Coach Chow and UH Mānoa’s football team tackle on pounding poi and a day at the taro patch.
Hoʻonaʻauao ʻia ʻo Kaʻi Chow a me ke kime pōpeku o UH Mānoa i ka moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi.
I ka Poʻalima nei, ua launa ke kime pōpeku o Ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi me nā moʻopuna a nā Hāloa ma Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai ma ke Kulanui ʻO Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa. Haʻi mai ke poʻo o Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai i ka moʻolelo.
Wahi a Makahiapo Cashman, ke poʻo o Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, “I kēia lā, ke mālama ʻia nei ʻo Mālama Hāloa. Ke hoʻāʻo nei mākou e hāpai aʻe i nā nīnūnē nui o ke kaiaulu e like hoʻi me ka GMO a me ka mālama ʻana i ke kalo ma nā ʻano a pau. He lā kūikawā hoʻi kēia ʻoiai ua lawe mai ʻo Kaʻi Chow i ke kime pōpeku. Ua makemake ke kaʻi i nā kāne e hele mai a aʻo no nā mea koʻikoʻi o ka moʻomeheu ʻōiwi o Hawaiʻi. ʻOiai no ka ʻāina ʻē ka nui o nā kāne, ʻo kēia ka manawa mua o ko lākou aʻo ʻana e pili ana i ka moʻomeheu Hawaiʻi, ke koʻikoʻi o Hāloa i nā Hawaiʻi, ka maopopo ʻana i ka nui ʻokoʻa o nā ʻano kalo, a me ka waiwai o ka ʻokoʻa i ko ke ao.”
ʻO kekahi o nā haʻawina nui, ʻo ia nō ka hōʻihi. Ka hōʻihi ʻana i ka ʻāina a me nā kamaʻāina, a me ka hōʻihi ʻana i nā lāhui kānaka o ke ao.
Wahi a Makahiapo, “I ka nui o ka manawa hoʻopoina ʻia ka moʻomeheu ʻōiwi. No laila, i koʻu manaʻo, he mea nui ka ʻike ʻana a me ka hoʻomaopopo ʻana i nā ʻōiwi o ko ke ao.”
Inā ua piʻi ka hoi i loko o kekahi e aʻo e pili ana i ka Hawaiʻi, e like hoʻi me ka hana a kēia mau mea pāʻani pōpeku, e mālama ʻia ana kekahi hanana e Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai i kēia makahiki aʻe. ʻO Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai Kalo Festival ka inoa o ia hanana a e mālama ʻia ana ma ka lā 2 o Malaki, ma ka hola 8:15 o ke kakahiaka a hiki i ka hola 4 o ka ʻauinalā ma Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, ma Ke Kulanui ʻO Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa.
-na Nāhulu Maioho
Last Friday, the UH football team got up close with Hawaiian taro culture at Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, UH Mānoa. The loʻi’s Coordinator explains.
According to Makahiapo Cashman, Director of Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, “Today we are having a Mālama Hāloa Event. We are trying to raise awareness of different issues like labeling GMO products and taking care of Hāloa and the different varieties and preventing the GMO or the testing of Hawaiian varieties as well too. Today was special because we got to bring in coach Chow and the football team. You know the coach wanted the boys to come down because he was trying to help raise awareness of Hawaiian culture and the host community here in Hawaiʻi. A lot of the boys come from different places in the US, some of them from other countries, so this is their, really first time of understanding what Hawaiian culture is really about, what the host culture is about. The importance of Hāloa especially, to Hawaiians and realizing the diversity of Taro, and things like that and how important diversity is to Hawaiʻi and to the world.”
One underlying message was respect; respect for land, people, and culture.
According to Makahiapo, “A lot of times the host culture gets kicked to the side…and people are going back and fort doing their thing, and they forget the host culture. So, I think you know where ever you go in the world, acknowledging the host culture and even learning it…is important.”
If anyone is interested in learning about Hawaiʻi’s host culture as these football players did, Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai will be hosting Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai Kalo Festival on March 02, from 8:15am – 4pm at Ka Papa Loʻi O Kānewai, UH Mānoa.
-by Nāhulu Maioho