April 16 marked the 3rd Annual Ho’olaulea “Ka Mala o Niuhelewai” which was a great success.
Many turned out for this celebration and enjoyed the food, music, and the pounding of kalo (taro) using a papa (board) and ku’i (poi pounder) made of stone (pohaku).
Kumu (teacher) Alapaki Luke is the coordinator to this celebration along with JT and JJ, Luke’s alakai (teacher aid).
the kalo (taro) and ‘uala (sweet potato) from the mala (garden) on the campus.. The little children (na keiki) of HCC Early Child care joined in the celebration. These little children were responsible for growing the sweet potato.
As for sustainability people brought their own dish es or they used ki (ti-leaf) or maia (banana stump) as a dish to eat from.
Luke said mahalo nui loa to all who put this Hawaiian cultural event together and those that prepared for this event so the students of HCC could be a part of this event. Lastly, he thanked all the students of HCC who came out to the event.