Hawaiians had a deep connection to the land. They were expert farmers and did their best not to waste anything. The fourth grade class spent part of last week on Maui learning about some of Hawaii’s history but also having a bit of fun. The first stop after the airport was Nohoana farms run by Hoku‘au Pellegrino. Students got to do some weeding in the loi, play in the waikapu stream, pound some paiai, and of course eat some fresh paiai (I heard it was the best ever). They also learned about the battle for the water in that area that had previously been diverted to support the sugar industry. It is amazing to be blessed with hawaiian ways of knowing from someone who is so instrumental in reestablishing what was once a thriving way of life.

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