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Olohana Foundation


Cultivating community resilience around food, energy, water,

and knowledge systems. 

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Olohana Foundation


Cultivating community resilience around food, energy, water,

and knowledge systems. 

Building Resilience through relationship

Olohana Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps communities build resilience and adapt to climate change by strengthening relationships between the generations, between cultures, and with the natural environment. Together we help set up local food, energy, water, and knowledge systems.  Olohana means all hands working together. It is through our focus on working relationship and community values that we bring together diverse skillets and knowledge to cultivate community resilience in natural and long-lasting ways.   

Knowledge Systems

The indigenous and science communities each have knowledge and ways of learning that are unique and complimentary. Similarly, each generation possess particular knowledge and experience of value. Olohana fosters these cross-cultural and intergenerational knowledge systems to build community resilience.  

Indigenous Knowledge and Environment (IKE) Hui

Intergenerational Transfer of Knowledge (ITK™) process.

Food, Energy and Water Systems

The voice of indigenous communities is clear, the heart of community natural hazard resilience and climate adaptation is food security. 

Olohana's Food Forest Projects help model resilience and increase food security for communities throughout our islands.

Olohana actively works with the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (COUP)  and University of Hawaii Schidler School of Business to develop community food-energy systems for tribal and indigenous communities around the world.   

Community Training and Social Enterprise

Olohana partners with University of Hawaii Schidler School of Business to help communities establish micro-enterprises align with their community values and goals.

Projects


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Projects


Native Expert Advisory Council (NEAC) 

Olohana works with our partners, such as the NOAA Pacific Services Center and the PRiMO Indigenous Knowledge and Environment (IKE) Hui, to organize and support an native expert advisory council (NEAC) comprised of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, and Native Alaskans committed to forwarding our society’s understanding of climate change and variability through multi-generational knowledge systems and modern science. The native expert advisory council (NEAC) contributed to the National Climate Assessment and the Rising Voices Rising Voices National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Workshop in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Inter-generational Transfer of Knowledge  (ITK)

Olohana works with communities to help them pass on knowledge between the generations using the ITK™ process.

Olohana also works through the PRiMO Indigenous Knowledge and Environment Hui to help bring an indigenous voice to efforts such as the National Climate Assessment.

 

International Native Science Research Center

The Native Science Research Center (NSRC) enables professors, students and communities from around the world to work together to advance indigenous and local knowledge and scientific research around climate change and weather systems.  All knowledge systems and knowledge generated are developed for the purpose of serving and advancing tribal, indigenous and native peoples. Haskell Foundation (501.c.3) in partnership with Haskell Native American University houses and administers NSRC. Olohana Foundation and our partners, such as Pasifika Foundation and the University of Hawaii Shidler Business College Pacific Business Programs, support the center by coordinating the participation of a native advisory council and assisting with solicitation of grant and social enterprise opportunities to support the research center’s activities as they benefit local communities.

Community Resilience Training

Huaka'i & Blue Trails

Olohana partners with the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail and the Makali'i Polynesian Voyaging Society to offer community resilience and climate adaptation planning. 

The ITK™ Resilience Training Program uses a place-based learning model comprised of a land-based component (maha’ai) and a nearshore-based component (‘aukai) aimed at helping to increase a community's capacity to impart critical skills and knowledge to initiate their youth as key players in addressing natural disaster and climate-related challenges anticipated to increase over the coming generations.

Food Forests 

Olohana partners with local farms, community and conservation lands around our islands to set-up food forest systems. This network of food forest aims to increase the food security for our communities. 

Olohana partners with the Shidler School of Business around opportunities to support the Pacific Breadfruit Initiative and Ulu (breadfruit) summits discussing the health and community economic development benefits of ulu for the Polynesia, Melanesian, and Micronesian people.