On March 7 Hanalei School held its 17th annual Hawaiiana Day. It was a hit with over 30 volunteers helping in a variety of 17 different activities. Kids from kindergarten through sixth-grade enjoyed learning how to make fern salad, lomi salmon, poke, and most enjoyable of all — got to taste each item.
Students also learned how to crack kukui nuts, dig out the meat, and get oil which was used for light in the old days.
They also played Hu Kukui and Hawaiian style jacks with the kukui nuts. Aunty Annabell Kam taught the children the various uses of the coconut while they made rope, brooms, tasted the meat, and grated the coconut.
Hanalei Canoe Club and the Forrest ‘ohana came out in force to teach kids the parts of a canoe, how to lash the canoe and where to sit when paddling a canoe.
Even former alumni of Hanalei School were present to show students how to throw net to catch fish (slippers were used to represent the fish).
Volunteers from Waipa Foundation taught students how to pound kalo to make poi and how to play some ancient Hawaiian games such as haka moa (chicken fighting) and ulu maika (bowling). Me Nei Oliver came down to teach the young ones Tahitian.
Kaneholani set up a room cloaked with beautiful Hawaiian print cloth and displayed various Hawaiian instruments for students to learn about.
Kalei Cadawas visited from the Kaua‘i Museum to teach the older kids how to make ti leaf leis. Irwin and Sherlyn Hariguchi created a beautiful display of the many uses and types of foods that are created from the kalo plant.
Carrie and Lauren from Hanalei Watershed Hui explained the watersheds of Kaua‘i and played a fun game about endangered species and their habitat with the children. Sand petroglyphs were made with the help of Kim Pa.
Native plants and lauhala weaving was taught by Aunty Lahela Correa and Phylis Somers from Limahuli Gardens.
Last, but not least, Fujita drove an hour and a half in order to teach the kids the much anticipated art of oshibana (pressed flowers).