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Mālama Hāloa Series: Ka Papa Lo'i 'O Kānewai


On the final day of Mālama Hāloa, attendees will be able to work with the staff and practitioners at Ka Papa Loʻi ʻo Kānewai. This and other 1st Saturdays are open to the community to experience traditional farming methods, converse with Hawaiian speakers, kuʻi ʻai and kuʻi imu. It is a day for family and friends to enjoy. Light morning refreshments are provided. All are welcome to contribute and share in the potluck at the end of the workday. Special Mahalo to: Hoʻokulāiwi, Lyon Arboretum, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and the UH Mānoa Student Activity Payment and Fees Board.

If you would like more information, please contact Makahiapo Cashman at kanewai@hawaii.edu


Hawaiian School of Knowledge Offers Unique Experiences
By Kumari Sherreitt, Brandi Salas and Alyssa Navares
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is the center of Hawaiian studies in the nation, and with this in mind the first school was added to the UH system in 20 years is Ka Papa Loi O Kanewai.
Ka Papa Loi O Kanewai is an interactive class on Loi cultivation, the feilds of taro. The Director of the Lo'i Studies, Makahiapo Cashman, said that he is excited that the school has its on entity and opportunity to focus completely on the Hawaiian culture.
Its really nice, you know. It gives us a voice, it gives the loi a voice, it gives haloa a voice and our students a voice too, so its really nice to be recognized," said Cashman.
The Lo'i is located below the Manoa river, right next to the Hawaiian Studies building. The Loi has 40 varieties of taro, making it the only school in the world that offers students a "hands on" experience. The public is also allowed to visit the Lo'i and learn about it. In order to do loi, you need thousands of people, you know. And thats what this place does, it brings a lot of people together, and we get a chance to share our culture with other people too," he said.
Students learning taro cultivation seemed to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. One of Cashman's students, Jaime Nioi Tabag, a UH Manoa senior, said, Ive learned more and Ive also learned how to pull them out, where to cut it, what each part represents, the name for each part and basically this ground, why this ground exists today, the history.

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