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.
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 attention on 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
Protecting ʻĀina (through Conservation Easements)
We are raising funds to purchase 240 acres in Waiehu to create a Pu'uhonua for Hawaiian agriculture and Polynesian food crops. The land is being sold for $3.5million and we are asking DLNR Legacy Land Conservation Program for funding to keep this Prime Ag land in Ag. Our portion to raise is $800,000. We have a long way to go but we won't stop till we succeed. Mahalo to my fellow founders of the Living Pono Project Mercer Vicens, Anella Saito-Takabayashi, Cory Vicens, Chana Makale'a Dudoit Ane, Renee Vega, Maleko Uchimura, Darlene Vicens Ane, and Kahai Ane.
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