E Mauʻs newest Board member, Lakeland Brandt, will lead us on a "walk and talk" through the wahi pana of Piʻopiʻo, Wailoa, and Waiakea areas of Hilo. Come learn about the Hawaiian cultural history of Piʻopiʻo and the surrounding lands. Topics include Wailoa River Estuary and analyzing change in the Pi‘opi‘o landscape following the 1946 tsunami, to traditional taro planting in mounds along marshy river banks. We'll keep active throughout the day, hiking to various stopping points where we'll learn some moʻolelo (stories), traditional place names, and more. Since this part of Hilo has been drastically transformed, come with your wild imagination so that we can envision how this place was utilized in the past to feed a multitude of people and the challenges of restoring the cultural vibrancy to this area. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes; bring water, sunscreen, and some lunch. This is Hilo, so be prepared to hike and learn, rain or shine! Total walking will be about 45 minutes over about 1.5 miles.
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