Nā Waihona, Technical Assistance Initiative
The Kohala Center
Value Chain Development
Provide collaborative technical assistance
Identify and create pathways to a more robust business service landscape for regional agricultural businesses. Expand and enhance relationships within Hawaiʻi's agricultural business support sector; pilot TA collaborations within existing support Hui (e.g., TA, Microfinance, Hawaii Good Food Alliance) to support enhanced service delivery; TA cohort hosted by Hawaii Investment Ready supporting circular economy businesses on Hawaiʻi Island; and the development of a Hawaii Good Food Fund to support the development and sustainability of food and agricultural businesses and organizations.
Waihona: indigenous and native Hawaiian canoe crops
Identify and expand pathways to increase the availability and consumption of canoe crop varietals in the region. Expand and enhance relationships within communities focusing on native and indigenous foods, and ʻ;āina–relationships both within and across organizations, with meaʻai themselves, and existing support Hui (e.g., He Lala Ola, Soil Health Initiative); and expanded programmatic work in this area across the island, including acreage in indigenous crops, agroforestry systems, and regenerative agricultural practices; collection, propagation, and distribution of canoe crops and indigenous crops and their mo‘olelo; and families developing relationship with, growing, and preserving these crops and kūpuna.