Community Joins in the Fun at FREE Mauka to Makai Event

Sunny weather greeted friends and family at the First Annual Mauka to Makai event presented by the Health Center August 5-6, 2017. Participants were treated to fun and educational activities focused on the traditional Hawaiian concept of ahupua'a—land sections that run from the mountains to the ocean. Traditional Hawaiian protocol set the tone each day for a weekend immersed in culture, fun and learning.

More than 100 attended Saturday’s Mauka event at Ka'ala Farm to learn about traditional ahupua'a practices from its executive director, Eric Enos and other staff. The morning continued with work in the lo'i which also helped clear water access. Kalo was harvested and prepared with board and stone and guests enjoyed delicious dishes thanks to their efforts.

More than 350 people attended Sunday's Makai event at Poka'i Bay, where they could sign up for a wide variety of ocean activities thanks to legendary waterman Duane DeSoto and Nā Kama Kai's expertise in stand-up paddle boarding, canoe paddling, ocean safety and rescue techniques and the Kroc Center staff's skills at teaching keiki how to swim. Other options were available for land lovers including traditional canoe and surfboard carving and the opportunity to learn about the Ku'ilioloa Heiau, Hōkūle'a and E Ala traditional voyaging canoes, voyaging foods, 'opae trap building, and the coconut rhinoceros beetle. Both days offered plenty of fun activities for the keiki and everyone was treated to a delicious lunch catered by Ka'aha'aina Café.

The Health Center sends a big mahalo to its partners and co-sponsors, Nā Kama Kai, Ka'ala Farm, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Honu'apo. A special mahalo to all the individuals and organizations that shared their mana'o at the event including Iolani Adams, Glen Kila, Poki'i Magallanes, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Kahumana Organic Farm, O'ahu-Waianae Chapter of the Hawai'i Farmers Union United, Mālama Learning Center, E Ala Voyaging Canoe and Kōkua Hawai'i Foundation.