As part of our mission to cultivate community stewardship and restoration of cultural landscapes, Ka Ipu Makani began stewarding Kaupapaloʻi o Kaʻamola, a loʻipunawai (spring-fed irrigated pondfield), located within the ahupuaʻa of Kaʻamola on the southeast end of Molokaʻi. The loʻipunawai is an integral part of Kaʻamola's kahakai (coastal) resource and production zone, emptying directly into Kainaohe - a 17.2 acre loko iʻa (fishpond). This nearshore ecosystem is unique in that it is the only functional loʻi to loko iʻa on the island of Molokaʻi, providing traditional ʻai (starch) and iʻa (fish/protein) food systems. The Kāwao Kaʻamola program aims to restore loʻipūnāwai within the Kaʻamola Ahupuaʻa, while reconnecting Molokaʻi ʻohana (families) to traditional loʻipūnāwai cultivation and stewardship practices. Ka Ipu Makani began stewarding this area in 2015 and has since reopened 20 traditional loʻi and provided educational and service opportunities to community members and students.
"Kalo kanu o ka ʻāina. Natives of the land from generations back"