KUA staff, Miwa & Alex plus intern, baby Pāliʻulā, are still coming off a high from the Hāna Limu Festival that took place November 8-9th, 2013. Miwa and Al went to support E Alu Pūʻs loea limu (limu experts) themselves: Uncle Henry Chang Wo and Aunty Nāpua Barrows. We were just missing Uncle Wally Ito whose class reunion was that weekend.
With the help of Skippy Hau, Uncle Henry and Aunty Nāpua featured a table of freshly gathered limu: kala, pālahalaha, ʻōpihi, kohu, lepe-o-Hina, wāwae ʻiole, līpoa, huluhuluwaena, ʻeleʻele, līpeʻepeʻe and ʻakiʻaki. Uncle Greg Lind provided fresh fish to make poke samples with different limu varieties. There was also childrenʻs activities like card-making with pressed invasive species acanthophora spicifera and hypnea musciformis.
It was a wonderful event of good initiatives, good work, and good people. Speaking of good people, it was a treat to connect and reconnect with Hāna community like the Kīpahulu ʻOhana and to see a bunch of E Alu Pū folks like Uncle Mac Poepoe, Uncle Allen Kaiʻaokamālie, Kimi ʻĀpiki, ka ʻohana Carpio, Uncle Sol and Keoki Kahoʻohalahala.
Big mahalo to Nā Mamo o Mūʻolea and The Nature Conservancy for hosting and organizing. Cheers to many more Limu Festivals.
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