FROM AINA TO OPU | AI PONO POLICY | STRIVE FOR ZERO WASTE
Waiwai Collective values maintaining & growing the strong sense of collectivity, connectivity, & responsibility that characterizes our Hawaiian community; These principles can be supported through the creation of reciprocal relationships & cultivation of deeper connections between aina , food growers, & consumers; These connections can be prioritized by reducing dependence on imports & moving towards self-sufficiency as an island community; Waiwai Collective believes producing & supporting waiwai in our community is the path to a sustainable future;
Waiwai Collective prioritizes working with partners who participate in value chains rather than supply chains, with each linkage driven by shared practices of sustainability, abundance, & collective power!
AI PONO PRACTICES
Be sustainably grown
Be locally grown
Prioritize inclusion of ancestral foods which are culturally significant to Hawai‘i & the Pacific
Support the efforts of partners who are working to grow local value chains
STRIVING FOR ZERO WASTE
It is our kuleana as a community gathering place and business to empower ourselves, members, partners, and the broader community to engage in pono practices that bring us into sacred and reciprocal relationship with the aina, our ancestors, and our descendants.
The goal of this plan is to re-indigenize resource management where rather than dispose “waste” we reincorporate the by-products of one system to be used by another system, and so on, in a reciprocal loop. There is no such thing as “waste” in natural ecosystems. In nature, the by-product of one system feeds another system. Western capitalist economies create this thing called “waste,” while Native Hawaiians lived sustainably as part of an interdependent ahupuaa system. We can practice indigenous resource management again, through small shifts, by taking kuleana for the waste we produce and minimizing our negative impact on our precious island ecosystem.
KA WAIWAI PRACTICES
Compost all food waste &/or we feed the pigs!
Zero plastic & styrofoam waste policy
Work with Vendors that reuse their packaging
We serve with dishware, glassware, cutlery & cloth napkins
Restroom hand towels
Inform, Empower & Educate our staff, members, partners & vendors
We considerately ask that all partners, collaborators & guests to honor our
Ai Pono & Waste Management practices & commitments!