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Pani ka Puka
December 12, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
On December 12th, Paepae o He‘eia will hold a large-scale community event to place the final rocks and coral needed to fix the puka (hole) in the 800-year old He‘eia Fishpond wall.
The 80-foot hole, caused by flood damage, has rendered the fishpond unusable for aquaculture for nearly 50 years. This event marks the end of the Pani ka Puka Campaign, launched by Paepae o He‘eia in December of 2014, to raise the funds and volunteer hours needed to fix the hole in He‘eia Fishpond’s wall. Paepae o He’eia is asking 1,000 people to join them in a show of community strength/unity/action for the purpose of restoring our traditional food systems and spaces. Volunteers will stand in one single-file line and pass rocks of various sizes and buckets filled with coral from the fishpond parking lot over 2,000 feet to their final destination in the puka.
• 7:30am Buses begin shuttle service from Alaloa St. parking lot to Heʻeia Fishpond.
• 9-11am Participants will work to pani ka puka (close the hole), ending with oli.
• 11a-1p Buses continue shuttle service from Heʻeia Fishpond to Alaloa St. parking lot.
All interested volunteers must visit www.paepaeoheeia.org to signup for the event. Available on the website will be event details, a map to the parking lot, and words to a short oli (chant) that they humbly ask people learn before arriving the day of the event. Volunteers should wear clothes to get dirty, covered shoes and a reusable water bottle. Other suggested items are hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and gloves.
The designated parking lot for the event is 46-64 Alaloa Street which is a large empty parking lot directly mauka (mountain side) of Windward Mall at the intersection of Alaloa St and Haiku Road in Kaneʻohe. No parking will be available near Heʻeia Fishpond. The parking lot opens at 7:30am and participants will be shuttleed via bus to and from Heʻeia Fishpond.