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Hands-on Hawaiian Cultural Class – Uses of the Coconut

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Participants will learn about preparing the coconut tree for use, including husking a coconut for drinking, cordage, tasting and more. From root to fruit, the uses of the coconut tree are many and provided a “one stop shop” for ancient Hawaiians while fulfilling many needs.

“Canoe plants” refer to the many useful plants that Polynesians first brought to Hawaii on their voyaging canoes. The plants to be used in the workshops include hau (hibiscus), ipu (gourd), niu (coconut), and ulu (breadfruit).

As the most important “canoe plant” and because the park is the former site of the King’s kalo (taro) patch, information on kalo will be presented at each workshop. Several beds of kalo are currently growing at the park.




May 8
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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