(HawaiiNewsNow) - One would think that the main order of business for farmers is growing plants. But for Waiʻanaeʻs Kamuela Enos of MAʻO Farms, growing organic produce is just the beginning. Amy Kalili has more.
Hereʻs another rising Hawaiian leader, Kamuela Enos, who's knack for growing young leaders comes organically.
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou! Eia hou mai kekahi o nâ alakaʻi Hawaiʻi ʻôpio e makaʻala ai i kçia makahiki, ʻo Kamuela Enos, he mahiʻai e hoʻoulu ana i ka lauʻai a me nâ alakaʻi ʻôpio pû.
"The bulk of our workforce is recruited from our community into what we call our YLT Program, our youth leadership training program," says Kamuela Enos, MAʻO Organic Farms.
No ʻaneʻi nô ka nui o ko kçia hui ʻo YLT.
The YLT program sends youth to college in exchange for sweat equity on the farm.
He papahana ka YLT e uku ana i nâ kâki hele kulanui no nâ kona mau ʻôpio e hana hapamanawa ana ma kçia mâlaʻai ʻo MAʻO.
"The hope is not just to have them farm or just to have them go to school, but understanding that these are both pathways to leadership," says Kamuela.
He ala ka hana ma ka mâlaʻai me ka hele kula e lilo ai lâkou i mau alakaʻi.
We don't give them leadership potential. You know, they leaders. We just create the space and the context for them to step up.
Hôʻea mai lâkou he mau alakaʻi. Pono wale e paʻa he pôʻaiapili e hoʻoulu ʻia ai.
Kamuela's expertise in sustainable practices drew the attention of the White House, who tapped him to sit on the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Advisory Council.
He mâhele nui ia paio ʻana no ke ola o ka ʻâina ma ke kiʻina hana a nohona ô mau a Kamuela e ʻaʻa nui ana. A no ka nui o kona ʻike mau ia mau mea i koho ʻia ai ʻo Kamuela he lâlâ o ko ka Hale Pelekikena Komikina Aʻoaʻo i pili i ka Poʻe ʻÂsia a Pâkîpika, he hui e aʻoaʻo ana i ka pelekikena no ke komo piha o ia mau poʻe ma nâ papahana pekelala.
And I think that we have an opportunity to influence these decisions as much as possible for the benefit of not just Hawaiʻi, but the world, yeah?
He makepono kçia ʻimi i ka hoʻokele i ke kuanaʻike no ka pono o ka honua a puni!
"Kamuela in a lot of ways is an inspiration for a lot of youth from Waiʻanae. Breaking that stereotype that youth in Waiʻanae are gonna end up on the beach, gonna end up in jail, and other things. He's showing that youth in Waiʻanae can make a difference, and I think Kamu is a really good advocate for us," says Manny Miles, Co-Manager, MAʻO Organic Farms.
Nânâ ʻia nô ʻo Kameula e nâ ʻôpio o Waiʻanae mâ. He kumu hoʻohâlike e hôʻoia ana i ka hiki iâ lâkou e puka lanakila a lilo i alakaʻi o ke kaiâulu.
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