After successfully piloting a mentoring program at Laupahoehoe, Hawai‘i we expanded the program to reach familes in Wai‘anae, Oahu. In 2009, we began funding a youth mentoring project focused on three primary activities: the science of natural farming, carpentry skills, and the tradition of ‘imu cooking. These activities all promote an active and healthy lifestyle the students and their families will be able to continue throughout their lives. This program aims to provide students and their families with the skills and self-esteem to help lift them out of poverty.
Students learned how to plant, grow, harvest, and take vegetables to market. The students used a combination of new and traditional techniques to grow crops without the use of pesticides.
Under professional supervision and using industrial tools and techniques the students were able to learn and construct small projects.
Traditional ‘Imu Cooking
‘Imu cooking is an important part of Hawaiian culture and tradition. The communal nature of the process brings everyone together for both work and celebration.