Planting Hope at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola (KHAKO)

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds;Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”


In 2012 we decided to take on what seemed to be an impossible project. Turning a sand-pit/drainage ditch behind the Homeless Resource Center into a thriving garden. Being the dreamer that I am, I was thrilled to show the site to other community members and farm-experts thinking they would see the vision and want to get on board immediately.

It was a major reality check when one person after another left the site trying to talk me out of doing it- telling me it was impossible and even saying that it could “ruin my reputation as a Permaculturist” as “Nothing will ever grow there…it’s a drainage ditch and it’s only going to drain money, resources and time”. No one wanted to help- no matter how excited I was, or how many drawings and visions I painted…I couldn’t get any experts on board.

Right as I reached my point of despair…a little angel showed up out of the blue….and she asked if she could help. The moment those words left her lips…it was as if the spell was broken. All of the a words spoken just hours earlier broke off. To see this 8 year old girl standing before me…with a willingness and a desire to help…with a desire to see and believe in the vision even when no one else would….It gave me all the hope I needed.

I got chills when i asked her name…and she held out her hand and said….”my name is Destiny.” And so…this is the story of what happens…when Destiny meets a drainage ditch…:) and little by little the community begins to activate, to awaken, to show up, to grow and strengthen a little more each week. This is truly a Revolution disguised as a Garden…. Deep gratitude to Rhiannon Chandler, Dr Lorrin Pang, for believing that the greatest impact we can make in improving the health of our communities in need- is to go there and to build bridges, to bring in access to mentors, to healthy food, to alternatives, and help them to empower themselves- to recognize their own potential. This project couldn’t have happened without Rae’s vision, dedication and love nor could it have happened without the amazing CPPW grant which got it started. Now we are in the place of what happens after the grants end…it is a powerful journey indeed.

ALL children should have access to healthy-locally grown food Safe-spaces The wisdom and wonder of the Natural World

Tuesdays at the Khako Garden are for Growing…for outdoor education, for play, for exploration, for building self-esteem, for learning about the natural world, and for building deeper connections with the land, each other and ourselves.

For children that face a lot of instability in their lives, the garden offers a space that feels consistent, stable, reliable and safe. Every week they show up, and each week is a little different. But what is always the same, is that the children enter the garden in silence…for 2 minutes, to just observe the natural world, to come back to center, to reflect and to listen…and to recognize the garden as a sacred space.

Each week, the garden day opens with circle-sharing time- a moment for the kids to share whatever they want to share about their observations, or about their day, or about something they want to talk about or get off their chest. This garden is a safe space, a space that offers and teaches respect, and listening, and connection. Circle time is a time of sharing without shame, for finding their voice, and feeling supported and validated and heard.

Please contact us if you would like to join us on Tuesdays in the garden.  Our mission is to effectively use this time to create bridges and bring in access to the arts, sciences, music, Hawaiian studies, Hula, Story-telling, self-esteem building, after-school tutoring, mentorship, alternative healing modalities, and nutrition. We will begin posting our schedule of events here- so stay tuned.

Currently the schedule is as follows:

8:30-10:30 morning Head Start program in the garden (reading, healthy-snacks, garden activity, art activity each week)

10:30-12:30 KHAKO day-care group (reading, healthy snacks, garden activity, art activity)

12:30-2:00 Break and set up for afterschool group

2:30-6:00- Afterschool program in the garden

6:00-6:30 clean up

We would love to have you join us. Please contact us below or contact for more details. Thank you

Rebekah KubyKhako