Honolulu Community College invites all to take part in its third annual Ho’olaule’a celebration April 16.
The event will take place on campus at the school mala from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and activities will include poi stone demonstrations, live Hawaiian Music, and imu prepared foods.
In the days leading to the event , HCC is encouraging volunteers to help prepare the grounds for Ho’olaule’a.
Any students interested in volunteering can help prepare the event area or split the wood for the imu, this Friday , April 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can also help help harvest taro or set up the imu on Monday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. . Volunteers are also needed on Tuesday, April 15 o set up tents, cook taro, and the lighting of the imu, however a time has not been scheduled.
The Ka Māla o Niuhelewai (The garden of Niuhelewai) where that the taro will be harvested from, has been key in the education of students, staff , and the community in Hawaiian studies and sustainable food production. Since 2011, 20 different types of taro have been planted in the the māla at HCC. The māla collaborates in sharing taro and planting and also helps support many k-12 schools in Hawaii. All students are encouraged to participate to gain a better understanding of mālama ‘āina, or caring for the land.