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1: Ka Mo'olelo Hawai'i Field Trip October 6, 2008 Paepae 'O He'eia and Uncle Danny's Lo'i

3: Our class first visited Paepae 'O He'eia in Kaneohe. When we got there, there was a consistent gust of billowing wind blowing the smell of saltwater against my face, and I felt very relaxed and peaceful. As we were led onto the coral wall that was built hundreds of years ago, I was shocked that it was still so intact. We were also shown a plant that was common at the beach and told that if we ate it, it would taste like salty apple skin. Tayler, a few other people and I tried it and realized that was exactly what it tasted like!

5: A makaha is one of the most and possibly THE most important thing of the Hawaiian fishpond. It is a gate where fish, when they are small, can swim through, and when they are older and fatter, cannot fit through to get out of the pond. We managed to see a humongous pufferfish banging against the gate, trying to get out. Part of the wall was broken from a flood that gushed out decades ago, and we worked by filling the buckets with coral and helping to restore the wall. None of us complained, and we worked in silent unity. Although we wanted to sing while we worked, we could not think of a good song to sing together. The sweat felt good and after we were done working, I felt liberated and wanted to return again.

7: The niu, or coconut, was a very useful plant to the Hawaiians. It was used for food in multiple ways- coconut meat, coconut cream, desserts and coconut water were some of the edible uses of the niu nut. The shell used to make medicine and food bowls.The fronds of the leaf were used as fans and brooms, and the bone of it was used as a needle. The husks were used as fuel, and the husk fiber was used to make cordage. The trunk was used to make drums and toy canoes.

9: Mai'a, or banana, was a plantwith various uses. The fruit was eaten and also had a sweet taste which was used to counteract certain bitter herbal medicine mixtures. I took this picture with Malia at Paepae 'O He'eia. The trunk was used instead of humans in games where a spear was thrown at the trunk and in ceremonies, amd the leaves were used to cover the stone oven, or imu. The flower buds were chewed to get rid of thresh and strips of bark were used to make the base of some lei.

11: Ti, ki or la'i was a very important plant to the Hawaiians. It was worn as bracelts, anklets or charms and chiefs would hold the stalk(s) in battle to show truce. The leaves were dipped in saltwater and used to purify people. Other uses of the leaves were also used as a rain coat or a roof and were also tied to fishnets to scare the fish and trap them inside. As for cooking, the leaves were wrapped around meat to cook.. Also, the leaves were put on one's head to relieve headaches.

13: After we left Paepae 'O He'eia, we went to Uncle Danny's lo'i. Uncle Danny and his friend Uncle Val were very interesting people, and it was obvious that they were very passionate about what they did. I had not been to a lo'i in years, and was very excited to see one. As we overlooked the valley, I thought to myself how lucky we were to live in Hawai'i and to see and experience such unique beauty. When Uncle Danny told us about the children working in the lo'i speaking conversational Hawaiian, I felt wistful and wanted to share the experience as well, speaking Hawaiian with my peers and having fun working at the farm.

15: After playing in the lo'i and getting all muddy, Uncle Danny and Uncle Val took us to the stream! His words were, "Oh, the stream is SO ONO after the lo'i!" After hearing this, we jumped in, and he was right: the cold water was so delicious after a hot, muddy day and it was the first time I had ever been in a stream in Hawai'i! I cherished the experience, and was glad that I had such a chance to do so. I did not get a chance to see any wildlife in the stream though, sadly.

17: However, before going into the lo'i and stream, we investigated other lo'i, and Uncle Danny and Uncle Val showed us different kinds of kalo. They lectured us on politcs as well and urged us to make a difference, to even run for office of we did not like who was running. We not only learned about kalo, but we also learned about trying to make a change and doing something about the world. Who knew that kalo and such subjects were related!

19: After discussing politics, kalo, playing in the lo'i, swimming in the stream and eating lunch, Uncle Val showed us different objects he had made out of some of the plants. Lunch was a pleasant affair, listening to Auntie and Uncle Danny and Val's stories which held my interest. Uncle Val also gave us some to take home and plant as well! I took home two types of kalo and an olena. Sadly, I do not think I have a thumb for gardening, as a cat pooped where I had planted the plants and nothing has happened ever since and my hose does not reach where some of it is planted. After he showed us his craftmanship, our class gave the three of them 'Iolani School hats and they posed for pictures. Then, we boarded the bus and set off for school, content with our educational, fun-filled day.

21: Although the lo'i was fun as well, I think that the fishpond was definitely the highlight of the fieldtrip. For me, I've always loved water, and I really enjoyed getting to experience working out in Kaneohe at an actual real live fishpond. I intend to go vounteer there when I have time, because I enjoyed the work and just being there, in the presence of such nature. Hopefully, I will be able to go there in the near future.

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