Each semester Hōʻala Hou, a Title III funded program, offers FREE workshops that is open to all HonCC ʻohana.

On October 3rd the program hosted a dry box workshop in the courtyard of Building 5.

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PC: Hauʻoli Lorenzo-Elarco

Hoʻāla Hou Culture & Place-Based Learning Coordinator, Hauʻoli Lorenzo-Elarco praised student Kiha Rodrigues for creating and leading this workshop. “This was really his brainchild that was driven by his passion,” he said.

Due to its popularity, there will be a follow-up dry box workshop is planned.

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PC: Hauʻoli Lorenzo-Elarco

The dry box workshop was held across from a traditional Hawaiian hale that is currently under construction. Master hale builder, Uncle Palani Sinenci, was hired to guide the HonCC ʻohana in learning the traditional methods of erecting a hale. 

“It looked and felt like a Hawaiian place of learning,” said Lorenzo-Elarco.

The hale will be a community gathering space & the piko (center) of our campus for many years to come. You are invited to periodically visit the “construction site” to witness the progress of this unique structure.

“A long-time member of our UH community expressed to me his excitement and gratitude to our administration and the Hawaiian programs for really transforming the court yard into a beautiful and functional area.”

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PC: Celia Chang Takahashi

Since the hale is a place for our HonCC ‘ohana, everyone is invited to assist in the building. If you are interested, please contact Kalani Flores at pflores@hawaii.edu to volunteer.

Source: Ka Lā HonCC Student News

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