EKF maintains several land sites in Hilo, Hāmākua, and Puna on the island of Hawai‘i. EKF promotes the Hawaiian value of noho papa, to know one’s place thoroughly through generational learning and active practice and study.

Visitation to our sites is a hands-on experience in which students and practitioners will learn different aspects of Hawaiian culture and traditional practices. We employ a traditional learning style so participants should expect to get dirty, wet, and tired. Group size is limited to 30; however, special arrangements can be made with advance notice. An EKF facilitator must be present on site visits; therefore, facilitator availability will govern site visits. A site fee may be assessed (site use fee may be waived under special conditions). For more information about visiting our sites see our EKF Site Handbook-Honohononui  and EKF Site Handbook-Napoopoo. To request a visitation to accessible sites, please complete and submit the EKF Site Usage Request Form for approval.  You may fill out the online Site Usage Request Form or download the Site Usage Request Form and fax the completed form to Leina‘ala Thornton, (808) 981-4789. Once your form has been approved everyone visiting the site will need to complete and turn in the EKF Release of Indemnity Form.


  • HILO sites are located in the Honohononui ‘ili kūpono (see sidebar).
  • NĀPOʻOPOʻO is our Hāmākua site located in Waipi‘o Valley where we maintain traditional  lo‘i kalo (taro patches) and its highly sophisticated traditional irrigation engineering. Decades of disuse require constant care and upkeep.
  • WAIKAHEKAHE is one of two Puna sites and is home of the deity Kapō. Ku‘i a lua is practiced at Waikahekahe. Access to this site is limited to the caretakers. The second Puna site is forested by ‘ōhi‘a and all the related community of plants that supports this forest.