Heather Spalding, PhD student of the late Isabella Akiona Abbott, and limu (seaweed) specialist, accompanied 25 'Ewa District residents along the shoreline to explore the bio-diversity of the coastal/intertidal flats of One'ula-Hoakalei shoreline. The walk was part of a series of programs—offered over the last 12 years—through a partnership with the Hoakalei Cultural Foundation, Haseko Hawai'i, and various organizations and educators.
Participants became acquainted with kinds of limu, shell fish and environmental changes of the area, and also heard stories from kama‘āina families about the kinds of resources that have been stewarded and gathered in the area over the generations. Dr. Spalding also shared a booklet on limu and various marine resources, which may be downloaded through the following link: http://opihi.crdg.hawaii.edu. Additional photos may be viewed by following this link: http://www.hoakaleifoundation.org/albums/connecting-resources-oneula-hoakalei-coastal-zone
Mahalo nui to Dr. Spalding, the Eaton 'ohana and all who attended. Future events like this will be announced as well. E mālama pono i ke kai ola a me ka honua pū!