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Mission: To restore waipa's vibrant natural systems and resources, and inspire healthy, thriving communities connected to their resources.

Programs: Served over 150 children and youth from the local community in programs weekly afterschool, on weekends, intersession and summer breaks. Programs focused on leadership, enrichment, community building, life and work skills, academics and hawaiian cultural values and practice. Provided programs in 2016 for over 3,000 children, youth, and lifelong learners in groups from beyond the local community, focusing on enrichment, academics, leadership, hawaiian culture, and the connection between people and the natural world. Managed and actively maintained 50 acres of land, resources, and facilities at waipa as learning sites for programs, both to increase participants' health and to provide food and materials for waipa's programs. Learning sites included two reforestation sites, a stream restoration site, lo'i kalo (taro fields), two vegetable gardens, one fishpond, fruit orchards, a greenhouse/plant nursery, and six campsites. Sold produce during the year from waipa's taro fields and gardens and fed its volunteers and program participants. Hosted community volunteers on quarterly workdays to assist with the maintenance of its learning and work sites, and on weekly poithursdays. Monitored the stream and stream restoration site. During 2016 waipa foundation facilitated use of its new facilities, its community kitchen and hale imu, welcoming food entrepreneurs, creating classes and workshops as training opportunities, and creating value added waipa products for sale. Waipa implemented two major festivals on site: its annual mango and music festival in august, and a kalo festival in december, which drew close to 4,000 attendees from the community, including over 50 vendors at each event. Its weekly farmers market on tuesday afternoons once again welcomed over 20,000 individuals during the year. Waipa's weekly poi making and distribution, held on thursdays and facilitated and ran by waipa foundation staff and an estimated 30-50 volunteers weekly, made and distributed over 60,000 lbs of poi during the year.

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