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Restoration through Food and Fellowship at Waipa, Kaua’i

Restoration through Food and Fellowship at Waipa, Kaua’i PERSPECTIVE Restoration through Food and Fellowship at Waipa, Kaua’i Rebecca L. Vidra n the Waipa valley, on the northern shore of Kaua’i, flowing through meticulously constructed rock sluices Hawaii, community members gather to practice from one patch to the next. In the Hanalei Valley, next to I“malama ‘aina” or deep love and stewardship of the Waipa, farmers must carefully manage the flow of water, land. As one youth told me “We have love for this ‘aina. It timing releases to avoid adding pulses of nutrients to the is special because there are not that many places left for us. nearby Hanalei River, among the first to be designated as And we need to take care of our kupuna (elders) by pro- an American Heritage River in 1998 (clinton2.nara.gov/ tecting this land.” Here, the relationship between restoring CEQ/Rivers/hanalei.html). land and restoring culture is not only visible but celebrated. Lo’i can trap sediment, one of the major stressors to the Most of the valleys along Kaua‘i’s North Shore used to coral reefs of Hanalei Bay (Takseue et al. 2009, Hanalei host large swaths of coastal wetlands that were converted Watershed Hui 2012, TenBruggencate 2013). Interestingly, to taro fields by the Polynesians, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Restoration through Food and Fellowship at Waipa, Kaua’i

Ecological Restoration , Volume 32 (4) – Nov 3, 2014

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Abstract

PERSPECTIVE Restoration through Food and Fellowship at Waipa, Kaua’i Rebecca L. Vidra n the Waipa valley, on the northern shore of Kaua’i, flowing through meticulously constructed rock sluices Hawaii, community members gather to practice from one patch to the next. In the Hanalei Valley, next to I“malama ‘aina” or deep love and stewardship of the Waipa, farmers must carefully manage the flow of water, land. As one youth told me “We have love for this ‘aina. It timing releases to avoid adding pulses of nutrients to the is special because there are not that many places left for us. nearby Hanalei River, among the first to be designated as And we need to take care of our kupuna (elders) by pro- an American Heritage River in 1998 (clinton2.nara.gov/ tecting this land.” Here, the relationship between restoring CEQ/Rivers/hanalei.html). land and restoring culture is not only visible but celebrated. Lo’i can trap sediment, one of the major stressors to the Most of the valleys along Kaua‘i’s North Shore used to coral reefs of Hanalei Bay (Takseue et al. 2009, Hanalei host large swaths of coastal wetlands that were converted Watershed Hui 2012, TenBruggencate 2013). Interestingly, to taro fields by the Polynesians,

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Nov 3, 2014

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