Kumano I Ke Ala is a 501c3, non-profit organization located on Kauaʻi in the ʻili of Kakalae, ahupuaʻa of Makaweli in the moku of Kona.
Makaweli Valley is located on west side of the island and was once home to a thriving agricultural community where loʻi kalo (wetland taro patches) flourished. As time has passed, the industry of mahi ʻai kalo (taro farming) and other traditional forms of Native Hawaiian agriculture has diminished greatly. However, as there is an increasing need for food security throughout Hawaiʻi and communities are clamoring to find ways to implement sustainable means of agriculture, the footprint of what once was in this valley still exists.
Aloha ʻĀina is a term that translates to “love for the land.” It is a principle that Native Hawaiians embraced because the land is regarded as the highest chief; the ultimate provider and it is the source for everything that defines Native Hawaiians. Thus, we must love the land in order to flourish as a people. Aloha ʻĀina is the core value of Kumano I Ke Ala that provides the foundation for its creation and expected growth.
Kumano I Ke Ala is the fiscal sponsor of Kilohana Canoe Club; managed by Kaina Makua. The intent of the Kilohana Canoe Club is to provide Waimea and west Kauai youth with ecosystem education from mauka (mountains) to makai (sea). Providing them with gaining a better understanding of the Native Hawaiian historical ahupuaʻa and the relationship between mauka ecosystem and shoreline ecosystem.
Kumano I Ke Ala has a stewardship agreement with the County of Kauai. The intent of the stewardship agreement is for Panaʻewa, the makai side of the park that has been the home to Kilohana Canoe Club for 29+ years. Kumano I Ke Ala and the Kilohana Canoe Club are committed to stewarding the lands of Panaʻewa.