Kokua Harvest

What We Do

Through the act of working together to share fresh produce, Kōkua Harvest connects and nourishes our island, builds stronger community relationships, and fosters a deeper appreciation for the food and resources our ʻāina (land) provides for us.
1. Kōkua (the selfless helping of others)
2. Aloha (compassion for others)
3. Mālama (to take care of)
4. Laulima (cooperation of many hands)

We achieve our mission by harvesting and distributing excess produce from farms and private residents to community groups and individuals around Hawaiʻi Island. We work with volunteers who harvest the produce, then we team up with local community groups who distribute the harvests to their patrons.

Who We Are

Kōkua Harvest is dedicated to community. Hawaiʻi as a once sovereign nation has a long cultural identity tied to food and agriculture, including the sharing of food, and there is an increasing desire to be more food independent and less wasteful. Harvests offer our Hawaiʻi Island community the chance to connect with their food system and with each other.

To crop donors we offer people power, tools, and education to empower you to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables for your fellow neighbors.

To volunteers we offer a safe community to share knowledge and skills with, opportunities to meet your neighbors and learn more about Hawaiʻi Island’s food system, and a fun, active way to spend a morning or afternoon in exchange for a portion of our harvest.

The beneficiaries of our harvests receive fresh, local produce at no cost to them.

Cause Areas

Food Insecurity, Environmental Conservation, Cultural Preservation

Kokua Harvest

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