Best Things To Do on Maui: Visit or Volunteer at the Mahele Farm

Mahele Farm - Banana Bunches

Mahele Farm - Banana Bunches

The Mahele Farm is Hāna's Community Farm. "Mahele" means to share, divide, or apportion equally, and the mission statement of this community farm is “to operate a productive community farm that serves as an educational, sustainable, and healthy food resource for the isolated Hāna, Maui region”.

The farm started in 2010 as a collaboration between Kahanu Garden (National Tropical Botanical Garden), Hāna School's Agricultural program, and Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke.

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is Hāna School's building and construction program that helps at-risk youth grow real life skills and job training. Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke means, "in working, one learns”. Mahele Farm uses this concept during farm work, community-building and educational activities. The Mahele Farm seeks to improve the well-being of the community, perpetuate a self-sufficient rural lifestyle, and put healthy, delicious food on Maui’s tables

In order to foster a fun, social environment for the community to participate in and learn about farming on Maui, the Farm is open to volunteers two days a week (Tuesdays and Fridays). We highly recommend that you contact Mahele Farm prior to visiting at mahele.farm@gmail.com to make arrangements.

On Tuesdays, the farm is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Produce is distributed on an honor system. You take out what you put in. A delicious potluck-style farm lunch is provided for volunteers. If you plan on coming around lunch, please bring a contribution towards lunch. All ages and gardening experience levels are welcome, and you should plan for staying at least two hours.

On Fridays, the farm is open from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon. Volunteers should arrive before 10:00am to be part of the harvest and work project after. Simple and fun for all ages.

Mahele Farm grows fruits, roots, and vegetables year-round, depending on the season and rotation of growing plots. Crops include: kalo (taro), ʻuala (sweet potato), cassava (tapioca), Asian greens (kai choi, wong bok, tatsoi, mizuna, pac choi, hon sai tai), lettuce, carrot, beets, green onion, kale, chard, cilantro, basil, laupele (tongan spinach), pumpkin, pipinola, chili pepper, beans (bush, long, four corner, pole), papaya, maiʻa (banana), radish, eggplant, katuk, ginger, turmeric, tomato, poha berry, kalamungay (moringa), dill, oregano, mamaki, lemongrass, arugula, and much more.