Aloha mai kakou,

we want to say mahalo to all of you who have helped us this past year.  Looking back  we’ve had some successes and some heartaches but overall we were able to holomua and bring us ahead to planning this year at Hanakehau.  Here’s a look at 2011:

:: Hui Ku Maoli Ola – we traded five barrels of `ae`ae for a number of koki`o St. Johniensis, hinahina`ewa, ko`oloa`ula, naio, and many more.  This gave us a head start on planting natives to keep the california grass down and start some shade for the mala.

Wetlands at Hanakehau

:: Farrington High School & De-Tour:  Pete Doktor, Hawaii Peace and Justice (Kyle Kajihiro and Terri Keko`olani) brought several student groups from Farrington High School to talk about demilitarization and the importance of malama `aina.  They also did a lot of work with us.  Take a look at where we were earlier this year:

Most of it was bare dirt.

:: MANA came several times for work days, working tirelessly and bringing kalo from Uncle Danny Bishop with Homestead Poi.

:: Punana Leo `o Wai`anae – the kane made the imu, cooking a pig, `ulu, `uala, and kalo and all our `ohana came the next day to enjoy an `aha `aina, talk story, and enjoy with our keiki.

:: Kamehameha Schools Ipu Kukui Program October Intersession — Kumula`au and his staff brought 60-80 haumana from high schools in the central and Leeward area to Hanakehau for a week of learning about malama `aina and the issues we face as a lahui today as we look to traditional understandings of malama `aina and how we apply those concepts today.

:: KSBE 7th & 8th grade boarders community service day:  the students helped us plant 5 rows of `uala (piko variety) and 1 row of `uala (lehua variety) as well as to open a channel to the future `auwai, spread mulch (the least favorite but important job out here), and plant more natives. 

Many, many others came to help us over this past year so if we did not include you, e kala mai!  Hanakehau is for our lahui and we definitely could not do this without all of you.  This year, together we:

:: planted over 100 native plants

:: dug an imu and used it to learn about cooking in an imu, make laulau, and to feed well over 200 people

:: spread mulch across the open areas, the most effective, labor saving, toxin-free weed control (gives us more time to spend on other things)

:: built 5 raised beds and planted 6 rows of `uala for future imu

:: cut back on weeds and bridges to support our resident `alae`ula pair as they birthed 4 sets of offspring

And much, much more…

Plans for this year?  This year we plan to host a workshop series on hana no`eau, politics, and other areas to build our lahui and to continue to host Ipu Kukui, FHS, Hawaii Peace and Justice, MANA, PLOW and others to provide a place and space to learn and – just as important – to hana, to do and engage, practice, and grow.

Mahalo nunui ia `oukou!

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