Volunteers put on hoolaulea in Waianae in celebration of culture, sustainability

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It may be the first, but they hope it’s not the last, a hoolaulea in Waianae that aims to build a foundation for a productive and inspired school year, which begins on Monday.

It’s a two-day event at Waianae District Park celebrating sustainability and the abundance of the district once known as the poi bowl of Oahu..

It featured demonstrations of cultural practices, information booths and all students who attend the event receive school supplies.

Other festivities included fishing and diving derbies that are part of invasive species roundups.

The hoolaulea, which was put on by volunteers, is called aha hui o ke kai a ulu, the braiding or bringing together of different strands.

“We’re bringing together the different strands of our community, the different outreach programs, the different farmers, service providers to form this cordage this rope that’s going to be used to lash this canoe we walk on every day,” said organizer Kaina Nakanealoha.

Nakanealoha is also a Hokulea crewmember who wants to bring the mission of the voyage around the world, to malama honua, or take of, home, which is Waianae.

The hoolaulea continues Sunday.

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