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.
June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9701-Kepā Maly, photo)
June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9690-Kepā Maly, photo)
June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9717-Kepā Maly, photo)
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.
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.
June 13, 2017 (KPAC3_9722-Kepā Maly, photo)
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.
The E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i -Cultural Literacy Initiative is sponsored through grants and contributions of:
Hawai'i Tourism Authority Kūkulu Ola Program
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Lāna'i Archaeological Committee
Hui o Wa'a Kaulua and Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani 'Ohana
Lāna‘i High & Elementary School
Jim and Linda Caires Smith
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Lāna'i CHC Na Hoaloha - Friends Organization
Mahalo nui no!
To view other daily activities:
E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — To Know Lāna‘i Once Again Cultural Literacy Program 2017