LIVING PONO PROJECT

Growing Futures for All

Mission

The Living Pono Project's mission is to revitalize our Hawaiian culture though education, outreach, and environmental restoration. We provide educational resources to k-12 students with an emphasis on perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. We also provide work related postsecondary education and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. The LPP is inspired and guided by many core Hawaiian values, especially the Aloha spirit and being Pono. The founders of LPP believe that as the people of Hawaii we have a responsibility to take care of our people and the aina so that future generations of Native Hawaiians and islanders can thrive.

Core Values
Kuleana: Being responsible for, ourselves, each other, and the land
Pono: Practicing and working with integrity in every endeavor
Ohana: Family, caring, nurturing and inspiring one another
Malama 'Aina: Serve as good stewards of the land with the goal of sustainability
Laulima: Working collaboratively with each other
Aloha: Respecting each and every one of us as equals
Kokua: Being thankful for one another, our providers, and community
Ka Lā Hiki Ola: Instilling hope and promise among those around us

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mercer Vicens

Executive Director

Neal Hoapili Ane

Main address

2465 Waipua St

Paia, HI 96779 USA

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EIN

45-5263880

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Employment Training (J22)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kupa'aina Explorations Program

This program allows students to participate in cultural activities outside of the school setting. We assist students in developing cultural values and awareness of the Hawaiian culture.

​Program Objectives:
1. Acquire knowledge & skills of Hawaii’s cultural heritage
2. Participate in Hawaiian cultural activities in an interactive and hands on setting.
3. Develop, cultivate, and embody Hawaiian values of being pono, lau lima, aloha, ohana.
4. Care for and recognize the importance of preserving Hawaii’s unique environment

Population(s) Served

Nearly 90% of the food available in Hawai‘i is imported and the number of farms in the state and across the U.S. is declining while the average age of farmers is increasing. This year, in Maui, the Hawaii Commercial and Sugar company also announced the closure of their plantation, leaving more than 800 farm hands displaced and out of work. The time is now to capture this workforce, provide training, resources, and opportunity to start their own farms and provide food for Maui County.

In partnership with Ho'oulu 'Aina Farms we seek to establish a Beginning Farmer Development Program dedicated to training new and displaced farming families on Maui and inspiring island youth to consider careers in agriculture. We would like to model this program after The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program located on Hawaii Island. The Kohala Center has created an amazing facility that provides programs and services solely for beginning farmers and ranchers on the the Big Island. The Living Pono Project and Ho’oulu ‘Aina Farms recognizes that these services are in dire need here on Maui. We will create a 240 acre integrated farm system in Wailuku, Maui dedicated to motivating and training the next generation of farmers by providing our own services and programs that increase local food production, decrease dependency on imports, connect Maui schools to fresh produce, diversify Maui’s rural economy, create jobs, and moves Hawai‘i toward greater food self-reliance.

We will host specialized trainings and workshops that covers a wide range of critical subject areas such as managing soil health and fertility; crop nutrition; pest management; business planning, and marketing. In addition to the workshops, trainings, and hands-on field days Ho’oulu ‘Aina Farms is partnering with the Living Pono Plantation to provide programs for adults with disabilities, and at-risk youth, and the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Population(s) Served

The Living Pono Project and Malama Service Dog Program is an example of a partnership that addresses the specific cultural aspects of a person with TBI living in the State of Hawaii through training and education of disabled persons while providing specific assistance to persons with traumatic brain injury through the use of service dogs. The goal of merging the Living Pono Project with the Malama Service Dog Program is to allow a person with TBI to successfully live and work in Hawaii and to avoid unnecessary or inappropriate institutional placement or even worse, out of state placement.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Living Pono Project endeavors to create a Pu'u Honua or Bread Basket for Hawaiian agriculture where people come to heal and be connected with their land and culture.

Create a whole farm system and business model that integrates three (3) novel proven sustainable technologies in an integrated system to increase crop yield, create a closed system for nutrient cycling, and produce value-added agricultural products. This system can then be replicated and implemented on other islands within the state of Hawai'i and abroad. This site will also host workshops for beginning farmers to implement this system on their farm as well as participate in additional workshops and trainings to start their own farm or to integrate sustainable practices at their current farm.

The Living Pono Project has partnered with Ho'oulu 'Aina Farms (HAF) to run and operate the 240 acre farm. HAF owner Neal H. Ane has extensive knowledge in kalo cultivation, ranching, and management experience. With his ability to work with local stakeholders, community groups, and county officials this project has the potential to become a Pu'u Honua. Ho'oulu 'Aina farms will also work closely with Bobby Pahia who has 30 years of taro cultivation, was a CTAHR researcher on taro, and has 68 acres of kalo planted on the Maui Tropical Plantation with a contract to increase production to 500 acres. Chana Ane has taught 'Aina based activities for 13 years with Kamehameha Schools, Hakupu'u Learning Center, and the Living Pono Project's Kupuaaina Explorations program.

LPP has developed a network of business that participate in our job training programs and employ peoples with disabilities in sustainable agriculture and Hawaiian Culture eco-tour business. We have planted 14 acres of traditional Polynesian crops that service local communities with culturally significant foods to nourish our island both physically and culturally.

Financials

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LIVING PONO PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 9/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mercer Vicens


Board co-chair

Anella Saito-Takabayashi

Catholic Charities

Term: 2010 -

Mercer Vicens

LPP

Anella Saito-Takabaiashi

LPP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No