I Ola Iā Mauliola Fall (Molokaʻi)
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1) Seeing how fast everyone learned and how excited people were to use everything that was taught!
1) Mauli Ola
All participants learned & practiced mele/oli (wehena/panina) to start & end the day together as 1 ʻohana and to set the papahana and focus of the day.
Our lāʻau focus was on ʻōlena, with introductions of ʻuala & kalo. Each participant learned and participated in its uses as medicine & food and was able to demonstrate their level of understanding and knowledge in the Cook-off Hōʻike at the end of the program.
Everyday we had a 1/2hr Lomi Yoga Lounge in which participants learned & implemented simple lomi & yoga movements to help themselves and their ʻohana. Kumu Kristina joined us on Wednesday to teach a coconut oil lomi on their poʻo.
2) Food Preservation
Participants learned different ways of preserving foods that some of their families actively practice today (drying, dehydrating, canning) and were able to participate in a pickling activity. Participants were able to utilize a basic brine and add in their choice of lāʻau and additions (ʻōlena, lemongrass, rosemary) to make it their own special recipe. Everyone made & took home 2 jars of mea ʻai that they made to share with their ʻohana.
3) Financial Wellness
All participants learned a big lesson on perception, differences in our Native Hawaiian wellness system vs. modern finances.
Day #1: Ahupuaʻa Wellness. Students participated in a group activity that divided them into 5 ahupuaʻa. Mission: to have a flora or fauna in their ahupuaʻa that can be used in hale making, food, & medicine. If they could not find one they had to trade with another ahupuaʻa. This lesson taught them about our old kanaka system that depended on bartering and services for everyone to survive.
Day #2: Modern day Finances. Each group participated in an activity that helped them to all realize how much money they spend in a month and make a budget. In the end it was pay day and according to which card they pulled they got real household pay day scenarios that they had to work with after they totalled all of their bills (rich hale, no workers, tūtū caregiver, good job, etc.). These activities brought much enlightenment to everyone in how much we spend and people view financial wellness. It is not a rich or poor, who has money and a big house, it's how you view your situation. A farmer might not need a big job cause he already supplies his family with food.
We were fortunate to have Liliʻuokalani Trust visit and assist with this portion. They explained and role-played situations in which hoʻopono could be used so that families don't get into hoʻoponopono.
Everyone practiced scenarios with each other that could be used in their hale.