Then the Pūlama Lāna‘i staff took students into the lo‘i, preparing them and planting, and also harvesting some of the historic leiko (watercress) growth, which is a remnant from the plantation days when Dole had individuals living in the valley to work the water pumps.
Today, students returned to the valley with huli (planting tops) and tools for tending the land. When they arrived at the historic Dole Pump House, built in 1924 to transport valley water up the cliffs to Lāna‘i City, they reviewed more of Maunalei’s written history and learned about the customs associated with preparing the land, planting, tending and harvesting kalo, and terms used in pounding poi from the kalo.
Aunty Ke‘ala Kaopuiki Santos, from Kamehameha Schools led the students through these lessons.
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
Maunalei Valley is the only place on Lāna‘i where there is physical evidence and traditional knowledge of lo‘i kalo (irrigated taro pond fields) and ‘auwai (irrigation channels).