Reflections from Limu Hui Gathering 2017

(Pa‘ia, Wailuku, Maui) ~ In June 2017, loea limu (limu gatherers), haumana (students), researchers and passionate individuals who actively work to restore knowledge, practice, and abundance of native Hawaiian limu across Hawai‘i came together in Pa‘ia, Maui for the 4th Annual Limu Hui Gathering.  

Participants in this year’s gathering, Kanoelani Steward & Kim Kanoeʻulalani Morishige reflect on lessons learned, stories shared and their time spent with kūpuna (elders) during the four-day event.

Uncle Jerry Kaluhiwa, Na Koa Limu

Long before the Limu Hui was formed and long before many of us were even aware of the need to protect our limu beds, Jerry Leroy Mahilani Kaluhiwa predicted the decline of limu in Kaneʻohe Bay, Oahu. Unlike most people who just sit and complain about the need for somebody to do something, Uncle Jerry stepped up to do something about it.

A Message in the Coming Year…

Aloha KUA friends, ‘ohana and supporters, Since 2011, KUA has worked to gather communities across Hawai‘i who seek to learn from and empower each other to mālama Hawai‘i from the grassroots. In that time, the networks we facilitate—E Alu Pū, Hui Mālama Loko I‘a and the Limu Hui—have grown, built capacity, influenced the public conscience, […]

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Eldean Kukahiko, Na Koa Limu

I first met Eldean Kukahiko when KUAʻs office moved from the Box Jelly in Kakaʻako to the KEY Project in Kahaluʻu. Other than “hi – bye” kind of small talk, he and I never had a long engaging conversation. Then just a few weeks before this past June’s annual Limu Gathering on Lanaʻi, his son […]

Uncle Allen Kaiaokamalie

Uncle Allen Kaiaokamalie spent alot of time at Keomoku, Maunalei Ahupua’a where he had his “limu farm” as he called it. It turned out to be an appropriate name for that place because he became very successful at growing ogo in open ocean cages. Early attempts to grow limu in this manner ended with frustration. […]