Dry Box Workshop…

Paepae o Heʻeia held a dry box workshop, under their grant with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, at Heʻeia Fishpond last Saturday. Dry boxes are awesome to have not only to dry fish, but fruits, vegetables, etc. Traditionally, dry boxes werenʻt needed because there were no flies in Hawaiʻi, however nowadays the box is meant to keep the food sanitary. Back in the day things were just dried on rocks or hung on lines to dry and always heavily salted to aid in the preservation of food. Salting and drying were the only way to preserve food for long periods of time without refrigerators.

Lopaka Aiwohi and Eric Enos (shown teaching above) were the guest experts all the way from Kaʻala Farm in Waiʻanae Valley. Aiwohi is an all around kanaka, skilled in fishing, hunting and all outdoor activities. Enos is a long time Waiʻanae resident who is the co-founder of Kaʻala Farm, Inc., a Wai‘anae based community organization that has operated the Cultural Learning Center at Ka‘ala for nearly three decades.

The men from Kaʻala Farm showed up with 25 prepared dry box kits, complete with color coded instructions. They put in a lot of work cutting all the wood to the perfect size just to make the workshop flow smoother. It paid off because each participant left happily with a completed dry box.

The finished product. Mahalo to Lopaka Aiwohi, Eric Enos, Paepae o Heʻeia and all the participants who came out to make this workshop a success!

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