Volunteers invited to help restore Waipio lo‘i


Community members are invited to join in the restoration of 22 lo‘i (taro patches) at the historic village site of Napo‘opo‘o in Waipio Valley.

Pohaha I Ka Lani, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is conducting the restoration under its program titled “Ho‘omalamalama I Ka Malama (causing the moon to shine)/Kawai I Ho‘oulu Ai (the water that allows things to flourish)” — meaning to bring together the balancing energies required for the restoration efforts.

Participants will kokua, or help, in the restoration process while gaining cultural knowledge, Hawaiian history, place names and more.

“The goal is to restore and revitalize 22 traditional lo‘i, with an emphasis on preserving the cultural and natural resources of historic Napo‘opo‘o while also providing a cultural learning experience,” said spokesman Jesse Potter.

Pohaha I Ka Lani efforts are supported by an Office of Hawaiian Affairs grant focused on “Land & Water: Achieve Pae ‘Aina Sustainability” to support its restoration program, along with other grants from the East Hawaii Fund and ‘O‘io Project and donations.

Activities are available for all ages. Food will be provided to participants as gratitude for their kokua. Transportation support is available upon request.

Interested individuals and groups may email kauhikoa21@aol.com to set up a date for participation.