Mākeke Kapolei, the weekly farmers’ and green market at Kapolei High, will benefit from a grant from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement to build awareness of, and respect and appreciation for, sustainable Hawaiian cultural practices among residents and visitors attending Mākeke Kapolei. Thanks to the grant, a special feature at Mākeke Kapolei this week (April 26) will help shoppers get up close to various types of native Hawaiian limu (seaweed) and discuss traditional (and some not so traditional) uses. Uncle Henry Chang Wo and Wally Ito will teach how to identify native limu and invasive algae, as well as explain why we are losing our native limu resources and how we can all help. You’ll even get to sample a delicious limu salad! This activity will be free of charge and repeated throughout the afternoon from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Please join us!
We would also like to thank the Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center for a grant to educate native Hawaiian youth about their culture through Mākeke Kapolei. Last month we hosted several children from a nearby shelter for the homeless and they participated in hands-on activities and ate a healthy dinner made by Kapolei High’s culinary program supplemented by donations from MP Farms and Hawaiian Pineapple Company.