Keawaiki to Puʻu Waʻawaʻa…

I was lucky enough to bid farewell to the Dragon Year and bring in the year of the Snake with my good friends Uncle Sig and Kuhao Zane. After the Chinese New Years celebration ended at their downtown Hilo shop, we packed up and headed over saddle to Keawaiki Bay. Alan Brown, a close friend of Sig, invited them down for the night. I have always heard how beautiful this place was and it was such a privilege to experience it first hand.

Pahu was made from these coconut trees

Gathering Kupeʻe after sunset

Duke Kahanamoku swam in this pond

Gabby Pahinui recorded his album “Gabby” here in Keawaiki

Later that morning we made the drive up to Puʻu Waʻawaʻa. Solomon Apio organized a work day with the men of Halau o Kekuhi and volunteers from UH Hilo. We spent a few hours planting Kauila and Uhiuhi before gathering Kauila wood that would eventually be made into ie kuku.

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