Our mission is to restore the traditional strength of our community by supporting sustainability, saving the ‘aina, creating local jobs, providing job training, encouraging Hawaiian values, and supporting project based learning.
Imagine if there was a centrally located place where people could take their stuff to be fixed, instead of just throwing it away. One location with different re-building centers, each restoring and selling items. Vocational training occuring with students from the local schools and community college. Live music and performances occuring at the Performing Arts center. Vendors, artists, farmers and crafters with their micro-businesses setup around the central mound. A place where people can come and do their thing, a place to lift ourselves up.
All of this in one place, where people can learn from each others ideas, and share the knowledge, Hawaiian style!
Kamahalo Ka’uhane, Executive Director
Kamahalo’s ancestors, both Hawaiian and Chinese, have worked Kauai lands for generations, from Wainiha, to the rice lands of Kapaa. Kamahalo is a founding board member for Kanuikapono Public Charter School in Anahola and currently serves on their local school board. Kamahalo is also a board member of the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association. Recently, Kamahalo assisted families with building of their own homes as part of DHHL’s Pi’ilani Mai Ke Kai subdivision. After witnessing firsthand the changes that a good education and affordable housing can make for our local families, Kamahalo was inspired by the opportunity to create a place for skills training, perpetuation of Hawaiian values, and the development of local jobs. As Executive Director, Kamahalo is responsible for leading and directing our diverse group of operations and staff.
Erik Burton, Operations Director
Erik comes from Santa Cruz, California, where he grew up in a surf community, and had a successful career in sales and marketing with over 20 years of experience. On Kauai he started and ran a successful property services company, and assisted Kamahalo with the Pi’ilani Mai Ke Kai project in Anahola. His personal interests include helping to identify and preserve the remaining varieties of traditional Hawaiian bananas. In addition, he enjoys researching ancient Hawaiian land use practices here on Kauai. As Operations Director, Erik is responsible for supporting new business units, day to day operations, and strategic planning initiatives.