HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The "Ku'i at the Capitol" event brought hundreds of students from Hawaiian Charter Schools together to pound kalo. They made about 2,000 pounds of poi, which they shared with lawmakers and the public.
"The capitol needs an event that only brings positivity and we couldn't think of any better way to do that than by sharing kalo and by talking about what brought our ancestors together," said Daniel Anthony, a kalo cultural practitioner.
The organizers are making a documentary about kalo called "I am Haloa", a feature-length documentary about Hawaiian identity and culture, as understood through the story of Hāloa, the original Hawaiian, and the traditional Hawaiian food staple commonly known as poi -- or pa'i'ai. This film tells the story of three Kamehameha School seniors who embark on a journey of self-discovery as they travel throughout the Hawaiian Islands to re-establish a link to their oldest ancestor, Hāloa. For 90-days they will commit to cultivating, harvesting and eating kalo for three meals a day.
"If there are still Hawaiians and people of Hawaii making poi and being sustainable in a 150 years -- it's because of the work that we're doing right now," said Anthony.