Waimea Hawaiian Homesteaders' Association
The farming programs initiated by WHHA to increase healthy food production did not envision an outcome that is just beginning in our community. The Covid 19 pandemic will hurt many communities, but we believe WHHA has prepared for this, and is making itself available to the community by providing healthy foods through both the native Hawaiian Farmers, as well as other small Farmers in the community at large. Keeping these farmers, ranchers and fisherman going has been the priority. Providing an “Umeke ‘Ai” or Food Basket of staple foods for our needy native population of 9,000 has become the secondary objective of the program. And finally, opening up the program to ALL residence in the geographical areas of Waimea Nui, Kawaihae and Kohala.
This pilot program has two major projected outcomes:
1. Purchasing fresh produce from Waimea Community Farmers to keep these farms and employees from being unemployed or the farm business collapsing during these hard times were most farm incomes have been reduced by 85%.
2. Provide healthy nutritional foods to our community at a much discounted price during this unprecedented times.
What's in the Basket?
1# Beef, 1# Fresh Fish, 1# Pork, Kalo, Uala, Tomato, Lettuce, Mamaki Tea
$20 for 8 weeks = $ 160
Every Saturday morning for the next 8 weeks at Kuhio Hale Hall from 8 am to 12. The pick-up point and times will be in conjunction with the Kuhio Hale Homestead farmer’s market on the lanai and additional produce will be made available for purchase at the market.
This program is being coordinated by WHHAI and the many native Hawaiian volunteers of the Waimea Nui Region. Funding has been made available for this program by WHHAI, the Dorrance Foundation, Richard Smart Foundation and the Omidyar Foundation.