Manuel "Manny" Smith
With ʻĀina as his motherʻs maiden name, Mannyʻs geneology has rooted him to the islands giving him the profound kuleana to care for our land. Growing up in Nanakuli in the 1940s taught Manny the true meaning of sustainability. He and his family built their own home, and together created natural sustainability systems (which we now call aquaponics, grey water systems, and organic farming). Without running water on their homestead property, he grew up respecting this valuable resource and learned how to nurture the symbiotic relationship between ʻāina (his direct genealogical ancestors), wai and kanaka. He was
taught by his Hawaiian parents how to strategically organize a farm to ensure highest yield. Professionally, Manny worked 35-years as a master driller and crane operator for Ameron before retiring.
Currently, he lives in Kailua where he still practices a sustainable lifestyle using catchment systems, does composting, uses low flow showerheads, dual flush toilets, grows ulu, mango, avocado, kuawa, noni (drinks it every day), aloe, naupaka kahakai, and many more.