Ka Māla o Niuhelewai’s eighth annual Hoʻolauleʻa and Sustainability Showcase took place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This year’s theme was Hawaiian Culture and Sustainability. It was a combined event with the Kūlana Hawaiʻi: The Hawaiian Programs Division, Student Life and Development and the Sustainability Committee’s Showcase.

The event provided participants with a variety of interactive activities, information exhibitors, contests, and delicious food.

Participants were issued a “passport” when they checked. To receive a Hawaiian plate lunch participants needed to fill their passports with stamps by visiting all the venues.

Planting seedlings was one of may activities

The event is a community effort that brings the entire HonCC ʻohana together. Volunteers were on site to help people make kuʻi ʻai (poi) by pounding kalo (taro) using papa kuʻi ʻai (poi boards) and pōhaku kuʻi ʻai (poi stones). Others harvested kalo (taro) and other crops such as ʻuala (sweet potato) from Ka Māla o Niuhelewai, the campusʻs Hawaiian garden. Musical entertainment was provided by HonCC faculty, staff, students, and community musicians.

To practice mālama ʻāina (caring for the land/earth) and support the campus’s sustainability efforts and the event’s theme, participants were encouraged to bring their own reusable lunch containers/plates, water bottles and utensils. For those that did not bring their own they could weave launiu (coconut leaves) or use ti leaves as plates. Student Life and Development gave away reusable items on a first come basis.

An entry in the Trash to Treasure contest

An important part of the Hoʻolauleʻa and Sustainability Showcase is the annual Trash to Treasure Contest. Each year HonCC students, faculty and staff are invited to upcycle/repurpose trash into works of art or pieces that provide a practical use using items. Contest entries were displayed and voted on by event attendees.

This year there were 26 projects were entered in the contest and more than 250 people voted for their favorite piece.

Below is a list of the student and faculty/staff winners:

Student Winners

1st Place: Cherell Keamo, Catchment Water Planter

2nd Place: Ressley Dabbs III, Scrap Metal Bonsai Tree

3rd Place: Michael Vongkhamchanh, Minion Flower Pot

Faculty/Staff Winners

1st Place: Kalehua Kamakawiwoole, Hydroponic Herb Garden

2nd Place: Bobby Salvatierra, Heavy Light

3rd Place: Henry Maile, Piston Clock

See additional highlights from this year’s Hoʻolauleʻa Sustainability Showcase and Trash to Treasure Contest in their respective Flickr albums.