La’a Kea is where participants have an opportunity to dream big and to make their dreams a reality

And the port-a-potty is gone

Things we often take for granted such as clean running water, plumbing, freedom and more. Simple things and yet without them life would be a lot different. La’a Kea in Paia has been working to build a one-of-a-kind agricultural campus in Paia to provide meaningful and productive work along with affordable housing for youth and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. This grass roots effort is an amazing demonstration that here on Maui the concept of, “it takes a village” is alive and well.

Of the many people and businesses that are making La’a Kea one of Maui’s greatest accomplishments we’d like to acknowledge Duane Ting from Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline & Nathan Nakao at Service Rentals. Back in August 2010 La’a Kea was licensed as a Department of Health Medicaid Waiver Provider and we welcomed our first special needs participant to our farm campus. That summer we also welcomed the gift of a port-a-potty along with the donation of the ongoing monthly rental fee from Flyin Hawaiian Zipline.

This spring our septic system was installed at the farm campus and a bathroom was completed. For five years Nathan, from Service Rentals was a welcome friend who came joyfully and cleaned our port-a-potty. Earlier this month we waived good by to our friend as the port-a-potty was hauled away. A Hui Hou Nathan from all of us at La’a Kea.
And gigantic mahalos Duane for your generosity.