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Maui Perspectives Trip: Lo‘i Kahalekai

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for our next Perspectives on Community Health Field Trip (Maui) on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, for a hands-on experience in a local lo’i kalo and connect with the ‘āina and other community members. This trip is being hosted in celebration of National Public Health Week and perfectly encompasses the theme, Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving.

Lo’i kalo were a vital part of ancient Hawaiian agriculture as a staple food source, the center of spiritualism, social structure, and mythology. Kalo nourishes the body, mind, and spirit; in return, we will respect and care for the kalo. We can consider this experience “Taro-py” for the participants.

Like public health, the loʻi has always been vital to the community and an ‘ohana. Public health protects and promotes the health of all people and their communities. Coming together as a community at this loʻi and learning about our kuleana to the ʻāina will be rejuvenating.

The morning will start with a tour of the lo’i kalo and the water irrigation system. Then, we will listen to stories about the history of the Kahalekai ‘ohana and the progress of their lo’i kalo. We will harvest and clean the lo’i kalo, followed by brown bag lunch and discussion.

Date: Monday, April 15, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lo‘i Kahalekai, 220 Waihee Valley Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793
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