The Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center Vision
The Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center (KCAC) envisions a healthy, vibrant Kīlauea community engaged in growing, harvesting, and eating fresh local foods as a means to increase the health of our families, the health of our community, and the health of our lands.
The Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center Mission
Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center ‘s mission is to contribute to island food security and to a healthy, stable, balanced local agricultural economy by providing support to established and emerging farmers, and by empowering individuals to increase food self-sufficiency. KCAC achieves this by:
- Creating access to, and stewarding valuable, productive agricultural land;
- Removing barriers to access fresh, local food for all community members;
- Developing direct-to-consumer agricultural product markets; and
- Partnering with mission-aligned organizations to create and sustain food production, education, and training.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea is fortunate to have a Board of Directors who have devoted their lives to improving their community, with special emphasis on the preservation of agriculture and open spaces.
Alvin ‘Bino’ CasteloPresident
"The potential to do good for our community which is expressed in AHK’s Mission Statement — ‘Aina Ho’okupu O Kilauea’s (AHK’s) goal is to facilitate solutions to economic, social and agricultural/food security challenges that the greater Kilauea community faces” - is why I am honored to be a Director. We are a community. AHK connects us all in ways which pay homage to Hawaii’s wise and rich culture and tradition, about which I learn more every day. Providing land for sustainable farming, teaching the next generation about it, and the sense of responsibility to and for our extended Ohana, is the way people should live. AHK will be a beacon, guiding our community towards that goal. It is a privilege to be a part of that effort."
ʻO ka wā ma mua ke ala o ka wā ma hope, ‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. "The past is the pathway of the future and no task is too big when done together". “ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea connects people with the land, honors our rich agricultural past and is a vital part of Kauaiʻs sustainable future.”
"I am on the board primarily for ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea's main project, Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center. The land was promised to the members of the community 30 years ago. It's important to me to make sure that all members of Kīlauea can benefit from this project and can utilize the land that certain community members worked tirelessly to acquire. I also look forward to participating in future projects where AHK partners with other community organizations to bring the town together for special events and celebrations for the health, history, and happiness of Kīlauea."
George CostaEx-Officio Member
"As the Director of Economic Development for the County of Kauai, I am responsible for the oversight of the Kilauea Community Agricultural Center (formerly Kilauea Ag Park) which is on land dedicated to the County and Kilauea Community as a condition for the development of the nearby Kilauea Seacliff Plantation. More than oversight, I have a personal commitment to work with the Kilauea and greater North Shore community to ensure the success of this wonderful gift. My personal commitment includes the fact that my mother was born in the Kilauea Plantation (Stone) Dispensary and my grandmother and kupuna are from Hanalei, and as the Director of Economic Development, rebuilding our Agriculture Industry will help to diversify our economy, provide healthy food, and be less reliant on the Visitor Industry"
"My involvement with Kilauea Community Agricultural Center is based on my desire to be supportive of all community efforts that serve the greater good and cohesiveness needed to assure that Kilauea residents continue to maintain the sense pride in residency, exemplified by the first group of citizens that refused relocation and chose Kilauea as their home. KCAC offers immense opportunities towards community pride and empowerment!"
ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea’s staff combine their time and talents to identify opportunities, implement programs, direct projects, and nurture AHK’s vision.
Yoshito L'HoteExecutive Director
"I have a deep connection to Kauai and to the Hawaiian culture which lead me to do all I can to preserve both. I personally feel very privileged to have had such a wonderful life and a great family and a beautiful place to live, so its only natural to do what I can to help my community in every way I can. This project is the realization of a job where I am able to fulfill both my desires and my vision."
‘Āina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea is also fortunate to have additional leadership from the County and the adjacent Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center neighborhood. AHK feels that having liaisons from various segments of the population provides an important diverse perspective. If you feel you would be a strong community liaison candidate, let us know.