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Keawanui Update 6/26/24

This month ʻĀina Momona hosted a cultural camp at Keawanui Cultural Learning Center to honor and learn more about Kamehameha I. One of the primary focuses was mālama ʻāina, from ma uka to ma kai. The ʻōpio trekked up ma uka to transplant ʻaʻaliʻi and ʻōhiʻa lehua in our ahupuaʻa restoration area. They learned about the negative impact that ungulates, wind & rain erosion have on the land, and the need to reforest the barren landscape with natives. Youth participants also helped pot papaya seedlings in the farm and learned more about the loko iʻa and how it feeds our community.

Our restoration work continues with a focus on clearing out dangerous invasives in the Kaʻamola ahupuaʻa. Fireweed, Lantana, Christmas berries, and Formosa koa are hand cleared to make grass paddocks to stop erosion and feed the herd of axis deer in the ahupuaʻa. Deer meat is a critical part of Molokaʻi’s subsistence economy. Hunting deer allows us to control erosion and feed our families and community at the same time. To support our work, please donate below

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