Celebrating mālama ʻāina at Honolulu Community College

Celebrating mālama ʻāina at Honolulu Community College


>>Narrator Kapiolani Ching, UH student: The
sound of fresh kalo, or taro, being pounded into poi. This kalo is fresh from Honolulu
Community College’s garden, Ka Mala o Niuhelewai, located towards the piko or the center of
the campus.>>Narrator: Every April, the Honolulu CC
community comes together for the college’s Annual Hoolaulea, to celebrate the bounty
of the garden and to help raise awareness about Hawaiian culture and sustainability.>>Mark Alapaki Luke, Chair, Honolulu CC Hawaiian
studies program: The garden is to promote food security in Hawaii, to supplement our
food, to create more awareness for the young ones. We also promote organic growing as well
as sustainability.>>Narrator: The garden was established in
2011 and is maintained by students, faculty, staff and community members. Honolulu CC’s
Annual Hoolaulea includes a wide range of activities from poi pounding, weaving, to
preparing food in the imu, or underground oven.>>Vicky Desantos, Honolulu CC student: People
who come out to our little mala back here, they take away learning about how Hawaiians
lived and how they grew their food. When we grow our kalo in the ground, we’re actually
sustaining ourselves by eating the food that we grow.>>Luke: It’s a program that’s collaborated
with other programs, carpentry, welding, liberal arts, and we all work together to promote
malama aina.>>Narrator: Serving as an outdoor classroom,
the garden includes 20 varieties of dry land kalo. Honolulu CC has also partnered with
schools and community organizations to help educate the public about sustainability and
taking care of the land.>>Desantos: I feel that being here at the
school as a student that we are like a little hidden gem, and we invite everyone to come
out and learn.>>Luke: The kupuna from this aina, the ancestors,
they are really reaching out to everyone else as well and teaching us, and we’re learning,
so we’re going to continue to learn.

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