Hiki Ola is committed to education, the environment, and culture.
A partnership has been established between Hiki Ola and Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani. Kumu Kaʻea Lyons and Kumu Keliʻikanoe take hālau members to the area designated for the hālau to hold workshops and build a relationship with the ululāʻau (forest). As hula practitioners, hālau members are able to experience this cultural pilina (relationship) with the ululāʻau and with the various hula plants.
Hiki Ola is working with Emily Uluwehi Thyroff, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Uluwehi is studying ʻiliahi and is very knowledgeable about the forest. She has connected with ʻEhunuikaimalino students, Konawaena High School students, and members of Hālau Kaʻeaikahelelani.
Hiki Ola works with kumu and haumāna from Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino, a public, K-12 Hawaiian language immersion school located near Konawaena School.
Hiki Ola is currently working on creating an Interpretive Trail at the John and Gussie Pace Demonstration Forest at the Hokukano Forest Partner location. This trail will feature native plants in their natural habitat in a short trail for ease of viewing and learning. Interpretive signs for many of the plants will be erected along the trail for educational opportunities.
Lā Honua 2021
Hiki Ola was able to participate the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's virtual Lā Honua (Earth Day) in April. Here is the presentation that was shown to students in grades 6-12 at various schools on Hawaiʻi Island.