Island plants can create colorful Easter eggs

Published: Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:44 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 9, 2009 at 2:30 PM HST
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Josie Hon
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WAIMEA (KHNL) - Students from Sunset Beach Christian School are learning how to use traditional dyes from island plants to create colorful Easter eggs.

I've learned that you don't always have to use regular dyes, you can use it from the Native Hawaiian  plants here said Pomai Darlington, a student from Sunset Beach Christian  School.

Waimea Valley staff is developing a dye and harvesting garden using the same plants used for making colorful dyes for making traditional kappa.

Josie Hon from Waimea Valley said  the goal is to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, showing others how it was used many years ago.   This way we can go back and say this is what the early Hawaiians were using.

The process is as simple as a burnt Kukui nut being ground to create a deep ebony color.  Some plants offer more than one shade.  The Popolo plant offers a bright green when the berry is young.  As the berry ripens it turns to a rich purple color.

You can keep the earth healthy by using these and not creating green house gases by using these.  They will help nature and help preserve Hawaii said student Darlington.

Josie Hon wants everyone to know they have access to the valley where you can find these plants.  She hopes everyone will work together and share dye recipes.

Right now all of the plants used for dyes are scattered throughout  the park.  The goal of the garden is to have all of the plants accessible in one area.  It will be used as an educational tool for Keiki and researchers.

Sunset Beach Christian School student Shawnee said this way she can use the natural colors and just paint on the egg.