During the past few months, our learners have been able to learn about growing kalo (a very important local Hawai’ian plant), tending gardens, taking care of the ‘āina (the land/Earth). Classes have visited Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai at University of Hawaii to learn about the importance of the kalo to the local culture. They have squished leaves into mud, they have walked barefoot in the Lo’i patch, they have pounded poi; so it was fitting that we would work on poster designs for the first annual Kalo Festival Art Contest hosted by Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai.
From Kindergarten through grade 5 learners took the time to think about why Mālama Hāloa (Taking Care of the Kalo) is so important to them, to the community and to Hawai’i.
Here are a few entries we delivered
And just when I was wondering what happened to the contest, an email appeared!
“Aloha mai e Kelli,
I hope you had a nice spring break! Mahalo for getting all your haumāna to participate in our 1st Annual Mālama Hāloa Keiki Art Contest. It was a huge success with almost 200 participating students from several schools. The panel of local artist chose Kaitlyn Tokunaga’s illustration as the art piece that exemplified Mālama Hāloa. They were impressed by her use of color and detailed parts of the kalo plant, as well as the different ways she showed how to care for Hāloa. A favorite of the panel was #4 how she showed “kalo is also special becuase you can make it again and again and again a lot of time.” Kaitlyn’s illustration was presented during the festival. Congratulations Kaitlyn!
Please see the attached flyer and lets organize a good day for us to come and do the ku’i kalo demonstration for Kaitlyn’s class.
Summer & Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai Staff”
And here is the winner, congrats to our own Kaitlyn!