Our farmers, residents, community instructors & volunteers are the heart of our farm. It is amazing to see the passion and talents we are able to bring together through the farm and what that allows us to offer our greater community. We love our little community and are always looking for more great teammates. If you are interested in hosting a class or event or joining our farm, we recommend you start by joining one of our weekly yoga class, volunteer days or enjoying our harvest offered through our farmstand and CSA program. If you are interested in a more intensive experience, we encourage you to look into our internship program, which is similar to a WOOFing experience.
Meleana was born and raised on Oahu with strong environmental ethics. Since age 12 when she learned about the devastating impact the factory-farmed meat industry has on our environment, she has been primarily a vegetarian. However, it wasn’t until Pitzer College that she became aware of the importance of organic agriculture and started working in the organic garden on campus. After graduating and obtaining her Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), she has been slowly working towards her goal of creating a sustainable-living homestead. Since 2005, she has primarily been working for her family-owned solar business, Inter-Island Solar Supply and SunEarth in California, and spent two sessions at Hawaiiʻs State Capitol learning the ropes of policy to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and increase the local production of non-GMO food. Following her policy work, she began taking agriculture-based courses at UH Manoa, worked briefly in a few nurseries, visited many farms, and spent a year working for Hawaii SEED doing public outreach about the value of local agriculture and dangers of the genetically engineered seed industry we host. She actively attends local agriculture meetings, workshops and conferences.
Alex was raised on the North Shore and grew up eating from the abundance of his family and neighbor's backyards. If he’s not hunting barrels at Backdoor, he loves working with wood to make picture frames (www.reclaimitframeit.com). Sharing Meleana's passion to grow food for our community, he has been by her side on her journey to transform a field of California grass into the thriving farm we have today.
CAREY BONN, FARM MANAGER
Carey recently devoted himself to farming after a 10-year career in the solar industry as an installer, electrician, and project manager. He's excited to share what he's learning through the GoFarm program to help Waihuena Farm improve operational efficiencies. He's also passionate about growing tasty fruits and veggies for our CSA members.
INDIA DAWN CLARK, CSA MANAGER
India joined the team in 2015 after being a CSA member and active supporter of the farm since 2009. After graduating with her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, she helped develop community-based food and energy resilience plans, policies and training programs through her work with with the University of Hawaii Hawaiʻinuiaʻkea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau (Climate Change, Climate Alert) “LAMA” program, UH William S. Richardson School of Law's Island Climate and Policy Center (ICAP), the NOAA Pacific Services Center, the Golden Gate National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation, the Waipio Valley Taro Farmers Association on Hawaii Island, and Olohana Foundation. She is currently enjoying her role as a mother and living on the farm as part of the Waihuena “Farmily”, connecting with community through the weekly CSA, and learning how to plant food and medicinal crops.
Returning to the farm after a year of captaining yachts around the world, Anders is working towards using simple green design and technology to improve our accommodations and amenities on the farm.
A resident yogi and cultural educator at Waimea Valley, we are blessed to have Angela expanding our kalo and other Hawaiian Heritage plant varieties on the farm.
In his words, "Sharing food and tending the land, 'Haloa 'Aina', resonates with me on a fundamental level. Thanks to Honey Girl and Waihuena Farm, I'm able to help produce tangible and visual abundance in food and beauty." Bodhi lives and works on the farm, focusing on the cultivation of our dryland kalo crop.
Stacey has raised her family on the North Shore. When you don't find her on the farm she is often sailing. As one of our resident yogis, she offers her yoga practice to our CSA members and greater community every Monday at 5:30pm in the garden.