EJ Bus Tours
So many people on O‘ahu have seen little of Wai‘anae except what flies by the window as they drive down Farrington Highway. In fact, Wai‘anae is home to a complex and thriving family of communities who are today striving to defend a uniquely Hawaiian rural way of life.
Huaka'i Kākoʻo no Wai'anae (Environmental Justice Bus Tours) are a unique first-hand opportunity to see cultural sites, hear traditional moʻolelo (stories), and visit environmental and justice hot spots of the Waiʻanae Coast. Riders connect and learn about the concerns of communities seeking solutions to protect agricultural and preservation lands, health, heal houselessness, perpetuate cultural traditions, and promote truly sustainable economic development for Waiʻanae. Riders see Hina’s Cave, witness the birth of Maui, see where some of O‘ahu’s trash is landfilled and hear first-hand residents concerns, visit Wai‘anae’s growing farmer’s market, and take a tour of a working organic farm.
Check out pictures from the very first EJ Bus Tour back in 2009:
These Environmental Justice Bus Tours are a collaboration of the Concerned Elders of Waiʻanae, Mālama Makua, Waiʻanae Historical Society, Nani o Waiʻanae, Nanaikapono Hawaiian Civic Club, American Friends Service Committee, and KAHEA, with the support of MAʻO Farms.
This tour is made possible by a generous grant from the Hawaiʻi People’s Fund, Hawai’i Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, and generous individual donations from KAHEA supporters. Mahalo!
You can email lauren[at] kahea.org or call 524-8220 to be added to the mailing list for future tour announcements!
Make a Gift
The EJ Working Group must fundraise about $800 for each tour, to cover the cost of the bus and materials. Your gift helps keep the bus running! Please give today!
View and Print the EJ Bus Tour Flyer at:
Read a reflection on her bus tour experience from Lauren Ballesteroos, UHM student and UNITE HERE! Local 5 Intern. Lauren rode in the first EJ Bus Tour on August 14, 2009, where we brought a busload of changemakers from around the island together with 20 Waiʻanae activists--to hear their stories, and see their community through their eyes. Read more >