Talk of the Town #1

August 10th, 2013 by town

talk of the town

   This week we celebrate Elysa…

We have been lucky enough to call Elysa a Townie, or member of the Town family, since January, 2008. Elysa recently graduated with a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a focus in soil and water conservation through CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources).

This week we celebrate Elysa’s new position at Hoa’Aina O Makaha, a non-profit educational farm on the West Coast of Oahu in Makaha.  Elysa will be leaving Town and working under Gigi Cocquio as an apprentice for the next year or so and will then take over as executive director when Gigi retires.  Hoa’Aina O Makaha is an educational resource center for the Wai’anae Coast communities focusing on teaching concepts like perpetuating Hawaiian culture and traditions, creating reciprocal relationships between man and the land, and self-sufficiency, mostly through keiki educational programs.  These programs are designed to create strong values in aloha ‘aina and malama ‘aina that will be passed on through generations, resulting in a healthier and more self-reliant community.

E Malama Ika ‘Aina, Nana Mei Ke Ola (take care of the land, it grants you life).

 Congratulations Elysa!  We are so proud of you!!
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