Slow Press – September 26, 2023

Kōkua Learning Farm Tour – September 30, 2023

Join us on Saturday, September 30, at Kōkua Learning Farm in Haleʻiwa for a farm tour and workday with the Slow Food Oʻahu community! Get your hands in the soil, help grow, and learn more about the farm, then mingle with volunteers afterward during our potluck.

Covering seven acres with a variety of eco-zones, the Kōkua Learning Farm showcases diverse aspects of our local food system. Run by the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Kim and Jack Johnson, the farm provides hands-on learning experiences to cultivate lifelong stewards of the earth.

The Kōkua Learning Farm includes production fields, an orchard, a Hawaiian garden (in development), loʻi, native-constructed wetlands, ʻĀINA In Schools demonstration gardens, a compost area, and more. Workday projects may include but are not limited to: mulching, weeding, trimming, planting, and harvesting. Supervised keiki are welcome. 

All participants must sign the registration and waiver.

Kōkua Learning Farm
66-71 Achiu Lane
Haleʻiwa, HI 96712


9:00 a.m. Arrival, Check-in
9:15 a.m. Opening Circle
9:30 a.m. Farm Work
10:30 a.m. Tour
11:30 a.m. Potluck Lunch (optional)

We invite you to bring and share a potluck lunch with the Slow Food group. The farm has a covered area and picnic tables for our use. We ask that you provide your own water, cups, plates, utensils, etc. to minimize waste.

After the workday, we encourage you to check out The Kōkua General Store, their low-waste, refill, and vintage goods store. Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation will be hosting a mending workshop that day with Sustainable Rosalee (flyer attached).


The farm parking entrance will be on Achiu Lane. Turn onto Achiu Lane from Kamehameha Hwy, drive past a few houses on your right, and then turn right onto the farm through the open metal Farm Gate. There will be someone there to guide you to the parking area.

To Bring

  • Two (2) filled water bottles (we are trying to limit the use of the water cooler for refilling bottles for COVID-19 safety)
  • Garden gloves (if you have them)
  • Covered shoes or work boots (very important!)
  • Sun protection (hat, reef-safe sunscreen)
  • Mosquito protection (optional)

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation COVID-19 Visitor Policy as of August 12, 2022

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation follows the City and County of Honolulu and State of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 guidelines. By participating in any Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation program or event, participants commit to following all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Parents/Chaperones: All minors under the age of 13 attending the workday must be accompanied by an adult. We will assign appropriate work activities for you to do together, but you are responsible for determining whether your child(ren) may participate and for ensuring their safety.

Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed at Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s Haleʻiwa site, which includes Kōkua Learning Farm and other outdoor areas, Kōkua General Store, Kōkua Community Center, ʻĀINA Farm Stand, and KHF Offices.


Please reach out to Slow Food Oʻahu board member Monica Lee.

Introducing Slow Sips Pau Hana!


Unwind from the week and meet friends of the Slow Food community at our new pau hana series: Slow Sips!

Want to meet fellow food lovers? Join Slow Food Oʻahu on Friday, October 6, 2023 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a casual gathering at Kalihi Beer. We’re starting a new pau hana series called Slow Sips to bring together our Slow Food community.

This is a low-key event – come to learn more about our organization, explore the selection of refreshing beers and delicious grinds, and mingle with like-minded friends who are dedicated to good, clean, fair food. 

Have ideas for future programs? Interested in getting involved in the Slow Food movement? Like to know more about it? Or just want to enjoy some tasty brews and burgers? Join us!

There will be a cash bar and full menu available for ordering – including their famous smash burgers. Bring a friend, and enjoy a great brewery and fun company!

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