FEED Hawai'i (dba Kohala Village Hub, or the HUB) is a community-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization located on the rural northern tip of Hawaii Island. Our mission is to enrich the lives and well-being of North Kohala residents while also strengthening the region's social, economic, and environmental fabric.

Incorporated in 2014, the HUB and its partners provide educational, enrichment, and economic development opportunities to residents of all ages, centered around food and agriculture; fine and performing arts; Kohala cultural preservation; and, ecology and the environment. 

Program activities included community enrichment classes (e.g., keiki robotics, restorative yoga); food and culture workshops (e.g., food fermentation, agriculture business); youth camps; cultural retreats and exchanges; and, community events (e.g., cultural concerts, heath fairs, and market pop-ups). In addition, we serve as a central, all-inclusive meeting place for the community, bridging social and cultural divides and fostering positive, meaningful connections among peoples of all backgrounds. We offer programs geared towards all ages and learning levels, from keiki (children) to kupuna (elders) alike.

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Program Descriptions

Hip Hop

Age: 6 - 9 years (Keiki) 10 - 14 years (Youth)
Instructor: Michal Anna Carrillo
Location: HUB Hale

Keiki Ballet

Age: 3-6 years
Instructor: Delphina Dorrance
Location: HUB Barn

Description: Delphina offers a fun and heart-centered way for your child to learn pre-ballet skills that set the foundation for ballet. Your keiki will learn the basic positions for arms and feet as well as initial movements in dance, such as the plie. Designed especially for 3 to 6 years olds, your child will experience movement to music, make new friends and develop self confidence - all while wearing beautiful costumes. 

Youth Beginner Ballet

Age: 7-9 years
Instructor: Debra McGee
Location: HUB Hale

Description: Youth ballet welcomes beginner students to come and learn the basics of ballet! This fun class allows students to gain knowledge of the basic ballet positions for the entire body head to toe. The dancers will learn barre work, center and across the floor exercises. This class emphasizes creative play through dance engaging the imagination to help foster the joy for this classical art form. 

Beginner Ballet

Age: 10-16 years
Instructor: Debra McGee
Location: HUB Hale

Description: Beginner ballet welcomes beginner students to come and learn the basics of ballet! This fun class allows students to gain knowledge of the basic ballet positions for the entire body head to toe. The dancers will learn barre work, center and across the floor exercises. The dancers will work on building strength while increasing flexibility and muscle memory. This class emphasizes creative learning through self-expression to help not only build muscular strength but also mind and whole body awareness.  

Belly Dancing

Age: 12yrs - Adult
Instructor: Carla Orellana
Location: HUB Hale

Description: Strengthen your core, embrace your beauty and improve posture and coordination while having fun and moving your body! 

 Tango-Beginner, Intermediate

Age: Adults
Instructor: Yumi Hedlund & Guest Teachers
Location: HUB Hale

Description: Learn to dance the beautiful Argentine Tango right here in Kohala. You will find a warm and welcoming community of dancers from all backgrounds. Come discover the music and the embrace of this international social dance phenomenon. 

 

 

Early Learning

Age: 3-5 years
Instructor: Cathy Morgan
Location: HUB Club

Description: The first five years of a childʻs life are fundamentally important. They are the foundation that shapes childrenʻs future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community and in life in general.

Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They require love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow.

In this Early Learning offering Cathy implements her decades of experience working with your young one in a fun day filled with positive reinforcement and learning.

 Toddlerʻs Playgroup

Age: 18 months - 3 years
Instructor: Parent guided
Location: HUB Club

Description: Toddlerʻs Playgroup is a sensory and art based experience for both child and parent/care taker to explore new and engaging activities together at the pace of each individual child. Parents/Care takers are responsible for their child at all time. Playgroup is a time for parents to connect with their child through the experiences set up in class.

 

 Play with Clay

Age: All Ages
Instructor: Matt Jakielski
Location: Clay Cottage (Every 1st and 4th Wednesday)

This is an all ages workshop great for parents and their keiki. Come experience clay through hand building and the potter's wheel. Matt will give you demonstrations on how to pinch, coil, and throw with clay to make a custom piece of art. Participants are encouraged to work together each making their own elements that will then be put together to create a uniquely collaborative object. 

 Wine on the Wheel

Age: 21+
Instructor: Matt Jakielski
Location: Clay Cottage (Every 2nd Wednesday)

This is a 21 and over workshop that explores the potter's wheel in a relaxing and creative atmosphere. Throwing pots can be a very satisfying and meditative process. As with life it can also be very challenging and at times, frustrating. The goal in both life and pottery is to remain balanced, have fun and be positive. Join us as we get centered on this wheel. Come stay relaxed as wine, beer, refreshments, cheese and conversation are included. Class limit 8.

Date Night

Age: Adults
Instructor: Matt Jakielski
Location: Clay Cottage (Every 3rd Wednesday)

Looking for something fun and unique to do with your partner or friend? Treat yourself to a date night at the clay cottage! This experience includes demonstrations on hand building and the potter's wheel. Participants are then guided through both processes and are encouraged to collaborate with one another. This is sure to create a night to remember and may become part of your monthly routine. refreshments and pupus provided. Class limit 8.

Introduction to Ceramics

Age: 15 and older
Instructor: Matt Jakielski
Location: Clay Cottage 

This 4-week class will focus on the basic skills needed to bring your ideas to life out of clay. We will be using hand building techniques such as coiling, pinching, slab rolling and various approaches to attaching clay together. We will also introduce the wheel as a tool for making. Classes also include explanations of the clay and glaze materials and what happens at a molecular level when we turn clay to stone. Students will have a weekly instructional class and access to open studios during the week. We will glaze and load and fire a kiln during the 4th week. Class limit 8. Scholarship available.

Open Studio

Age: All Ages
Instructor: Matt Jakielski
Location: Clay Cottage

Do you have the ceramic skills you need to create your ideas? Just need a place to make and a community to converse with? Then maybe open studio is the best rout for you to take! This 12-week pass gives you access to the studio during our open studio hours. You are also provided storage space for your work and clay. Firing and studio glazes are included within reason(there will be additional charges if work scales beyond 12" x 12" or if the rate of production moves beyond hobbyist). Come be part of our makers community and have fun with clay. Not able to commit? Monthly access passes and Drop in rates available. Limited space available. 

Private Lessons

Age: All Ages
Instructor: Matt Jakielski
Location: Clay Cottage 

Available upon request. Please contact Programs Dept.

Janʻs Yoga-Beginner, Intermediate

Age: 12 years-Adults
Instructor: Jan Roberts
Location: HUB Hale

Description: For those completely new to yoga, this is a more gentle, slower-paced beginning class. Emphasizes a safe and appropriate approach to the practice of yoga.

 Pilates Plus

Age: Adults
Instructor: Natalie Young
Location: HUB Hale

Description: The Pilates Plus Fitness Class is an effective and playful blend of movement modalities based on the foundation of Pilates core strength mat training. Incorporating elements of Qi Gong, Yoga and Dance this class will build core strength, increase stamina and flexibility.

Restorative Yoga Therapy Workshop

Age: 12 years-Adult
Instructor: Carla Orellana
Location: HUB Hale

Description: Yoga poses that restores the body in a variety of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states. The antidote to stress is to rest deeply. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat and supportive props (i.e. blanket and a couple of firm pillows).

Shakti Flow

Age: Adults
Instructor: Pascale
Location: HUB Hale

Description: High intensity fusion yoga with elements of aerobics and dance. Bring a towel, water and mat. Come ready to sweat!!

Tai Chi

Age: Adults
Instructor: Peter Beemer
Location: HUB Hale

Description: The serene environment of our Hale is the perfect environment for Tai Chi enthusiasts to gather and practice this meditative art. Facilitators will assist those who are new to Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How are the classes priced?
A: Most classes are offered at a discounted monthly rate, but a few are priced Hourly or by Session. All classes have a Drop-in rate for out-of-town visitors or if you want to try it out before committing to the whole month. 

  • Monthly Packages - are priced per calendar month (not to be confused with a 30-day period from date of purchase). 
  • Session (or Workshop) Packages - are priced according to specific session dates. Participants are encouraged to commit to the entire session as absences will not be refunded. 
  • Suggested Donation - Donations can be made at the Programs office or by clicking on "Donate Now"

 

 

EVENTS

Sip and Shop

Saturday, August 24th, 9:00am - 2:00pm, in the HUB Barn. 

Local Artist and Crafters include:

  • Wehiwa
  • Mirror Mirror Boutique
  • Wakaya
  • Arbonne
  • Haloa Massage
  • Color Street

Drinks and pupu available for purchase. First 50 shoppers get a free gift!

ʻĀina Fest 10 Annual

Saturday, September 7th, 12:00pm - 10:00pm. 

Husband and wife team Dash & Erika Kuhr's desire to share the abundant food and vast potential for healthy living on Hawai'i Island, Aina Fest grows richer in offerings and attendance each year. This powerful & unique day-long event features a packed schedule of world renowned & local musicians performing all day and night on two different stages, performing artists, hands-on land based education, hula, Hawaiian cultural activities, keiki activities, yoga, arts & crafts vendors & an abundance of organically grown, farm fresh food.

Together, we rise up to celebrate and empower local farmers & the vibrant movement for island-wide food sovereignty. 100% of proceeds from the event support the three core pillars of HIP Agriculture's educational programming: Residential Farmer Trainings, Youth Education & Community Events.

Keep up with the latest at:
Website: Hip Ag
Facebook Event: Aina Fest 1o Annual

Be sure to check out schedule of events on the website to make the most of our action packed festival! Come right when doors open at 12pm to take part in our opening blessing and then get your hands in the earth in a fruit tree planting on site to help provide food for the future or listen to a panel of experts in regenerative farming speak about building a resilient food system in Hawai'i. 

We strive to make the event as regenerative and zero waste as possible. Carpool Please! Bring a reusable water bottle, utensils and your own plate/bowl if you can. Do not bring any plant material and please check and clean truck/car wheel wells before entering Kohala. We do not want any fire ants or coqui frogs brought to the grounds. No coolers. Drug and alcohol free event. No Dogs. Feel free to bring a beach chair. Plan for all weather.

 

Jazz Lab Rats

Monday, September 30th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, in the HUB Barn. 

Please join my friends in another romp through familiar jazz standards in the experiment we call "Jazz Lab".

 

Castaways

Sunday, October 6th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, in the HUB Barn. 

Put on your dancing shoes because Richard Russell and his gang: Jesse Snyder, Brian McCree, Alex Czerny, Pat Eskildsen, Noa Eads and Joey Bradley is back at it again. 

Donations Welcomed.

Food and Beverages available.

Kohala Country Fair

Saturday, October 19th, 10:00am - 5:00pm, in the HUB Back Field. 

One of the Big Islandʻs best, Kohala Country Fair is held in the month of October in Kohala! There is something for everyone including, booths filled with ono food, jewelry, crafts, art and more. A full day of entertainment focusing on all the musical talent from Kohala. A keiki zone filled with activities. 

FREE ZERO WASTE EVENT!!

 

Traditional Tattoo Festival

Saturday, October 26th, 8:00am - 6:00pm. 

The Traditional Tattoo Festival (TTF) produced by and held at Kohala Institute, The Kohala Village Inn and the Blue Dragon features the ritualistic and ceremonial practice of traditional tattooing from Pacific and Artic cultures including Hawaiian, Inuit, Taiwanese, Filipino, etc. TTF is the first convening of itʻs kind in Hawaii featuring master practitioners: 

  • Keone Nunes
  • Lane Wicken
  • Holly Nordlum
  • Cudjuy Patridjes
  • Sarah Whalen Lunn
  • and other internationally recognized master artists
  • Renowned tattoo anthropologist Lars Krutak

The inspiration for the festival goes beyond the current commercial tattoo trends to illuminate the deep cultural origins of this practice as well as the perpetuation and innovation of the original traditions and its ties to other visual culture makers.

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