One of HAAM’s principal goals is to furnish every willing household with a papa ku‘i ‘ai and pohaku ku‘i ‘ai, which are hallmarks of our commitment to the perpetuation of Hawai‘i’s unique culture and the value of mālama i ka ‘āina (caring for the land). The pohaku and papa ku‘i‘ai can be understood as the brick and mortar of Hawaiian food justice. By meeting and fueling the demand for pohaku and papa ku‘i‘ai, we also provide momentum for the broader food justice and malama ‘aina movement to produce kalo for local needs. Tied to this larger vision is the resulting physical and cultural health of our communities.
In addition to our direct sales of taro and paʻiʻai, HAAM engages in community education through the creation of ku’I clubs and kaholo ku’i workshops. We have founded and continue to support the operations of three O‘ahu-based ku‘i clubs – Kamehameha Schools, Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, and Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao – and are continuing our efforts to establish clubs at Kapolei, Wai‘anae and Castle High Schools, Halau Lokahi Public Charter School and St. Louis High School. On the island of Moloka‘i, we have partnered with Manahulu School, and, on Hawai‘i Island, with Tutu Sam Liʻa’s Puʻuhonua o Napoʻopoʻo Waipiʻo. The taro we cultivate will in support the continuation of these clubs as well as the start-up of new ones.