Ka Honua Momona, Intl.

A model of sustainability mauka a makai


Ka Honua Momona offers several programs built on our five core principles: Ho’ewe (Cultural Rootedness), Kahu Ho’īlina (Environmental Stewardship), Kūka’i Ka Hā (Intergeneration Exchange), Ka ‘Imi ‘Ike (Lifelong Learning), and Mahuaola (Health and Wellbeing).

Mālama I Nā Loko I’a
KHM cares for two 15th-century traditional Hawaiian fishponds located along Molokai’s south shore. Both ponds are just under 30 acres in size with approximately 25% of the pond basin covered with invasive mangroves. Restoration activities include removing invasive species, rebuilding our kuapā (retaining rock wall), fixing our makahā (sluice gates), restocking and replanting native species, and monitoring water quality and sedimentation levels.

Ola O Loko Internships (Youth Ages 18-24)
A key part of KHM’s strategy to achieve sustainability is to nurture the next generation of young leaders in conservation and fishpond restoration. KHM offers year round internships for youth ages 18-24 which provides training in Hawaiian cultural protocol, fishpond restoration, water quality monitoring and data tracking, hosting educational groups, and engaging in community outreach.

Visiting Groups
KHM offers an array of hands-on, educational activities for schools and other visiting groups. Each group’s visit is tailored to the age and ability of participants, as well as the needs and interests of the group. For more information, or to schedule a visit, please check out our visiting groups page.

Community Work Days
KHM hosts a monthly community work day (CWD) at the fishponds focused on invasive species removal and rock wall restoration. CWDs take place on the third saturday of each month from 9:00am to noon.

Nuakea (Families & Ages 0-8)
KHM’s Nuakea program serves breastfeeding mothers and their families through an intensive 31-day program focused on nutrition utilizing traditional foods, cultural practices and knowledge related to breastfeeding, and building supportive networks. In addition to the intensive program, ‘ohana with children ages 0-8 are also invited to participate in workshops throughout the year.

Molokai Climate Change Collaboration
KHM has recently launched the Molokai Climate Change Collaboration Project, which seeks to bring together Hawaii’s leading climate change scientists, and Molokai’s traditional fishpond and natural resource managers, to begin a dialogue about the current and future impacts of climate change on our fishponds, ahupua’a, and beloved island home—Molokai.

Molokai Mo’olelo Project
For the past two years, KHM has been working with Molokai kūpuna to compile a selection of our most renowned mo’olelo (stories) to be published in a book for Molokai’s keiki and ‘opio.