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Ahiki Acres is a ½ acre farm located in the backroads of Waimānalo. The small farm is run by two GoFarm graduates, Haley Miyaoka and Matthew Mckinnon, whose mission is to increase Oahu’s food security by growing healthy, tasty products, while practicing responsible stewardship of the ‘aina. They utilize fully organic farming practices to grow their diverse array of crops. Some of the vegetables they grow are: leafy greens (kale, collards, lettuce), herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro), eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, and roots (radishes, beets).
Growing up in Hawaii, Haley noticed that a disproportionate amount of our food is imported from out of state. She also learned that there is a lack of farm labor due to an aging farming population. As a young Native Hawaiian, she started Ahiki Acres to address growing problems around food security and to be a model for the development of new, young farmers in our state.
Needless to say, the life of a farmer hasn’t come without its challenges. Haley and Matthew both have part-time jobs outside of Ahiki Acres, but still find time to get work in at the farm every day. However, the long hours and hard work they put in is all helping them achieve their goal of increasing Oahu’s food security and providing healthy, local produce for their community.
For Haley and Matthew, the most fulfilling aspect of farming is being able to support their local community. Ahiki Acres supplies produce to Hui Malama O Ke Kai, who distributes free produce to the community. The Waimānalo community has a high Native Hawaiian population with many residents at or below the federal poverty line, so they provide them with affordable, healthy produce. Haley also volunteers with 'Aina in Schools, through which she has worked with schools like Blanche Pope and Kainalu Elementary to teach students about farming, cooking, and local food systems.