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Iwikua

Iwikua was founded in 2015 with a mission and vision to serve as an educational resource for sustainable food production, wellness, and cultural exchange programs to benefit the community of West Kaua’i and future generations.

Benefiting the community of West Kaua’i and future generations

Iwikua was founded in 2015 with a mission and vision to serve as an educational resource for sustainable food production, wellness, and cultural exchange programs to benefit the community of West Kaua’i and future generations.

Iwikua’s programming spans three areas to address the multifaceted needs of our community: 

  • Secure and sustainable food sources (Na Mahi Hoʻokō Aʻe)

  • Physical and mental well-being for the individual and community (Makana Training Center)

  • Cultural exchanges to create shared experiences with other indigenous communities (Indigenous Warriors Initiative - IWI Camp) 

All pillars of programming work cohesively to create a full-circle community intervention. We believe that spiritual and cultural health, physical fitness, access to healthy food, and connection to land are integral components of a thriving, well-rounded, and contributing community member.

Iwikua has undergone remarkable growth throughout 2022 and 2023. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to build the capacity to support our wide breadth of programming. Our farm is flourishing, and we are currently in the process of creating new infrastructure to double our food production capabilities. This year, Makana Training Center has an exciting lineup of programs. These include three community races, the Iwikua Hoops Camp and the Iwikua Track Camp. Additionally, we have provided essential renovations to improve our facility. IWI Camp has already welcomed two groups of students for culturally immersive exchanges. The first group, ranging in age from 12 to 17, visited from Oakland through a collaborative community partner known as Acta Non Verba. The second group consisted of college-aged indigenous students from Montana State University. These experiences have provided unique opportunities for these students to engage with our West Kauaʻi youth and community and its rich cultural heritage.