Seed of Love found a home base at Hana Kupono homestead, on the island of Molokai, Hawaii in 2015. There is a rich history of education, culture and community service here that deserves recognition. Uncle Moke Kim, an educator, cultural practicioner, and community leader blessed this ‘āina when it was handed down to him, in the early '80s. He called it a "gathering place" and gave the name Hana Kupono, which means "doing the righteous work". With this as the foundation, Kumu Kim with the help of his wife, sensei Lisa Kim and other Molokai educators began to share their mana'o and knowledge with youth groups of all ages.
For over three decades, Kumu Kim dedicated his time and energy to ensure he handed down the stories, chants, ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), native farming and cultural practices to multiple generations. This land and program became a landmark for many Molokai youth, whether it was summer camps sleeping under the stars, or swimming in the pond on hot days, or growing kalo and other traditional crops, Hana Kupono was truly a place blessed by many community hands. There are no words that can adequately describe the impact that Hana Kupono made on Molokai.
It is with great humility and humbleness that Jayson and Bahar came to the land as caretakers. They were very much honored to be given the permission and wisdom from Kumu Kim to continue healing the land in his absence, due to his physical limitations in his older age. Seed of Love is an extension of his hands both here on the ‘āina as well as in the Molokai community. Each day Hana Kupono lives on and is the inspiration behind new plantings, youth group visits, animal rescues, food donations, and everything in between. Thank you Uncle Moke and Aunty Lisa for laying down the groundwork for years to come.