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Volunteers from Papahana Kuaola get knee deep in mud for Earth Day

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Congresswoman Mazie Hirono

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - About forty volunteers on Oahu's windward side celebrated this Earth Day weekend by clearing the Waipao Lo'i in Kaneohe.

Unafraid to get knee deep in the action, volunteers from Papahana Kuaola pulled weeds out from the taro patch and re-circulated the mud and soil by foot.

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono also lent a helping hand by being a link in a human chain that moved large rocks from one end of the lo'i to the other. The Congresswoman praised Saturday's volunteers, especially the students, "I think it's really important. To see you and the other kids working in the lo'i, it's connecting the earth, environment, plants and that's a good thing. Making sure it's producing taro the way old Hawaiians did it and to learn the old ways. I think it's really important. You begin to appreciated the hard work that went into it and the whole community works together."

Papahana Kuaola is a non profit, native Hawaiian organization, whose mission is to create quality education programs focused on environmental restoration and economic sustainability.

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