Mauka to Makai
From the Mountains to the Sea
Malama Honua, meaning to care for and live in harmony with the Earth. Each element of nature – ‘aina (land), ea (air), and wai (water) – are all equally vital to the human race. By respecting and nurturing nature, it provides for us and sustains life for ourselves and future generations. Our Mauka to Makai Program Service-Learning Program will provide the opportunity for students to explore 3 different ahupuaʾa or land divisions and learn why they are important to the island we live on.
These events are free to all HPU Students with a valid ID and transportation will be provided to the site visits from the Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campuses. For more information regarding the Hawaii Spotlight Program, please contact Gleanne Dimson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Danielle Fodor (email@example.com).
Introduction to Hawaii Spotlight
Thursday, September 5, 11:00am, Sea Warrior Center and HLC Lanai
Papahana Kualoa and Kako`o Oiwi will be on campus to discuss the upcoming Mauka to Makai Program. These three organizations are in the forefront of restoring land using cultural practices of Native Hawaiians. Students will be introduced to an ahupua'a and learn about the districts that extended from the mountains to the sea. They will also learn how they can help restore the agricultural and ecological productivity back to the land the Hawaiians once used. These organizations will also be bringing crops grown on their land for students to sample.
The Upper Stream - Papahana Kuaola
Saturday, September 28, 9:00am-12:00pm
Papahana Kuaola, located in the ahupua`a of He`eia in the `ili `aina of Waipao, is a malama `aina-based non-profit organization that is connecting the area's past with a sustainable future. They focus on education and habitat restoration through the cultivation of such native Hawaiian crops as awa, several varieties of kalo and sweet potato. Join Student Life as we learn about the upper reaches of He`eia stream. We will be working in the loi (taro patches) to revitalize the ahupua`a of He`eia in the hopes of one day creating sustainable food sources for the area.
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The Wetlands - Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi
Saturday, October 19, 9:00am-12:00pm
In He`eia, water from Ha`iku and Ioleka`a valleys created marshland called Hoi, where wetland kalo was traditionally grown. Beginning about 50 years ago, erosion, flooding and increased runoff during heavy rains degraded the health and productivity of He`eia fishpond and Kaneohe Bay. Kako`o Oiwi is a community-based non-profit organization that has entered into a 38-year lease agreement with Hawaii Community Development Authority to implement Mahuahua `Ai o Hoi, a project to restore the currently fallow land into a working agricultural landscape. By doing so, Kako`o Oiwi will provide food security, biological resiliency, programs for research and education, and cultural and community use.
Join Student Life as we help clear invasive vegetation or building auwai for new lo i kalo, weed and maintain existing loi kalo, and learn about the cultural, social, educational and economic role of the Hoi within the ahupua`a and the moku.
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The Fishpond - Paepae o He'eia
Saturday, November 23, 8:30am-12:00pm
Paepae o He`eia's vision is to perpetuate a foundation of cultural sustainability for communities ( ohana) of Hawai`i through education. Their mission is to implement values and concepts from the model of a traditional fishpond to provide intellectual, physical, and spiritual sustenance for our community. To reach their vision, they utilize the strengths of the fishpond as a place of learning to weave ancestral knowledge together with western ways of knowing to achieve their goals. Ku Hou Kuapa literally means to Let the Wall Rise Again . This program is responsible for all of the restoration and rehabilitation of the kuapa - fishpond wall - and the fishpond contained within it. The goal of this program is to restore the ancient wall in order to preserve the integrity of the fishpond and support our unique cultural, educational, and aquacultural programs.
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