On Saturday, December 18th, members of Ka Hana No’eau’s mentorship program piled into vans and drove up to Saddle Road in search of ohia lehua, or liko, to create wreaths for the holidays. After listening to quick instructions as to what to look for and how to pick it, the group dispersed in all directions in search of the perfect colors and the perfect shapes to attach to their wreaths. In between the two mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, participants filled big, black trash bags with foliage while laughing and chattering with one another. After a couple of hours, it was time to head home.
Upon return to the Kohala Intergenerational Center, the cleaning and bundling began. The group went through their findings and separated the usable pieces from the unusable pieces. The usable pieces were then put into little bundles and tied together. These bundles were then attached to the base of the wreath. Group members added more and more bundles until the entire base was covered. At the end of the day, the participants took home beautiful wreaths for the holidays.