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6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival, Nov. 21-22

By Wendy Osher

The 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival takes place this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, in East Maui.

The festival is organized by the non-profit group, Nā Mamo O Mū‘olea, to provide a deeper understanding of native limu (seaweed), and to become mindful of the roles the public plays in ensuring ocean resources are available for future generations.

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Hāna Limu Festival, file photo credit: Manuel Mejia.

Event organizers say the event last year drew between 500 and 600 people.  This year, the event will focus on the theme, “Makai to Mauka” or ocean to mountain and will include cooking demonstrations, ʻopihi monitoring, limu identification, and educational booths.

Organizers say native limu is important, not only as a nutritious part of the traditional Hawaiian diet, but for its vital importance to the health of the ocean, providing food and shelter for native reef fish and other marine life.

The festival starts with a talk story session,  E Wala‘au Kākou, on Friday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 8:30  p.m. at Helene Hall at Hāna Bay Beach Park.  Discussion includes participation from kūpuna, community leaders, cultural practitioners and limu experts.

Speakers will discuss how our oceans and fresh water – and the health of limu, fish, plants, culture and more – are inherently connected. Speakers will include: Kumu Kau‘i Kanaka‘ole, Hālau O Nakaulakuhikuhi; Henry Chang Wo, Jr., ʻEwa Beach Limu Project; Skippy Hau, Aquatic Biologist, DLNR; Wally Ito, ʻEwa Beach Limu Project; Bill Thomas, Director of NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Services Center; Celia Smith, UH Mānoa Department of Botany; and Sol Kahoʻohalahala, with Ahupuaʻa O Maunalei.

The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Stuarday, Nov. 22, at Kapueokahi (Hāna Bay) with hands-on youth actiivties, entertainment, and demonstrations.

The list of activities on Saturday includes:

The mission of Nā Mamo O Mūʻolea is to “perpetuate traditional management of the Mūʻolea ahupuaʻa, and to restore and maintain Mūʻolea’s natural, cultural, scenic, historic and marine resources for the benefit, education and enjoyment of our community and future generations.”

Hāna Limu Festival, file photo credit: Manuel Mejia. [1]

Hāna Limu Festival, file photo credit: Manuel Mejia.

Kumu Kau‘i Kanaka‘ole (left), of Hālau O Nakaulakuhikuhi is one of the guest speakers at the 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival “Makai to Mauka.” Courtesy photo. [2]

Kumu Kau‘i Kanaka‘ole (left), of Hālau O Nakaulakuhikuhi is one of the guest speakers at the 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival “Makai to Mauka.” Courtesy photo.

Hāna Limu Festival, file photo credit: Manuel Mejia. [3]

Hāna Limu Festival, file photo credit: Manuel Mejia.

6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival event flyer. [4]

6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival event flyer.

Bill Thomas (right), Director of NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Services Center; and Celia Smith (left), UH Mānoa Department of Botany are among the speakers at the 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival.  Photo credit: Manuel Mejia. [5]

Bill Thomas (right), Director of NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Services Center; and Celia Smith (left), UH Mānoa Department of Botany are among the speakers at the 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia.

The 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival features keiki games, art projects and interactive science activities. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia. [6]

The 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival features keiki games, art projects and interactive science activities. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia.

The 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival features live music by Kaniala Masoe. Courtesy photo. [7]

The 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival features live music by Kaniala Masoe. Courtesy photo.

Skippy Hau, Aquatic Biologist, DLNR is among the speakers scheduled to attend the 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia. [8]

Skippy Hau, Aquatic Biologist, DLNR is among the speakers scheduled to attend the 6th Annual Hāna Limu Festival. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia.

Wally Ito, ‘Ewa Beach Limu Project. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia. [9]

Wally Ito, ‘Ewa Beach Limu Project. Photo credit: Manuel Mejia.