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Homestead Community Development Corporation

Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations

The Anahola Cafe opened at the end of October 2021, led by a Native Hawaiian nonprofit and a handful of Anahola residents. As a community-based economic development initiative, the cafe is part of an effort to grow rural economies on Hawaiian Home Lands, similar to tribal lands on the continent.

“Our nonprofit has been planning for this cafe for over a year now,” said Kara Chow, a Deputy Director at the nonprofit Homestead Community Development Corporation (HCDC). “We are approaching the three-month mark since opening and it’s been really rewarding to watch a small team of local residents operate this little social enterprise in our little rural area on the island of Kauai.”

Native Hawaiian Kauai residents opened the Anahola Cafe at the end of October 2021.

Native Hawaiian Kauai residents opened the Anahola Cafe at the end of October 2021.

The core cafe team consists of Wyatt Kamoku, lead chef, Ikaika Kirifi, Moku Kaneakua, and Melanie Freitas, all from Anahola families living on Hawaiian Home Lands.

Located at the Anahola Marketplace on Kuhio Highway, the cafe features burgers and saimin, in a rustic rural setting beneath the pristine Kalalea mountain range. The café is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and scheduled to soon operate seven days a week starting in February 2022.

100% of the revenues from the Anahola Cafe supports its operation and the nonprofit mission of Homestead Community Development Corporation in affordable housing and job creation on or near Hawaiian Home Lands.

“We invite everyone to come to the Anahola Cafe, the food is great and our team has a whole lot of Aloha.” Chow remarked. “We are learning together about the business end of food service through this project, all the while having fun and employing our local people!”

About Homestead Community Development Corporation

An initiative founded by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) in 2009, the Homestead Community Development Corporation (HCDC) is an autonomous 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit dedicated to creating jobs and affordable housing on or near the tribal lands in Hawaii, known as Hawaiian Home Lands. Contact info@hawaiianhomesteads.org for more information.

About Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations

Founded in 1987, the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) is the largest statewide Homestead Association registered with the U.S. Department of Interior, and is a coalition of homestead communities exercising sovereignty on tribal lands set aside by the U.S. Congress through enactment of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 192.

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