Tomorrow, 1,500 families will eat well after the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s food box giveaway. Since the Covid-19 crisis hit, the center has been working overtime to make sure keiki, kupuna, and other vulnerable members in their large community are not forgotten. Transportation, isolation, and poverty are among  the barriers faced by residents of O’ahu’s leeward coast.

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For nearly half a century, the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has been a lifeline for the west side of Oʻahu. But it’s never been busier than it is now — and that growth is in direct response to needs in the community.

Courtesy of MA'O Organic Farms

If you shop for fruits and veggies at Whole Foods, Foodland, or the KCC Farmers’ Market, chances are you’ve come across produce from MAʻO Organic Farms. The Waiʻanae farm is about to undertake its largest expansion yet – one that could grow its food production tenfold.

Epigenetics Study in Waiʻanae

Feb 15, 2018
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Rates of diabetes, obesity and alcoholism run high among Native Hawaiians. A researcher is using his family ties and inspiration to change a community's health habits for the better.

Sen. Maile Shimabukuro

As Hōkūleʻa continues its Mahalo Hawaiʻi sail across the island chain, school kids are getting a taste of this floating classroom. The voyaging canoe will spend another week on the leeward coast before continuing its statewide journey. Fortunate enough for aspiring voyagers in Waiʻanae, that community is working on its own voyaging canoe. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Polynesian Voyaging Society

The voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is making its final stop for the year in Waiʻanae. The Worldwide Voyage continues as the canoe visits community ports around Hawaiʻi to celebrate its homecoming. HPR's Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.


Two tourists from Texas stumbled onto a collection of Hawaiian petroglyphs in Wai‘anae.  Sands shifted by the tide revealed at least 17 figures, stretching over roughly 60 of beach.  While the figures may have been seen in the past… it’s the first time the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources is documenting the site.

Kamehameha Schools
Kamehameha Schools

The age of entry for kindergartners is going up across the state, while junior kindergarten classes are being eliminated. That’s creating a gap. The Hawaii Department of Education says as many as 5,000 students won’t have a place to go.

The need for early education is especially strained on the Waianae coast, where preschool capacity is already over 90%. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, a planned learning center in Mā`ili is hoping to fill that need.