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Day of Gratitude

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Day of Gratitude

Māʻona Community Garden does a community imu three times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Reservations for turkey spaces are made online. One drops off their turkey in a covered roasting pan the afternoon before the holiday; they handle all the imu prep and loading and unloading; then the kālua turkeys are ready for pick up the next morning. All they ask for is a donation. I had seen flyers and announcements in the past but never considered it until talking to Chantal while at the garden this year. One of the things we talked about was the amount of single...

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45 Minutes and a First "Harvest" of Lauhala

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45 Minutes and a First "Harvest" of Lauhala

Today I went to Māʻona Community Garden after about a month hiatus. I was delayed by road resurfacing and loading perforated cardboard so instead of the usual two hours, today I had 45 minutes to work on the puhala.  In the following pictures one can see the "before" and "45 minutes after" of the puhala I worked on today.  I will chip away at it until it's cleaned and has good ventilation around it. The blue arrow points to barely visible hala leaves. The next picture is 45 minutes later in the same area. As I was leaving, I heard a...

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#InkTober2021 Theme: Hala-weenie

Hawaiian style lauhala

#InkTober2021 Theme: Hala-weenie

 Day 1 For the month of October, artists/sketchers draw with ink and share it in their social media. There are Inktober Rules & Prompts, but one can use their own prompts or themes. This is my first time participating in #InkTober. I was inspired by Seattle Urban Sketcher "Fueled By Clouds & Coffee" Tina Koyama. After reading her blogs and going down the rabbit hole of sketching with fountain pens, I bought my first fude nib fountain pen. An inexpensive Jinhao pink shark. After finding that I enjoyed sketching with a fude nib, I invested in a better quality Franklin-Christoph 02 (F-C...

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Cleaning, Harvesting, and Mālama

Hawaiian style lauhala

Cleaning, Harvesting, and Mālama

Mālama:  nvt. To take care of, tend, attend, care for, preserve, protect, beware, save, maintain; to keep or observe, as a taboo; to conduct, as a service; to serve, honor, as God; care, preservation, support, fidelity, loyalty; custodian, caretaker, keeper. [https://wehewehe.org]  "Before"  "After" two cleaning visits.  Once the vines were cleared one could see its "feet."  The person who planted this puhala made a little rock "wall" around the base. There was probably more space between the puhala keiki and the rocks at that time. I do this when I plant things in my yard to create a protective boundary...

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Salvaging Lauhala

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Salvaging Lauhala

These pictures were taken over the past weeks and during my visits at Māʻona Community Garden.   I almost always forget to take "before" pictures.  The picture (above left) is an "after" picture but one would never know we actually thinned the puhala. The above right picture is the underside and one can see the stubs of branches we cut from the trunk.  It had been so tightly packed with branches that very little ventilation was causing the leaves to rot before truly drying.  The picture below is some but not all of the green waste. With devastating invasive species such as...

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