The virtual home of Cherie's Place
The virtual home of Cherie's Place
Cart 0

Blog — ule hala

Hala Roots Look Like Something From A Sci-Fi Movie...

Hawaiian style ule hala

Hala Roots Look Like Something From A Sci-Fi Movie...

I was back at Māʻona Community Garden this morning.  Chantal was working her chainsaw taking down a puhala that had grown out of its pot and was putting pressure on a retaining wall.  She said "hey, look at this!" and I just had to take pictures. The underside of the ulehala (aerial root) that splayed out to smaller roots. Right side up view.A flattened plastic planter pot that Chantal found under the splayed root. It was amazing that the ulehala (aerial root) came down, hit the plastic pot and flattened it. When the ulehala couldn't grow through the plastic to reach the ground, it...

Read more →


Waste Not, Want Not... A Little Goes A Long Way...

Hawaiian style ule hala

Waste Not, Want Not... A Little Goes A Long Way...

I was helping Chantal at Māʻona Community Garden last week. We pruned a bushy puhala. I forgot to take a "before" picture.  While all the branches and leaves we cut were put aside to compost, it seemed like a waste to let it all go without trying to make something of it.  I saved some green lau, which I will write about it in another post, and four ulehala (aerial roots) pictured above.  When making papale, we weave in a string at the beginning of the brim to hold its shape and fit.  When I first started making papale I...

Read more →