Making connections to kalo, the ‘aina, and each other

La ‘Ohana (Family Day) is a hands-on experience where families learn about planting, growing, harvesting, preparing, cooking, and eating kalo, all in one morning! Since 2013, families have been gathering at Ka‘ala Farm on a monthly basis to work in the community kalo mala (dry-land taro gardens).

The day starts with a brief overview of Ka‘ala Farm and its cultural significance along with the significance of kalo to Native Hawaiians. Then it is onto the mala! Here the families work together to harvest, plant, and care for their elder brother, kalo. Once the mala work is completed, families clean cooked kalo, pound poi, and make kalo flatbread. The day finishes with an aloha circle of sharing, pule, and a kalo-inspired lunch!

The goal of La ‘Ohana is for families to reconnect to the ‘aina, their community, each other, healthy eating, and doing things together as a family. For families who would like to learn more about growing kalo and other traditional foods, the Ka‘ala staff is happy to share their knowledge and provide opportunities for families to continue to learn in the mala.

Thanks to grant funds from the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Hawaii Medical Service Association, there is no charge to families!

Come and join us, the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9AM to 1PM, as we laulima (work together) to malama (take care of) our garden. Different work tasks will be set for us to kokua (help) in. Bring your ‘ohana out to Ka‘ala Farm!

‘A’OHE HANA NUI KE ALU ‘IA

NO TASK IS TOO BIG WHEN DONE BY ALL

(‘OLELO NO’EAU 142)

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