Creating a Culture of Bamboo

Aloha! My name is Jonathan. I am an apprentice of Whispering Winds Bamboo farm and Ola Honua reforestation project. I have the pleasure and honor of keeping you up to date with the happenings of our farm! If you are not familiar with what we are about you may seek out more information on our site HERE. Though I will provide a brief explanation.

We farm using biodynamic, and organic methods in Kipahulu, Maui. We live on a farm that is 180 acres, with 20 acres being dedicated to bamboo. We grow 63 varieties of tropical clumping bamboo in total. The majority of these being used for timber, with ornamental varieties as well. We have numerous groves of different specie tropical hardwoods, and beautiful gardens that support all of the food we eat outside of select grains.

The farm is also a part of an amazing reforestation project called Ola Honua. This project is ongoing to this day, and focuses on the growth of native plant species and tropical hardwoods all the way from the top of the mountain to the ocean within the confines of property lines. This project was once committed to reforesting an acre a month through long hours of difficult forest maintenance. At this stage, we are currently working hard to maintain the land that has been replanted as well as shaping future plantings and spaces on the land.

This blog, while wholly about the Whispering Winds Bamboo farm co-op, will work to focus more on the day to day activities, and the lives of the people that make up the community here. It will not provide a constant source of detailed information about all of the abundant species of plants, and trees that we work with and around.

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