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 skill-sets and knowledge to cultivate community resilience in natural and long-lasting ways.
The indigenous and scientific communities each have knowledge and ways of learning that are unique and complementary. Similarly, each generation possesses particular knowledge and experience. Knowledge is cultivated through processes and systems.
Olohana works with communities using the Inter-Generational Transfer of Knowledge™ process, facilitating the sharing of knowledge from one generation to the next, and bringing an indigenous voice to efforts such as the National Climate Assessment, and the environmental sustainability work of the Indigenous Knowledge and Environment (IKE) Hui, Huaka’i & Blue Trails, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail Association, the Makali’i Polynesian Voyaging Society, and other organizations.
Food, Energy, and Water Systems
The voice of indigenous communities rings loud and clear: The heart of community natural hazard resilience and climate adaptation is food security. Olohana’s food forest projects are models of capacity- and sustainability-building in communities throughout our islands.
Olohana partners with such institutions as the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business to help communities establish micro-enterprises that are aligned with their community values and goals.
Community Training and Social Enterprise
Olohana and our partners provide training and educational opportunities that empower the community and align with its communal values and goals. Programs focus on multi-scale agroforestry; food and energy security; economic development; women and family empowerment; historical, cultural, and environmental protection; disaster preparedness; and climate-change mitigation.