We believe that to grow for the future, we must learn from the past. Generations of Hawaiians before us proved to be master agriculturalists who were able to feed themselves using their island resources. By approaching farming from a native perspective, we strive to not only nourish our community, but also foster a cultural connection that feeds people’s naʻau (heart).
Polipoli Farms is in Waiehu, Maui. This town is part of a larger area once considered Maui's breadbasket.
The farm is situated within the Nā Wai ʻEhā ("The Four Great Rivers") region, which is known for its abundance of fresh water. An ʻauwai (stream ditch) runs through this area.
When we arrived on this ʻāina, it was covered in thick and towering guinea grass.
As we cleared the land to prepare for farming, we were overjoyed to find that the traditional terraces used for growing kalo (taro) were still intact!
Ancient Hawaiian mahiʻai (farmers) naturally practiced what we now call regenerative agriculture—that is, leaving it better than before.
We aim to honor this indigenous wisdom, one seed at a time.