Help us celebrate and sustain healthy food-ways by volunteering with us at any of the workdays below!


Mala O Kaluaopalena Garden Workday

Every Wednesday

1:00 – 4:00pm

Every Saturday

9:00am – 1:00pm

Coordinator: Bernice

Location: Mala O Kaluaopalena Community Garden, Kuhio Park Terrace housing complex (across from Linapuni Elementary School)

Join our gardeners to practice organic gardening and meet your Kalihi neighbors.  Volunteers will help plant seeds, compost and mulch, harvest food, and demonstrate the resiliency of horticultural traditions, right in the heart of the largest public housing project in Hawaiʻi.


Hoʻoulu ʻĀina Community Work Day

Every Wednesday


Coordinator: Darla

We spend Wednesday mornings in Pasifika, where we learn from and with one another about Pacific Island traditions in agroforestry. Working together in the forest, we grow food and medicine in the traditions of our ancestors from Hawai'i to Chuuk, Japan to Ilocos Norte. Can you say 'banana' in five different languages?


Growing Farmers Garden Workday

Every Thursday

9:00 – 12:00pm

Coordinator: Roots garden staff

Location: Hoʻoulu ʻĀina garden, 3569 Kalihi Street

On Thursday mornings, join Roots gardeners in our 1.65 acre community garden to learn organic gardening skills.  Learn about soil health, planting and saving seeds, harvesting and much more while sharing thoughts and ideas about our current food-scape.


Roots Cafe

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Volunteer 8:30 - 2:00

Coordinator: Jesse Lipman

Location: Kokua Kalihi Valley Wellness Center, 2229 N School Street

Volunteers can learn skills related to food service and the restaurant industry, nutrition and dietetics, cultural foodways, and more.  And you get to join us for lunch!  A quick orientation is required before you volunteer in the kitchen, as well as a current TB test.


Mobile market

Thursday, 2:00 - 5:00

Friday, 9:00 - 2:00

Location: Kokua Kalihi Valley Wellness Center, 2229 N School Street

Volunteers can help with packaging produce, preparing value-added food products, and running the Mobile Market at different locations.  Current TB test required.



First Wednesday Community Workday

First Wednesday of the month

9:30 – 12:00pm

Coordinator: Darla

Location: Hoʻoulu ʻĀina pavilion tent, 3569 Kalihi Street

Each first Wednesday of the month, join Aunty Darla under the main tent to learn traditional crafts such as apu shaping and shell pendant making, then stay for a Roots lunch featuring local ingredients.


Third Saturday Community Workday

Third Saturday of the month

8:30am – 1:00pm

Facilitators: Hoʻoulu ʻĀina and Roots staff

Location: Hoʻoulu ʻĀina Nature Park, 3569 Kalihi Street

Many hands come together each third Saturday of the month to care for the land and for each other.  Join our Third Saturday workgroups at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina Nature Park to participate in native agroforestry, organic gardening, cooking, and traditional medicine, followed by a potluck lunch under the main tent.  Please see for more information.  Groups are encouraged to register in advance.

We strongly believe that connecting with the land enriches the lives of the community, the world around us, and the generations to come.


Roots Program Volunteer Form

Prospective volunteers are asked to fill out the following form.

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