MA‘O Organic Farms Goes to Washington State for Oweesta’s Native American and Hawaiian Economic Deve

From October 13th to the 15th, MA‘O staffers Kasha Ho (Kumu Alaka‘i and Wai‘anae Intermediate School Garden Coordinator) and Malia Morales (Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and New Programs) attended Oweesta’s Native Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Development (NEED) Initiative training in Spokane, Washington.  The training was held at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, owned and operated by the Kalispel tribe. 

 The two participated in economic development training specially developed for Native American and Hawaiian groups, and also enjoyed a most welcomed opportunity to learn about various entrepreneurial activities among Native Americans on the continent. 

While the entire training experience was full of great information and innovative approaches to enterprise building, a definite highlight was the wonderful networking opportunity with the various tribes that were also in attendance, including the Crow nation from Montana, the Nez Perce from Idaho, and the Colville from Washington State to name a few. 

Upon returning home, both Kasha and Malia were excited to continue moving forward on current and future initiatives. Mahalo nui loa to Kaitlin and Kelly from Oweesta as well as Tom and Eric from ONABEN for the excellent training session, for generously sharing valuable curricular resources, and for providing ongoing technical assistance to help support some of MA‘O’s newer economic development initiatives.  Ke aloha nō e nā hoa!