Schools & Groups
Ka Papa Lo‘i o Kānewai hosts a variety of learners. The staff is well versed in handling different types of groups and groups of different sizes. All groups are encouraged to participate in the normal work here at the loʻi. Restrooms are available and we can set up an area for the students to change their clothes before going back onto the bus. We highly recommend that the students use slippers.
We usually start visiting groups in the hale waʻa. Stories of Kāne and Kanaloa, a lesson on ahupuaʻa, Hoʻokahewai Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, and a timeline of Kānewai will be shared in the hale. Next, a short hike to the poʻowai will be taken to explain the water system and how the water is diverted to the loʻi. A quick lesson on the water cycle is also covered. Then the work begins with leaf picking for fertilizer, hehihehi i ka loʻi, puʻepuʻe (remounding of mounds) and clearing the ʻauwai system (water system). If kalo is available, visitors will learn the parts of kalo.
These experiential learning tours are opportunities for groups to participate in the daily maintenance of the site and gain fundamental knowledge of the history of the site, the irrigation system, traditional farming methods, and traditional stories and current events. Each group, as they go through their work, sees these fundamentals exposed to the appropriate Hawaiian terminology. Short traditional stories are highlighted where appropriate to help visitors understand the spiritual and historic connection to the land. Work is done together, laulima, and this cultural concept is reinforced throughout the visit. The tours are adjusted to age, size, and ability. For instance, some groups require the visit to be conducted completely in Hawaiian language; others come to test water quality and flow.
In an effort to improve our services and better serve our community, we at Kānewai compile information from visitors about their experiences and welcome any comments/suggestions you might have. We ask that all groups complete a quick survey on their experience at Kānewai.