ʻIliʻilikauhale deals directly with our 63-acre parcel being leased from Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate in Heʻeia. This is the center of our educational and community programming, our administrative center, and a test site for economic sustainability projects.

Our goal is to restore relevant aspects of the kauhale system of human and natural resource management to our 63 acre Heʻeia parcel and use this model in the development of curriculum and the implementation of educational programs.

Starting literally from the ground up, our development process has begun with clearing vegetation to re-establish irrigated and dry-land gardens as well as areas to naturalize stands of native vegetation. In many ways, this is building the foundation of our program, as these gardens provide an excellent learning opportunity for everyone and will therefore be at the core of our curriculum and programming for the next couple of years.

Another keystone in the development of our program is the recognition and care of special places and spiritually significant sites on the ʻāina. Many of these wahi pana has already been recognized and protocols are in place to utilize and preserve them. We also look to add wahi pana where the need arises.

ʻIliʻilikauhale invites anyone and everyone, from keiki to kupuna, to kōkua in restoring the beauty and spirit of Waipao for future generations.

Weʻre Hiring!

POSITION TITLE: ʻĀina Stewardship/ Learning Assistant
REPORTS TO: ʻIliʻilikauhale ʻĀina Coordinator
STATUS: Full-time. One year position and continuation contingent on funding availability.
PAID: $ 16.00/hr.
WORK HOURS: M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm, occasional weekends
BENEFITS: Gain experience in and contribute to the dynamic and innovative field of mālama ʻāina based education. Medical and dental offered. Paid time off: Holiday.
An entry level position, the ʻĀina Stewardship & Learning Assistant supports the care and cultivation of ʻāina and the maintenance of equipment/facilities, while contributing to the implementation of learning programs and activities for Papahana Kuaola. This position supports the continual improvement of learning spaces and materials in order to positively impact kanaka and ʻāina in alignment with the mission and goals of the organization.

Position Duties & Responsibilities
1. Maintains and improves ʻāina, facilities, and equipment to organizational expectations.
2. Supports delivery of learning activities and materials.
3. Assumes other responsibilities as needed and/or assigned by the ʻIliʻilikauhale ʻĀina
Coordinator or Director.

Primary Qualifications
A. Education: None required.
B. Experience: Any experience indicative of a growing interest in mālama ʻāina and learning
through work on ʻāina.
C. Knowledge: Familiarity with Hawaiian history, culture, and resource management.
D. Abilities and Skills: Good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work efficiently as a member of a team. Ability to communicate at a basic level in the Hawaiian language.
E. Other: Position involves significant and sustained physical activity.

Preferred Qualifications
Proficient in written and spoken Hawaiian language. Experience as a cultural practitioner and working
with Native Hawaiian learners. following qualities:
Additionally, the ideal candidate to this position exhibits most/all of the
Friendly and approachable
Positive attitude and growth mindset
Able to offer and receive critical feedback in a graceful way Places priority on commitments
Enjoys working with children
Fundamental commitment to aloha ʻāina
Experience in ʻāina-focused cultural practice
Broad cultural skills and knowledge
Experience in specific cultural practice(s)
Interpersonal Capacity
Connection to ʻĀina Connection to Culture
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For inquiries, contact logan@papahanakuaola.org.
To apply, submit a cover letter and a résumé of no more than 2 pages to logan@papahanakuaola.org. There is no application deadline for this position. Applications will be accepted and evaluated as they are received. Qualified applicants will progress to an interview, and applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will be notified by email of that determination.