Any Hawaiians on the forum but me? i ko'u mana'o, e hana 'oe i kou ha'awina. Do your homework. I am a Native Hawaiian, practicing my culture passed down to me from generation to generation. Understand that when Geoff Lawton talks about Hawai'i having one of 5/6 completely sustainable agricultural practices he is referring to our native Hawaiian culture (Clip with Geoff Lawton in Hawaiʻi
. The 'ahapua'a system is not "permaculture" as you see it practiced here, when others use methods from somewhere else, that s NOT the legacy of my ancestors. Lo'i , mala 'ai, loko 'ia, kuahiwi, wao akua, konohiki systems are all a part of Native HAWAIIAN sustainability, not just taking techniques from a book and applying it in our landscape. Three sisters, swales, hugelkultur, Korean Natural Farming etc., are all good and I wouldn't see anything wrong with integrating them as well, but we have a system already that works and very well I might add. For some reason, people decide to move here and try to teach methods of agriculture that just take people further from true sustainability. If you want to learn, I can show you. If you coming to tell us how we aren't doing it right, I have nothing to share.
Something else from on the ground that you should review before making your arrangements. You should watch the first video it in it's entirety, but if it becomes too much at one time, take it step by step:
1) Keanu Sai - Keauhou
2) Noho Hewa Trailer
Paul, I love what you do and the message you share, I just advise you to be aware of things that may be unseen, and as we have seen in the last few years, someone may be able to do it better. If you'd like to get together at some point or if you would like to see this ancient system still working, let me know. I also grow white pineapple, but don't know if I share the same enthusiasm for a fruit that devastated native peoples and the soil on Maui and North Shore, 'O'ahu =P.
Mahalo nui ia kakou,