What To Expect

Thank you for planning your event with Hookuaaina at Kapalai. We are looking forward to spending the day with you. Here is some information to make your day in the lo’i a most memorable experience!

Things to Expect

We are nestled in the heart of Maunawili Valley and subject to changes in weather regularly. You might experience hot sun or pouring rain. Be prepared for both. The lo’i is located in the headwaters of Kawainui Marsh and is a natural wetland with all kinds of wildlife. Expect to encounter tadpoles, guppies, frogs and a variety of beautiful bird species. You will have an incredible encounter with nature in a beautiful and serene setting. The work is challenging and the mud is deep. Integrated into your day will be meaningful Hawaiian values and lessons to make your time rich and memorable.

What to bring

An adventurous spirit, towel, old and comfortable clothes (shorts and t-shirt) old swimsuits are best to wear underneath your clothes to make rinse off easier, plastic bag for wet clothes, water bottle, hat, no shoes required in lo’i.


We will start our time together with a short and simple opening protocol. You can either choose one representative from your group to open with an oli or a simple explanation of who you are and what your intentions are for the day. Hoʻokuaʻāina will respond with a welcoming oli.


Parking is limited, carpooling is suggested. There is room for 10 cars on site, street parking is available. For groups being transported by bus, the drop-off and pick-up point is Maunawili Park. A representative from Hoʻokuaʻāina will meet you there and escort the group to the lo’i.

Mission Statement

Hoʻokuaʻāina empowers youth to realize the meaning and purpose of their lives by helping them develop life strategies and skills through the cultivation of kalo and Hawaiian cultural value-based coaching.

About Us

Hoʻokuaʻāina at Kapalai is a 501c3 nonprofit organization started by Dean and Michele Wilhelm in 2011. The organization oversees 7.6 acres of land on the Windward side of O‘ahu. Over the past eight years, the area has been restored into a 2-acre productive kalo farm and a gathering place for meaningful community connections. All proceeds from poi sales and education days go towards supporting mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

Mahalo for your support! We look forward to connecting with you!