In last week’s blog we shared how you can start an urban garden no matter how much “land” you have.

 

HonCC has several examples of urban gardens on campus. Each garden beautifully showcases care and personal passions that our faculty, staff, administrators, and students have for the ʻāina. Over the next several weeks we will be featuring the different gardens around the campus.

 

Ka Māla o NiuhelewaiThe Garden of Niuhelewai

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The creation of the Ka Māla o Niuhelewai began in 2011 with the building of a dry stack pā pōhaku (rock enclosure) and was made possible through the contributions of several community groups and individuals including:

  • Makanani Attwood & Ron Johnson, Ka Papa Lo’i o Kãnewai at the University of Hawai’i Mãnoa,
  • A grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs,
  • The State of Hawai‘i Taro Security & Purity Task Force, and
  • The Honolulu Community College Administration & Facilities Personnel.

 

Professor Alapaki Luke, along with several Native Hawaiian Program faculty and staff, oversee the planting, care of, and harvesting of the māla and its crops each year. For the past six years, the māla harvest has been the center of a campus and community Hoʻolauleʻa (celebration).

 

The māla serves as a teaching garden that provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn how to use traditional Native Hawaiian holistic approaches through mālama ‘āina (caring for land/earth), including how to set rock, land cultivation, planting and caring for native plants, including a variety of taro.

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Ka Māla o Niuhelewai promotes the Hawaiian values of mālama (to care for) and laulima (to help, cooperation) by sharing cuttings from the māla with other O‘ahu schools.

 

In June 2012, the māla received the Betty Crocker Landscape Award of Excellence Award in the Xeriscape (landscaping and gardening that reduces, or eliminates, the need for supplemental irrigation water) Category.

 

To learn more about, or to volunteer for, the award-winning Ka Māla o Niuhelewai, contact Professor Alapaki Luke at markluke@hawaii.edu

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