Kohala Institute

53-580 Iole Road Kapaau, HI 96755
Hawaii

The nonprofit organization Kohala Institute manages about 2,400 acres in North Kohala including one of the island’s few remaining intact ahupuaa, called Iole. Ahupuaa – traditional pie-shaped land divisions stretching from the mountain to the ocean – reflect balanced natural resource management practices employed by Hawaii’s indigenous peoples which enabled them to sustain their thriving communities. Having an entire ahupuaa with a single owner in today’s world, and being able to utilize its system of natural resources, is rare.