Students from Waimea Middle School demonstrate how to make delicious salt from a Hawaiian salt bed. For centuries, the ancient Hawaiians used salt beds to create their own salt before the arrival of Westerners. To this day, many people of Hawaiian ancestry still practice the ancient art. To start, a piece of metal is used to scrape away red mud from the land, and a round rock is then rubbed on the area to make the ground smooth. Next, black clay is gathered and turned into balls to form the rectangular walls of the bed. Afterwards, the bed is filled with salt water, and when two weeks have passed, harvesting can begin. Using a screen on a stick, the salt is dredged from the water into a pile and placed into a colander where it's rinsed in the ocean. Finally, the salt may be enjoyed after it has dried in the sun for another week. This story was brought to you by students of Waimea Canyon Middle School.
Original air date: November 7, 2013
HIKI NŌ #506