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KākoʻoʻŌiwi is accepting applications for the Hāpai Pū Apprentice Program. A great opportunity to work the ʻāina with different organizations in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. Applications will be accepted until the (5) positions are filled. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.

The 11 month, Hāpai Pū Program will work to develop individuals in the area of ʻahupuaʻa management techniques unique to our area and will receive training in the areas of:

● Kalo farming & value-added food production

● ʻĀina, Kai, and Loko iʻa restoration and conservation through ecosystem management

● Heavy equipment operation

● Volunteer management

● Environmental education and awareness



● Participate in general farm activities such as crop planting, irrigation, grading

● Maintain all equipment and tools

● Practice work safety at all times

● Abide by project schedules provided by site supervisor

● Execute growing activities based on a predetermined distribution plan

● Inspect fields to determine maturity dates of crops or to estimate potential crop damage

● Assist the Farm Manager and Farm Hands as needed

● Conduct restoration activities with hand tools (pick, shovel and loppers) and some power tools (weed wacker, blower)

● Education of visitors and students who participate in environmental programs

● General maintenance of farms and work sites



● High school diploma or alternative equivalent

● Personal vehicle and current driver’s license

● Use of personal computer and personal cellular phone



● Ability to work in outdoor environment for 4 or more hours per day

● Experience using outdoor hand tools (pick, lopper, shovel, etc.)

● Ability to lift 40 pounds

● Willingness to work occasional weekends

● Positive work attitude

● Ability to communicate effectively (verbally, access to cellular phone, email)

● Ability to swim



Work will rotate between 4 organizations/work sites. Each site will provide guidance, supervision, and hands-on work Mondays through Wednesdays. Thursday and Fridays, all individuals will support Poi Day and other food production at Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi. Schedule subject to change

Apply with a cover letter, application or resume to or mail to:
Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi
Attn: Hiring Manager
PO Box 5307
Kaneohe, HI 96744


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