Nā Laua'e O Makana is an ‘Aina Based Program Meant to focus on the mea ko’iko’i / waiwai to Halele’a and particularly Ha’ena. There were 3 main ‘ala ‘ike for guiding our curriculum:
-Na Mea Kaulana no Ha’ena
-Ka Hana Kalo: Traditions of Ha’ena
-Lawai’a Pracitces of Ha’ena
Week 1 included an introduction to Haleleʻa and Haʻena. A large part of this week was centered around going on huakaʻi to the places of Haʻena and learning about the moʻolelo of the place. In week 2, students learned about key Haʻena/Haleleʻa plants that were significant to their families and kupuna of Haʻena. They learned moʻolelo, horticultural care from experts, gathering practices, and mele/oli from our place. In week 3, students learned about Kalo, the various kupuna varieties, and kalo traditions in Haʻena. Week 4 was Lawaiʻa week, including makoi style fishing, limu gathering, hoʻolei ʻupena, imukai, and much more. Our final week included a small hoʻike outdoors on the fishing art of paipai - a traditional practice of our Haʻena people.