During the day, students and teachers visited a traditional homestead awarded to Kalawai‘a in the Māhele ‘Āina; they saw petroglyphs, and learned about the archaeology of the cultural landscape.



The students were then led in a workshop on making natural hau fiber rope, and the processes of developing lo‘i kalo.




June 16, 2017 Day 5 – maunalei Valley

E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — Cultural Literacy Initiative

In the coming week, they will be introduced to Ke‘ala Kaopuiki Santos, who will join the program through a partnership with Kamehameha Schools, and put their hands to planting a lo‘i kalo and making poi in the old style.

At the close of each day, the students work on recording their own experiences on the land and in practices, and continue in their haku mele – mo‘olelo creative writing program.


A beautiful day on Lāna‘i and an early start to Maunalei Valley, where ancient lo‘i kalo (taro pond fields), house sites, dryland planting areas and the historic Maunalei Pump House complex are found. Early writings tell us that the agricultural fields of Maunalei once fed 1,000 people, though by the mid-1870s only five elder native residents still lived in the upper valley.

They then traveled up to the old pump house and hiked up to the ancient irrigated taro filed system. They were asked to contemplate what had changed in the landscape with the passing of generations, and what they felt when surrounded by an environment of living wahi pana (storied landscapes).