The keiki of Molokai joined the kupuna yesterday for project Ulu La’au, designed to educate the families of Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool about the importance of trees to our environment.
The special program was held at the old Ho’olehua Headstart School near the Lanikeha Center. Preschool students planted ohia and lehua trees as well as three types of kokio, or native hibiscus plants — the kokio ulaula (red), kokio keakea (white) and the hau hele mau (yellow).
Doug Kingsley from the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate can be thanked for donating the trees and plants. Rob Bento, a teacher at Molokai High School, donated the lehua trees.
This project was done in conjunction with Alu Like, which is in the process of moving its native Hawaiian library from the Kulana ‘Oiwi Center to its new home in Ho’olehua at the old school.
Faith Horner from Alu Like, who provided the opening pule, said this move will make the resources of the library more accessible to homesteaders in Ho’olehua. Alu Like is a non-profit group that works to extend various services to all native Hawaiians.
Local kupuna joined in the celebration by providing live music. Kaui Kapuni and the Kupuna Program can be thanked for making it possible.