David Forsythe.

Dive into the esoteric realm of indigenous micro organisms. Learn how to cultivate these beneficial microbes to establish fungal networks in gardens, farms, or food forests. We will be doing a hands on learning activity on how to make an indigenous micro organism pile to melt the rock into soil and awaken the ancient intelligence that is living on Mauna Kea. Learn more about making Korean natural farming solutions, philosophies, and practices.

Bio: David Forsythe is a local natural farmer and educator. He has traveled to South Korea to study directly with the primary source of Korean natural farming knowledge ~ Master Han Kyu Cho. David’s mission is to share this natural farming knowledge with the community to empower local farmers and growers to build soil and make their own medicinal “fertilizers.” By partnering with the unseen world below we can reawaken the microbial intelligence in the soil to create food security, food sovereignty, and generational wealth for the future generations.

Past Classes

Thursday, January 23, 2020 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Growing Giant Fruits in the Tropics with Ahau Tony Vera

Tony is a Military Veteran and sustainable Farmer living in Orchidland. In 2016 he and his family moved to the big island from Oahu to have their own sustainable farm. Tony has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing a Degree in Tropical Plants and Agronomy. Since 2018 he has been participating in the Giant Fruit and Vegetables Competition at the County Fair -growing naturally, building his own soil, and not using pesticides.

 

Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Hawaiian Culture: Imu with Keoni Bigno

Keoni will explain the contemporary significance of Hawaiian cultural practices, with this special class that will teach you how and why to build an Imu (cooking pit). Not only does this practice provide communal food, but it creates biochar for the plants and a microbial network.

Bio: Keoni Bigno is a permaculture kumu (teacher) sharing traditional knowledge through contemporary practices of regenerative organic agriculture and bioremediation. Keoni’s mission is to inspire environmental awareness, create sustainable and healthy communities, and restore balance to our ecosystems by teaching and preserving cultural and indigenous practices from his lineage and life experience.

Thursday, January 9, 2020– 9:00am-12:30pm
Advanced Composting with Jeremai Cann

Turn farm and home wastes into quality fertilizer partnering with composting worms and black soldier fly larvae (vermicomposting). Discover the F.B.I.s (fungus, bacteria, invertebrates) of composting and how to grow these beneficial microorganisms. Compost tea, Korean natural farming, and traditional Hawaiian methods of composting will also be discussed. This class also includes a tour of Hawaiian Sanctuary’s composting systems.

Bio: Known as "Dr. Sustainability" on Oahu, Jeremai Cann is a Jamaican-born islander who was first taught about growing food by his parents on their family land where he learned that water is key to life. A graduate of the University of Florida, he entered the environmental field professionally in 1996 as an Environmental Compliance Inspector with the Miami-Dade County of Florida. During this time he gained an avid interest in alternative energy systems and organic agriculture. Moving to Oahu in 2004, Jeremai kindled his passion for eco-friendly education as a consultant and teacher of renewable energy and sustainability. Jeremai now resides in Orchidland, and when not at work on the land at Hawaiian Sanctuary, he builds and sells tiny homes and continues to offer his environmental consultation and educational services to island neighbors near and far.

Thursday. December 19, 2019 From 9:00-12:30

Coconuts! with Jeremy Smith
Come learn all about the history, uses, harvest, and care of coconut trees.

Jeremy is a labor safety specialist who developed a coconut climbing and service technique specifically to increase safety and abundance in the Puna community. Utilizing tools from a wide variety of trades, Jeremy has developed a totally sustainable, permaculture friendly system. After 10 years this technique has proven reliable and become highly reputable. Having served at the Pahoa farmers markets and many wedding and special events, it’s estimated Jeremy has opened well over 20,000 coconuts and climbed thousands of trees.

 

Thursday, December 12th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm.
Puna Prosperity: Māmaki
Sharing Māmaki in Puna as a vehicle focused towards supporting sustainability and economic abundance through education and cultural practices that embody: “What is good for the aīna is good for our community, our bodies, and our economy.
Speaker Bio: Isabella “Bella” Ellaheh Hughes was born and raised in Honolulu and now resides in Hilo. Her career spans the arts, culture, agriculture and entrepreneurship. She is President and co-founder of Shaka Tea and co-founder and Director Emeritus of Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF). Hughes serves on the board of HBF, was appointed by Governor David Y Ige to serve on the Hawai’i Technology Development Corporation board and appointed by Mayor Harry Kim to serve on the Merit of Appeals Board. Through the arts, nonprofit work, and entrepreneurship, she is firmly committed to Hawaiʻi, championing abundance for our community.

Thursday, December 5th 2019 – 9:00am-12:00pm
Anthony Anderson of Grow Paradise and his partner Sami are back after a big turnout from their last fruit tree grafting class! They will be sharing more grafting techniques as well as how to make fruit fly traps. There will be lots of giveaways with the permaculture prize wheel! There will also be an opportunity for anyone interested to practice their grafting techniques after the talk -scions will be available to practice with, such as Durian, Avocado, and Mango.

Thursday, November 21st  2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm
This is my Home: The Hawaiian Way with Jenilee Mattos

Come be thankful for the Hawaiian Way by learning what Jeni's Kūpuna (elders), and her Ohana (family & friends), passed on to her: The Hawaiian way of cooking, working on the 'āina (land), making beautiful lei's for every event, and most importantly the true History of Hawaii. She will also be bringing some traditional Hawaiian food to share ????

Bio: Jeni was born and raised on this beautiful big island, in the small town of Honoka'a. Born to farmers and ranchers, she grew up working hard but playing harder, starting her days at 5am. On the weekends she would go to her grandparents house to help, so they didn't have to work so hard. She was raised to know that Ohana is always there and Our Land always provides. She tries to live The Kapu Aloha way everyday. By attending this special class she hopes you will find your Kapu Aloha way. Mahalo.

There will be NO Class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28th  2019

Thursday, October 31st, 2019 – 9:00am-12:00pm
Grafting & Air-layering with Anthony Anderson

Anthony and his partner Sami of Grow Paradise are stoked to teach this hands-on grafting and air-layering workshop. They will be showing the class how and when to collect scions for grafting, and what tools and techniques they use to achieve a higher success rate. For those interested, scions will be available to practice with, such as Durian, Avocado, and Mango.

They will also bring their Black Soldier Fly Larva compost bin to share with the group. Black soldier flies convert compost much easier and even break down materials like citrus peels. They make the perfect food for chickens.

Seedlings, healthy treats, and more, will be available to attendees with the permaculture prize wheel, and we will be giving out lots of goodies for Halloween! To finish up the morning, we will be watching a video about the ancient fishponds of Hawaii. Super inspiring and informative. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 7th, 2019 – 9:00am-12:00pm
Aquaponics On Water Catchment with Jeremy Cann

Grow healthy fish and plants on your water catchment. Learn how to care for your systems and ensure long life.

Jeremai Cann "Dr. Sustainability" is a Jamaican-born islander whose first teachings on food and water, the keys to healthy physical life came from his parents on their family land. A graduate of the University of Florida, Jeremai entered the environmental field professionally in 1996 as an Environmental Compliance Inspector with the Miami-Dade County of Florida. During this time he gained an avid interest in alternative energy systems and organic agriculture. Today, Jeremai kindles his passion for environment education as a consultant and teacher of renewable energy and sustainability here on Hawai’i Island. Residing in Orchidland in the Puna District, Dr. Sustainability tends to his orchard, builds and sells tiny homes and continues to offer his environmental consultation and educational services to island neighbors near and far.

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 – 9:00am-12:00pm
The Ulu Cooperative with Dana Shapiro

Dana and her husband, UH Professor Dr. Noa Lincoln, formed the Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative in 2016 to build a network of small-scale, diversified farms on Hawai‘i Island that grow breadfruit and want to improve community access to this amazing, nutritious food. By working together, they are able to offer consistent, high-quality ‘ulu products that are delicious, versatile, local, healthy, accessible, and sustainable. The co-op is committed to the revival of ‘ulu to strengthen Hawai‘i’s food security and to the value of aloha ‘āina (love for the land) by using environmentally responsible growing and production methods. Distributed throughout the island’s numerous microclimates, more than 70 member farms grow at least six distinct breadfruit varieties, enabling the co-op to take advantage of variable harvesting seasons to supply ‘ulu virtually year-round. Farmer owned, ‘āina grown—from our trees to your table.

Thursday, October 24th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Homesteading Chickens (part 2) with Chris Hardenbrook of 13-Mile Farm
Learn the why and how of incorporating chickens into a homestead scenario.

Bio: Chris Hardenbrook and his wife, Leslie Sears, are owners of 13-Mile Farm in Kurtistown. They raise layer hens to supply local natural food stores with pastured eggs, and breed Black Australorp heritage chickens as an Advocate Member of the Sustainable Poultry Network. Chris' latest adventure is importing Coturnix japonica quail hatching eggs from James-Marie Farms in Louisiana. His homestead hatchery will supply quail and chickens to Big Island landholders wanting a quality sustainable food source, and potentially extra income.

 

Thursday, October 17th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Homesteading Chickens (part 1) with Chris Hardenbrook of 13-Mile Farm
Learn the why and how of incorporating chickens into a homestead scenario.

Bio: Chris Hardenbrook and his wife, Leslie Sears, are owners of 13-Mile Farm in Kurtistown. They raise layer hens to supply local natural food stores with pastured eggs, and breed Black Australorp heritage chickens as an Advocate Member of the Sustainable Poultry Network. Chris' latest adventure is importing Coturnix japonica quail hatching eggs from James-Marie Farms in Louisiana. His homestead hatchery will supply quail and chickens to Big Island landholders wanting a quality sustainable food source, and potentially extra income.

 

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 - 9:00am-12:30pm
Hawaiian Noni and Fern Medicines with Herbert Moniz

Topics covered:
-Healing properties of Hawaiian Noni
-Where Noni grows best
-Fermentation process of Noni for highest potency
-How Noni is used medicinally to cure and prevent chronic diseases
-Healing properties of Hawaiian Pohole Fern
-How Pohole Fern is used as a health supplement
-Herbert will do demonstrations with volunteers who would like to receive diagnoses and recommendations
-Products will be available for sample and purchase

Bio: Herbert is the U.S. Patent Holder of Noni Fruit Dehydration, a documented healer, and an expert on the synergies of Hawaiian plants and herbs.
-2016 — Founding Member of the Hawaii NoniPower Cooperative
-1994 — Granted U.S. Patent (No. 5,288,491). The patent relates to a method for processing the noni plant into powder
-1959 — Married his loving wife, Lona, whom he helped to cure of Breast Cancer using the Noni's medicinal properties
-1939 — Was born in Kula, Hawaii

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Bees need Korean Natural Farming too! with Shane “Bee Charmer” Lee

Shane was initiated into the realm of bees in Phoenix, Arizona. It was not the sweet, golden honey bee that began to open the door of hive consciousness for Shane; it was the killer bee. Shane was stung over 100 times during a hive removal and met the queen bee in his heart for the first time. He then moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 with his wife Susana and daughter Satya, where his non-profit Gentle Hive was created. He is known throughout the bee community worldwide and is devoted to creating educational guidelines and laws that implement non-chemical alternatives to commercial beekeeping. Shane’s technique of beekeeping is truly heart centered, the love language of the bees radiate within his teachings and wisdom.

 

Thursday, September 26th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm
Bonsai with Keoni Bigno

Keoni will explain the contemporary significance of Hawaiian plants. Their practical, spiritual, and health applications will be discussed, with a hands-on session on harvest, propagation, and pruning for aesthetics and efficiency using the art of bonsai.

Bio: Keoni Bigno is a permaculture kumu (teacher) sharing traditional knowledge through contemporary practices of regenerative organic agriculture and bioremediation. Keoni’s mission is to inspire environmental awareness, create sustainable and healthy communities, and restore balance to our ecosystems by teaching and preserving cultural and indigenous practices from his lineage and life experience.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 9:00am - 12:30pm

Tree-to-Bar Chocolate with Maddy Smith, the Barefoot Chocolatini

Maddy has loved all things chocolate for the past 25+ years. She is an active member of the East Hawai'i Cacao Association based in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai'i. She was asked to be a cacao bean judge by Dr. Nat Bletter at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival this year and grows 80 cacao plants of her own. She has been studying chocolate for over 10 years and specifically Hawaiian cacao and chocolate for the past 4 years. People know her as "the chocolate lady" or "Barefoot Chocolatini" around town. Maddy gives Chocolate Farm Tours and tastings as well as Downtown Hilo Chocolate Shop Hops. She is helping put Hawai’i on the map for chocolate makers, cacao cultivators, and chocolate lovers around the world.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 9:00am-12:30pm

Intuitive Landcare and the Art of the Walkabout with Scott Laaback

Through a series of conversations and hands on activities you will learn how to better understand and connect with your permaculture landscape. For eons humans walked, worked, and understood the landscape as a part of it. The current mainstream perspective of humans as masters and architects of mechanical landscapes has led us headlong into our current ecological and climatic crises. During this seminar and hands on workshop, you will learn to observe and better understand the land and your relationship to it. You will learn about skills and tools that enable you to become an intuitive caretaker of the land, as well as participate in exercises designed to deepen and strengthen your natural intuitive connections to the landscape and all of its natural elements.

*Please come prepared for the hands on portion by bringing clothing appropriate for light outdoor work*

Bio: Scott Laaback is a regenerative designer, farm-to-table chef, and organizer who works to create regenerative culture and landscapes. He brings broad experience including nearly a decade as a wildland firefighter, working in restaurants and on farms, producing numerous pop-up farm-to-table events, design, installation and maintenance of regenerative landscapes, co-founding Kumukoa House and serving as its Program Director and Permaculture Designer, and serving as the Permaculture Manager and then Landcare Director at Kalanihonua Retreat Center. He currently consults privately doing Regenerative Land-coaching and design. Most recently, Scott is a founding member and President of Center for Getting Things Started, a newly formed 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to create regenerative economy.
Thursday, September 5th 2019 - 9:00am-12:30pm

Grow your own Lā'au Lapa'au (Medicinal plants) with Carly Wyman from Hui Mālama Ola nā 'Ōiwi

In this hands- on workshop, learn how to grow 6 different medicinal plants important in Hawaiian culture:
'Ōlena (turmeric), Ka'ukama'awa'awa (bittermelon), Ko'oko'olau, Lūkini (lemongrass), Māmaki, and Lā'ī (Ti leaf).

Learn about the traditional Hawaiian significance of these plants, and their proper terminology in 'Ōlelo Hawai'i (the Hawaiian language). We will address some of the natural history of these plants and how to grow them as part of a larger agroforestry system. Learn the basics of how these plants were traditionally gathered and used to treat illness. We will discuss how lā'au lapa'au were utilized in old Hawai'i and the scientific backing that has emerged for these uses today. Participants will have the opportunity to plant and take home all 6 lā'au, as well as a guidebook with information on growing and using these 6 plants.

Bio: Hui Mālama Ola nā 'Ōiwi (501(c)3) is dedicated to serving the people of Hawai'i Island to live longer and feel better- physically, spiritually and mentally. We offer free workshops and programming island- wide and have been offering 'Grow your Own Lā'au Lapa'au classes since 2017. Carly Wyman is an environmental educator, enthusiastic gardener, and non- profit founder. She has been working with the 'āina of Hawai'i Island since 2014. She has worked on organic farms, and as a school garden teacher at several schools around the island. She brings this organic farming and gardening

 

From July 25 - August 29th, 2019

6 part Korean Natural Farming series

Plant Aloha is proud to present this in depth introductory exploration of Korean Natural Farming with seasoned expert: Eric (Drake) Weinert

Bio: Drake was born and raised in Hawaiian Acres. He has lived and taught Korean Natural Farming for over a decade under Master Cho and is presently consulting and teaching locally and around the world.

Thursday, July 25th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Natural Farming Solutions with Eric (Drake) Weinert (class 1): Simple formulations that follow the natural growth cycles of a variety of plants. Learn how to spray the right thing at the correct time in this vital introduction.

Thursday, August 1st 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Fermented Plant Juice and Vinegar with Eric (Drake) Weinert (class 2): Make a plant extract that can be custom tuned to your situation and forget buying fertilizer or health elixirs ever again.

 

Thursday, August 8th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Lactic Acid Bacteria and IMO with Eric (Drake) Weinert (class 3): Beneficial as well as indigenous micro organisms will make or break your ability to grow. Make sure you are cultivating with the fun guys and gals of the soil.

Thursday, August 15th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Nitrogens, Calciums and Minerals with Eric (Drake) Weinert (class 4): Want instant nitrogen, calcium and every single trace mineral? It’s easy. Learn how here.

Thursday, August 22nd 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Planting the Korean Natural Farming Way with Eric (Drake) Weinert (class 5): Avoid spoiling your plants and grow naturally more nutritious food in a thriving soil foundation

Thursday, August 29th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Natural Farming: Livestock with Eric (Drake) Weinert (class 6): No-smell chickens and pigs are the heart of Korean Natural Farming operation.

Thursday, July 18th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Nutrition For The Brain with Sarah Buchard and Jennifer Reuter

Led by meditation and yoga philosophy expert––Jennifer Reuter and seasoned chef and health coach––Sarah Burchard (a.k.a. The Healthy Locavore), both from the Oahu based wellness brand––Yoga Unplugged. Jennifer and Sarah specialize in creating events, workshops and retreats designed to teach students sustainable self-care methods and philosophies that increase health and inner peace.

This workshop is intended for people who wish to improve their mental health and want to develop practices that will keep their brains healthy as they age, and will be particularly helpful for those suffering from mild depression and/or anxiety or are having trouble cultivating focus, creativity and overall joy.

Your mental health plays a huge role when it comes to things like managing stress effectively, maintaining a healthy weight, having loving relationships, being good at your job and being an amazing parent.

If you are not taking care of your head these areas of your life begin to get difficult. Stress can show up in the body in the form of an injury or disease, relationships are strained, your work suffers and you begin to have trouble finding joy in life itself.

This is why it is so important to keep your brain nourished and your monkey mind tamed. How? By increasing awareness, becoming more present and cultivating a variety of healthy habits.

Your brain needs time to rest and process. It also needs tasks to be simple and clear so it doesn’t get overwhelmed. Your brain makes hundreds of decisions every day that affect your quality of life. When you can adopt healthy habits, good decisions become automatic. The more you automate the more your brain is freed up to be creative and experience joy.

So what are these healthy habits that nourish the brain? In this workshop we will explore some of the basic tools you can use to keep your brain healthy and running at its fullest potential.

You will learn:

• How to tap into your creativity.

• How to retain what you learn.

• How to experience more joy in your life.

• How to create and keep healthy habits.

Some of the tools we will discuss are:

• Meditation

• Journaling

• Yoga/Mindful movement

• Foods that fuel the brain (using local ingredients)

Thursday, July 11th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Applied Permaculture Principles with Scott Laaback 

Explore Permaculture philosophy and learn about its practical application in order to better understand how you can create a more sustainable future for yourself, others, and the Earth.

Bio: Scott Laaback is a regenerative Permaculture designer, farm-to-table chef, and organizer who works to create regenerative culture and landscapes. He brings broad experience including nearly a decade as a wildland firefighter, working in restaurants and on farms, producing numerous pop-up farm-to-table events, design, installation and maintenance of regenerative landscapes, co-founding Kumukoa House and serving as its Program Director and Permaculture Designer, and serving as the Permaculture Manager and then Landcare Director at Kalanihonua Retreat Center. He currently serves as the HFUU Puna Chapter Vice President and consults privately doing Regenerative Land-coaching and design. Most recently, Scott is a founding member and President of Center for Getting Things Started, a newly formed 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to create regenerative economy. In his role as president, he is leading the Ground Zero Initiative focused on sowing and growing grassroots and community based solutions for climate change modeled and tested at festivals and venues.

Thursday, July 4th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Invasive Species in Hawaii with Keoni

Keoni, our resident farm-to-table chef and Hawaiian plant expert, will teach you about the invasive species that have both adapted nicely to life in Hawaii and those we need to fight with fervor to eradicate. He will also discuss the contemporary significance of traditional Hawaiian plants and how to protect them from invasives.

This class is part of a monthly series on traditional Hawaiian plants, methods, and uses.

Facilitator Bio: Keoni Bigno is our permaculture kumu (teacher) and farm-to-table chef at Hawaiian Sanctuary sharing traditional knowledge through contemporary practices of regenerative organic agriculture and bioremediation. Keoni’s mission is to inspire environmental awareness, create sustainable and healthy communities, and restore balance to our ecosystems by teaching and preserving cultural and indigenous practices from his lineage and life experience.

Thursday, June 27th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Designing Habitats for Our Pollinator Allies with Zach Mermel

Come explore simple, DIY strategies for welcoming these crucial creatures into our gardens, landscapes, and farmscapes.

Bio: born and raised on Hawai’i Island, Zach is intimately familiar with the different microclimates and varied flora and fauna of our unique island home. He is the founder and design director of Ola Design Group, an ecological land planning company.

www.oladesigngroup.com

Thursday, June 20th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Beyond Organic to Nutrition Grown with Dr. Jana Bogs

Double food nutrient content by growing your food the right way. Super-charge yourself by super-charging your vegetables and fruits. See results from our Nutrition Farming research and demonstration garden. Learn how you too can grow the best food ever!

Bio: Dr. Jana Bogs is a nutritionist turned horticulturist with the aim of growing the best quality food possible…the most nutritious and the best-tasting. Understanding that most people are deficient in nutrients, Jana realized that she needed to go back to the soil, fix its problems, and grow better quality foods, thus “restoring health from the soil up”. To accomplish these goals, she went back to school and graduated with a PhD in horticulture and food science.

Dr. Bogs has written a book summarizing her work titled Beyond Organic… Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor. The well illustrated, full-color book is available as a printed version, as well as an e-book, which has hit #1 in two categories on Amazon.com. Dr. Bogs also teaches an online, interactive Perfect Soil course which includes soil and plant tissue analyses.

www.BeyondOrganicConsulting.com.

Thursday, June 13th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Advanced Composting with Jeremai Cann

Turn farm and home wastes into quality fertilizer partnering with composting worms and black soldier fly larvae (vermicomposting). Discover the F.B.I.s (fungus, bacteria, invertebrates) of composting and how to grow these beneficial microorganisms. Compost tea, Korean natural farming, and traditional Hawaiian methods of composting will also be discussed. This class also includes a tour of Hawaiian Sanctuary’s composting systems.

Bio: Known as "Dr. Sustainability" on Oahu, Jeremai Cann is a Jamaican-born islander who was first taught about growing food by his parents on their family land where he learned that water is key to life.  A graduate of the University of Florida, he entered the environmental field professionally in 1996 as an Environmental Compliance Inspector with the Miami-Dade County of Florida.  During this time he gained an avid interest in alternative energy systems and organic agriculture.  Moving to Oahu in 2004, Jeremai kindled his passion for eco-friendly education as a consultant and teacher of renewable energy and sustainability.  Dr. Sustainability now resides in Orchidland, and when not at work on the Farm at Hawaiian Sanctuary, he builds and sells tiny homes and continues to offer his environmental consultation and educational services to island neighbors near and far.

Thursday, June 6th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

1st Thursdays with Keoni: Hawaiian Planting Class TBA

Bio: Keoni Bigno is our permaculture kumu (teacher). He integrates traditional knowledge through contemporary practices of regenerative organic agriculture and bioremediation. Keoni’s mission is to inspire environmental awareness, create sustainable and healthy communities, and restore balance to our ecosystems by teaching and preserving cultural and indigenous practices from his lineage and life experience.

Thursday, May 30th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

An ethnomedical approach (lāʻau lapaʻau and lomilomi) to management of eosinophilic meningitis (Rat Lungworm Disease) with Kumu Dane Silva

Bio: Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva is a resident of Puna, born and raised in Hilo. As he grew up in the Hawaiian community of Keaukaha, he was trained in the healing and martial arts. His career in health education began in 1971, with the County of Hawaiʻi. Five years later, he began teaching Nursing School in Hilo, for Hawaiʻi Community College. Today, he guides nurses to a doctorate in nursing practices (DNP), at the University of Minnesota, Earl Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. He is a researcher and consultant in plant-based medicine. He is a founding member of Kupuna Lāʻau Lapaʻau O Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association. Kumu Dane is a trustee of the Puna Community Medical Center Foundation. He was a founding director of PCMC and Hui Mālama Ola Na ʻOiwi, Native Hawaiian Healthcare Center.

Thursday, May 23rd 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Climate Appropriate Agriculture with Ilana Stout, HCC

Bio: Ilana is a science and sustainability educator at Hawaii Community College (HCC). She will teach participants how to save and store high quality, locally adapted seeds for use in their garden or for sharing in the community. Topics will include basic reproductive biology of flowering plants, processing techniques, equipment, best storage practices and germination testing. Students are encouraged to bring any clean, dry, pest and soil free seeds they would like to share in a seed exchange at the end of the class.

Thursday, May 16th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Locally Adapted Seed Saving with Ilana Stout, HCC

Bio: Ilana is a science and sustainability educator at Hawaii Community College (HCC). She will teach participants how to save and store high quality, locally adapted seeds for use in their garden or for sharing in the community. Topics will include basic reproductive biology of flowering plants, processing techniques, equipment, best storage practices and germination testing. Students are encouraged to bring any clean, dry, pest and soil free seeds they would like to share in a seed exchange at the end of the class.

Thursday, May 9th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Edible Culinary Herb Gardens with Tracy Matfin, Laakea Community

Bio: Tracy Matfin is an educator turned farmer, mother and permaculture instructor. She is a founding member of La’akea Community, www.permaculture-hawaii.com, where she has been living and experimenting with sustainability for over ten years. Tracy grew up in the S.F. bay area, CA. She studied enviromental science at U.C. Berkely, and went on to be a high school science teacher for a decade. Tracy excels in making education meaningful and retain-able through her use of real life examples and hands on projects. She has been teaching permaculture since 2010.

Thursday, May 2nd 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

1st Thursdays with Keoni: Hawaiian Plants & Flowers

Bio: Keoni Bigno is our permaculture kumu (teacher). He integrates traditional knowledge through contemporary practices of regenerative organic agriculture and bioremediation. Keoni’s mission is to inspire environmental awareness, create sustainable and healthy communities, and restore balance to our ecosystems by teaching and preserving cultural and indigenous practices from his lineage and life experience.

Thursday, April 25th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

Site Specific Crop Selection with Tracy Matfin, Laakea Community

Learn to design food forest systems from the ground to the vines in the trees, and examine system applications from a sectors approach for those who are interested in more sustainable food systems and resiliency.

Bio: Tracy Matfin is an educator turned farmer, mother and permaculture instructor. She is a founding member of La’akea Community, www.permaculture-hawaii.com, where she has been living and experimenting with sustainability for over ten years. Tracy grew up in the S.F. bay area, CA. She studied enviromental science at U.C. Berkely, and went on to be a high school science teacher for a decade. Tracy excels in making education meaningful and retain-able through her use of real life examples and hands on projects. She has been teaching permaculture since 2010.

Thursday, April 18th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

PART 2 Cultivating and Propagating Beneficial Indigenous Micro Organisms with David Forsythe

In the 2nd part of this amazing class, we will dive deep into the esoteric realm of indigenous micro organisms. Learn how to cultivate these beneficial microbes to establish fungal networks in our gardens, farms, or food forests. We will be doing a hands on learning activity on how to make an indigenous micro organism pile to melt the rock into soil and awaken the ancient intelligence that is living on this island. Learn more about making Korean natural farming solutions, philosophies, and practices.

Bio: David Forsythe is a local natural farmer and educator. He has traveled to South Korea to study directly with the primary source of Korean natural farming knowledge ~ Master Han Kyu Cho. David’s mission is to share this natural farming knowledge with the community to empower local farmers and growers to build soil and make their own medicinal “fertilizers.” By partnering with the unseen world below we can reawaken the microbial intelligence in the soil to create food security, food sovereignty, and generational wealth for the future generations.

Thursday, April 11th 2019 – 9:00am-12:30pm

PART 1 Cultivating and Propagating Beneficial Indigenous Micro Organisms with David Forsythe

In this amazing class, we will dive deep into the esoteric realm of indigenous micro organisms. Learn how to cultivate these beneficial microbes to establish fungal networks in our gardens, farms, or food forests. We will be doing a hands on learning activity on how to make an indigenous micro organism pile to melt the rock into soil and awaken the ancient intelligence that is living on this island. Learn more about making Korean natural farming solutions, philosophies, and practices.

Bio: David Forsythe is a local natural farmer and educator. He has traveled to South Korea to study directly with the primary source of Korean natural farming knowledge ~ Master Han Kyu Cho. David’s mission is to share this natural farming knowledge with the community to empower local farmers and growers to build soil and make their own medicinal “fertilizers.” By partnering with the unseen world below we can reawaken the microbial intelligence in the soil to create food security, food sovereignty, and generational wealth for the future generations.

The Plant Aloha project is supported, in part, by
the County of Hawaii, Research & Development, and Island Naturals Market & Deli.

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