Ahupuaa is a traditional Hawaiian system of land division from mauka (mountains) to makai (ocean). It represents much more than that, though. Ahupuaa is a way of life that represents sustainability and the harmonious nature of relationships.

There are three levels within an ahupuaa: mauka (mountains), kula (plains), and makai (ocean). Each holds a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, as well as a community, that work together and depend on one another as water flows from the mountaintop, through the plains, and into the ocean. This way, the fisherman can give to the farmer, and the farmer can give to the fisherman. When we do our part to malama (care for) the land and each other, the land cares for us in return.


It’s one thing to visit a place. But it’s another to make that place better upon leaving.


Discover how you can give back on your future trip to Hawaii by visiting gohawaii.com/malama.