June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9690-Kepā Maly, photo)

June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9701-Kepā Maly, photo)

June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9722-Kepā Maly, photo)

June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9717-Kepā Maly, photo)

June 13, 2017 Day 2 – Waia‘ōpae Fishpond E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — Cultural Literacy Initiative

During the day, Kyle Ellison, a freelance writer from Maui joined the group to talk story with participants and take photographs for an article that he’s writing to be published in Maui No Ka ‘Oi.

 In the end, the pond will help to provide fresh fish for Lāna‘i’s families. As the old expression goes “Hana ka lima, ‘ai ka waha!” (Work with your hands, get food to eat!) A part of this program seeks to reacquaint Lāna‘i youth with some of the traditional practices and knowledge in good stewardship of  the honua ola.

Early morning… Everyone met at 7:30. Brenda Asuncion, Statewide Loko I‘a Coordinator with Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo arrived from Honolulu, and joined group for journey down to Waia‘ōpae Fishpond.

Students greeted the honua ola (living environment) of the coastal lands with their mele, Hanohano Lāna‘i, and then Brenda and Ben shared some background about loko i’s fishponds on the traditional landscape. Shelly, Ikaika, Kaleo, Jesse, Stacy, Kekoa and Zeth led the students in a day of active cultural stewardship in the restoration of Lāna‘i’s largest fishpond. It’s a big job and will require many hands to complete it.