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Hawaiian News: Limu Day

Hiilei Kawelo Hiilei Kawelo
Ikaika Wise Ikaika Wise
Paul Reppun Paul Reppun

HEEIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - One man's trash is another man's treasure. That was the case for the folks over at Heʻeia Fishpond. After fishpond workers removed tons of invasive algae, they found someone who was eager to take it off their hands. Amy Kalili has more.

Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. Ua lilo ka hihia limu ʻç ma Heʻeia, he kîpulu lua ʻole no kçia mahi ʻai o Waiâhole.

Heʻeia's invasive limu problem became a Waiâhole farmer's perfect fertilizer.

I kuʻu wâ liʻiliʻi nui nâ limu like ʻole, ka limu lîpçpç, ka limu manauea, ka limu kohu, limu huluhulu waena, akâ i kçia manawa ʻaʻohe, ʻaʻohe. He minamina nui wale.

Hiʻilei Kawelo

Luna Hoʻokele, Paepae o Heʻeia

I grew up fishing here, gathering all types of native limu; lîpçpç, mauaea, kohu, huluhulu waena, but not anymore.

ʻO Hiʻilei ka luna hoʻokele ma kçia loko iʻa o Heʻeia, he 88 ʻeka kona nui. A ʻo kekahi pahuhopu, ʻo ia ka wehe pau loa ʻana i ka limu ʻç mai ka loko iʻa aku.

Hiʻilei is overseeing operations to restore the 88-acre fishpond in Heʻeia. That goal includes removing tons of invasive limu.

I kçia lâ, loaʻa kekahi lâ limu. Ua loaʻa i kekahi hui e kôkua iâ mâkou e ʻohi i nâ limu.

Ikaika Wise

Limahana, Paepae o Heʻeia

This group came to help with "limu day."

Ulu a hewa ka limu ʻç, ʻAʻole maikaʻi no ke koʻa, no ke kai, no ka mea ulu ma luna o ke koʻa a make ke koʻa. Inâ make ke koʻa, make ka iʻa.

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Invasive limu grows wild. They kill the coral and dead coral means dead fish.

Ua kôkua nâ haumâna o ke kula ʻo St. Ann's i nâ limahana o ka loko iʻa ma ka wehe i ka limu ʻç. Ua piha he 300 ʻeke, he 20 paona o ka pâkahi.

Students from Kâneʻohe's St. Ann's Model Schools helped workers remove nearly 300, 20-lb. bags of invasive limu.

ʻAʻole hoʻi i kîloi wale ʻia aku kçia limu ʻç akâ, ua hoʻohana kûpono ʻia nô ma ia ʻâina hoʻokahi nô.

This invaisve limu wasn't just tossed but used constructively right in their area.

It's all fertilizer. We use it sometimes we till it straight into the dirt, into the loʻi, sometimes we use it as mulch on the surface, either way.

Paul Reppun

Waiâhole Farmer

He mea hoʻomomona lepo a hoʻohana pû ʻia no ke kîpulu.

Ua piha ʻo hope o ʻekolu kalaka i kçia limu a ua halihali ʻia aku i uka i ko ʻAnakala ʻâina e mahi ʻia nei, he 12 paha ʻeka kona nui.

Three trucks loads of limu were hauled back up to his 12-acre farm.

We've been using it a lot on ʻuala and it seems to be working really well for that because it's high in potassium.

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Hoʻohana pinepine au no ka ʻuala, ʻoiai maikaʻi kona nui potasiuma.

Ua hôʻea aku kekahi mau haumâna no ke kula ʻo Punahou i uka no ke kôkua iâ ʻAnakala ma ka wili ʻana i ka limu i ka lepo ma nâ puʻe ʻuala.

ʻAnakala got help from some Punahou students to till the limu into the ʻuala.

This limu, it seems like it helps to keep the bugs away and the potato comes out real clean, real solid, real firm, real good.

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He ʻano lâʻau hoʻomake ia a hua ikaika a punapuna mai ka ʻuala i ia mea wale nô.

Helu ʻekahi nô kçia ʻano ʻimi pôʻaiapuni ʻana i nâ mea i pono ʻole kekahi wahi a kûpono naʻe ma kekahi. Nani ke akamai o ka Hawaiʻi. Ke aloha!

Recycling and resuing; a traditional Hawaiian concept in a traditional setting.

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