Plant & Grow to Help Those with Special Needs

by La'akea on Maui

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La‘akea is a life-sharing community on the North Shore of Maui that includes people with disabilities. The non-profit was founded with one goal in mind: to establish a residential farm community where Maui County’s special needs population can live, work, and thrive as a part of an ‘ohana. You are welcome to join us for our Community Farm Day. Participants will work alongside program members and learn tropical organic farming and permaculture practices on our beautiful property in Paia. A farm-to-table lunch is provided.


    • Recognize what is human in each of us
    • Enjoy a home-cooked meal sourced from our crops at the end of our workday
    • Plant, harvest, and tend to crops in a garden that provides education and nourishment to the La’akea community
    • Participate alongside intellectually and developmentally disabled youth and adults dedicated to discovering, supporting, and enhancing their aptitude and competence
    • Visit our country store with its locally grown organic fruits, vegetables and handmade gifts

Know Before You Join

  • Responsibilities include planting, composting, pruning, and general plant health, using hand tools provided
  • Ability to perform gardening tasks while bending, kneeling, lifting, and stretching
  • Must book in advance and commit to entire morning
  • Ideal for volunteers ages 12 and up; Note: minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and everyone must sign a volunteer waiver
  • Comfortable lifting light to moderate objects and tools (i.e. shovel and potted plants)
  • Eagerness to learn about farming and working the land is helpful

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