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Ola Ka ʻAi

Ke Kula Nui O Waimānalo

Waimānalo, HI

K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Fall 2022

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Ola Ka ʻAi was KKNOW's fall break program focused on introducing our youth to traditional food preparation practices. Youth participants were exposed to a wide array of food preparation like harvesting and butchering animals such as chickens and fish, different ways to cook those animals (frying, steaming, baking, poke/lomi ia, imu), harvesting food from the aina to use in meals (lau from kalo, kalo and ulu), constructing and cooking in imu. Exposing these youth to these practices are so important to ensure that they will forever be able to survive, grow their own food, make their own food and feed their ohana and community.

Overall the youth enjoyed this 4-day camp, majority came every day ready to go and dive into the new topics and lessons covered. Some learners didn't enjoy the chicken harvesting and butchering part and decided to stay far away. All participants keep asking when the next camp will be and if we will be doing similar activities.

We were able to bring together kupuna to share their expertise in food preparations and any techniques or tricks they have.

Mahalo nui for the opportunity!!

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