While I totally understand that this is a writing challenge, today, I thought I’d let many of the pictures speak for themselves. While most people are enjoying their Spring Break, I usually take the opportunity to work for an extension education program called Ipukukui. This program allows our Native Hawaiian public school students opportunities to learn about their culture outside the four walls of the classroom. This will be the 8th year that I’m participating in this program and although I miss relaxing during my Spring Break, I also know how truly blessed I am to participate in this program. Today’s post is about one of the places we visited called Hoʻoulu ʻĀina or the growing land. This place is truly unique and is tucked away in Kalihi Valley. I thought that today, instead of thinking of words that would not be adequate enough to describe what I was seeing, I would let the pictures speak for themselves. Welcome to Hoʻoulu ʻĀina.
Kalihi Stream A wall built by hand and made only of rocks
ʻOlena (turmeric) Loʻi kalo (taro patches)
Used for making poles for homes Used to make lei
Grass similar to aloe Sugar cane
Trying the sugar cane
This purple flower, when eaten, acts as an antidepressant. The valley itself.
It was an overwhelmingly beautiful day!