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June 2, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Presenting: MHC@Home Virtual Tours

By Keʻala Wong & Jenny Engle Welina kākou, e komo mai! Greetings everybody and welcome! We hope you are all safe and healthy and enjoying the longer, soon-to-be-summer days. In early July, we will reopen our MHC campus but in the meantime, we’ve developed a way for you to enjoy the mo‘olelo (stories) of the […]

May 27, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Making Dye from Native & Canoe Plants

By Zoe Welch Zoe Welch lives in Pālolo Valley and is a ninth-grader at Punahou School. For her Biology “Action Aloha ‘Āina” semester project, she was tasked with creating an ecology project that promotes awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of Hawaiʻi and honors the intersection of culture, history, and ecology. She chose to make dye from […]

May 19, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

ʻUala For All

By Carmela Tafoya Mānoa Valley resident and longtime Mānoa Heritage Center docent and friend, Carmela Tafoya is a self-described ‘uala (sweet potato) enthusiast. Growing up in Atlanta and Albuquerque, Carmela had never enjoyed a purple sweet potato before arriving in Honolulu. A personal trainer by trade, her love for the canoe plant tuber has led […]

May 12, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Kalo: Hawaiʻi’s Green Wealth

Ka iʻa lau nui o ka ʻāina Big-leaved fish of the land. Luʻau or taro greens ʻŌlelo Noeʻau #1360 The Big fish has cross-cultural implications symbolizing prosperity and story-telling. Historically, Mānoa Valley was an important source of kalo on O‘ahu. We know that the back of the valley was once planted extensively with lo‘i kalo […]

May 5, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Mahalo To All Our Teachers!

Today is National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week continues through Friday. Mahalo a teacher that inspired you! By Jenny Engle, Director of Education ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokāhi. All knowledge is not learned in just one school. ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #203 The best teachers are those that open perspectives, doors, and worlds […]

April 28, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Every Day is Earth Day in Hawaiʻi!

Native Plant Propagation With Moani Hibbard and Seraphina Ortiz Today we have asked MHC friend and practitioner Moani Hibbard (you may have taken one of her hands-on ‘āina to skincare workshops at MHC) and her three-year-old daughter Seraphina to show us two different techniques for plant propagation. Moani is the owner of Ao Ola and […]

April 21, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Celebrating Lā Honua (Earth Day)

ʻUlu Can Save the World By Aunty ʻUlu, Helen Nakano To celebrate Lā Honua (Earth Day) we are highlighting the versatility and world-saving powers of ʻUlu (breadfruit) and reached out to our own Aunty ʻUlu, Helen Nakano. A longtime resident of Mānoa Valley, Helen is a champion and steward of the valley. A dear friend, MHC […]

April 14, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

The Healing Power of ʻŌlena

By Noe Johnson Join us every Tuesday as we highlight the importance of native plants and how they can be used today. Don’t have a native plant in your yard or on your balcony? We’ll cover how to propagate different plants in a future post! Today we learn from longtime MHC volunteer Noe Johnson, and how […]

April 7, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

The Value of Time

By Suzan Harada As we are all adjusting to new daily rhythms—although there are many uncertainties, one clear gift is time. I save hours each day by not having to commute. These hours can go towards physical wellness I never had time for before, casual gardening that got lost in the blur of “normal” days, […]

March 31, 2020 • Kaʻaipū Kākou Blog, MHC@Home

Welcome to MHC@Home!

By Mānoa Heritage Center Staff Aloha and e komo mai! Mānoa Heritage Center is excited to welcome you to our new blog, Kaʻaipū Kākou, and online learning space.  A place to share and learn from each other and with each other, especially in this current time. We will also be posting fun, educational activities that […]