Our Story

Established in 2012, Kalanihale’s original goal was to provide access to education for the youth of Milolii by creating a charter school. We made great progress on that goal by first creating a Virtual Academy in cooperation with the Kua o Ka La Hawaiian Charter School which continues to operate today. We are now working with local partners who are leading construction of a community center that will make us eligible to build education for all. As a fishing village, education on Hawaiian traditional and marine resource management has always been a core part of our programs with community youth. As we engaged with our youth, we started recognizing the broad range of needs in our community and expanded towards cultural, environmental, social, and family issues. As our non-profit grew from its small beginnings, we also realized that we could reach the entire community and not just the younger generation. Today our organization has branched into a variety of issues that affect the entire community and we are seeing favorable results that will help everyone with their own situation. We are now implementing a range of projects including: a marine conservation program, Hawaiian culture programs including Hula and instruction in traditional fishing; extracurricular activities for youth such as volleyball; and educational programs that are focused on our marine and fisheries resources such as Lawaia Ohana Camps in which community families come together to learn and celebrate traditional Hawaiian fishing culture.


Kalanihale’s mission is to improve the educational, environmental, and cultural well-being of community members of Milolii and South Kona.


Our vision is that Milolii is a vibrant and thriving Hawaiian fishing community with a healthy environment including abundant marine resources and successful families that have a strong sense of place and identity, a pride in their Hawaiian culture, and have a healthy quality of life socially, economically, and culturally.


Kalanihale has been sponsoring several programs in pursuit of our mission and vision, including a Virtual Academy of the Kua o Ka La Hawaiian Charter School to provide educational opportunities for youth in our community and Lawaia Ohana (Fishing Family) Camps in which community families come together to celebrate and actively practice traditional Hawaiian fishing culture and stewardship. Kalanihale also supports the Milolii youth volley ball team, student media projects with the Hiki No program of Hawaii Public Television, a partnership with Paa Pono Milolii on the Milolii opelu (mackerel scad) traditional fishing project, and a community Hula program. The individuals operating Kalanihale have been involved in marine resource management in Milolii for more than 10 years. They each participated in successful efforts to establish a Community-based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) in Milolii and in projects to improve sustainable management of marine resources including the traditional opelu fishing project, Makai Watch, and marine monitoring.




Ka'imi Kaupiko










                                                             Our Logo is the Opelu fishing net which all families used to hanai (care for).

                                                       The net helped us provide for our ohana, the opelu is our history, our kona current flow through us. 




Our Alaka'i Hui

Ka'imi Kaupiko     Maile Yamanaka       Melveen Kaupiko        Lupua Mora 

Kalanihale is a hui of learners who share and believe in Milolii. Combined we have years of experience that bring together the best in our hopes and dreams that Kalanihale can be that change agent for a future that helps protect and preserve the unique culture that lives within and among us. Let our story shine. 

Our Kokua Hui 

Gail Garoutte

Project Financial Lead

Lei Kaupu

Project Sr. Lead

Melissa Hua

Project Support

Hoku Subiono

Media Support 

Carol McKeague

Marketing Support

Graecin Beebe

Graphic Support

Anita Kaupiko

Project Jr. Lead

     Kalanihale has a variety of projects that are ongoing, these projects enhance our mission and vision for a vibrant and healthy community. Through our kokua's our organization thrives. Each member of our hui believes in the value to embrace, educate, and empower. We hope you will join us as we create a better place for all.