June 20, 2017 Day 7 – Classroom & maunalei Valley E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — Cultural Literacy Initiative


Aunty Ke‘ala Kaopuiki Santos, from Kamehameha Schools led the students through these lessons.


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.

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).



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.