On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the staff of Ka Pa‘alana had the privilege of spending the day and working alongside Mark Stride and his ‘ohana at Luluku Farms in Kāne‘ohe. For over 15 years, Mark, his ‘ohana, and volunteers from all over the islands (and even some from the Continental US) have been involved in a labor of love, helping to restore traditional agri-cultural food systems as a means of holistic healing for those most in need.
Over the course of 4 hours, the Ka Pa‘alana staff got to tend to the existing lo‘i kalo, as well as prepare and plant a new one. Along the way, Mark shared the historical and spiritual significance of the area, as well as the deep sense of kuleana he feels toward restoring the traditional lo‘i kalo and utilizing the ‘āina as a means of healing and nourishment. The day ended as all good days do, with the sharing of food, fellowship, stories and songs.
Mahalo to the Stride ‘ohana for opening your home to us and being obedient to the path that Ke Akua has set before you.