After lunch, the students returned to the classroom, and Aunty Ke‘ala Kaopuiki Santos taught the children how to ku‘i ‘ai (make poi) in the traditional style with pōhaku ku‘i ‘ai and papa ku‘i ‘ai. At the end of the day, they had pa‘i ‘ai to enjoy and take home.

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A group of more than 50 returned to Maunalei Valley—including participants of the Kāna‘i Kanaloa Culture-STEM based program for younger Lāna‘i students.

Haumāna engaged in stewardship of lo‘i and ‘auwai, and traveled to the uplands where ancient lo‘i kalo are found under an old growth kukui grove.

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June 21, 2017 Day 8 – maunalei Valley & poi making — E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — Cultural Literacy Initiative

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The group gathered kukui leaves to mix in the lo‘i to add nutrients to the soil; they also worked with the younger students in planting kalo (Lehua Maoli, Mana Lauloa and Lauloa ‘Ele‘ele) which was given as a gift from Hōkūau and ‘Ālana Kaopuiki Pellegrino.

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