Today on this huaka'i, we did our oli aloha and learned about the last Kahawai that flows in the Wai’anae mountains. What we also did today was take a tour of Ka’ala and learned that all the lo’i patches that are here were built by our ancestors hundreds of years ago. What we also did today was gather our food for lunch, the vegetables we gathered were kale, laupele, uala tips, kalo, and a variety of other greens. We also learned how to make kim chi pancakes with kalo and wheat flour. Some of the kale that we collected went into a stir fry with garlic and kalua pig, and the other was with the laupele, kale, uala tips and kalua pig. After lunch, we worked in the lo'i kalo taking out the weeds out of the patch. A topic that was discussed with our host was that the water was collected in the reservoirs in the mountains and used to feed the lo’i and therefore people. Also Uncle Eric talked about how the whole area was covered in invasive plants and they are working to bring back the land and restore the lo’i terraces. He also talked about how the fire 3 years ago uncovered football field size lo’i terraces. Also Uncle Butch talked about how this place was the poi bowl of the island because it had a lot of kalo growing in this area and the land was able to sustain a lot of people. What I learned from all of this is that Wai’anae wasn’t just dry and lacking water, it actually had a lot of water and a lot of resources to live off of. This knowledge is important because we know that this place can still be like how it is if we take care of our ‘aina. This huaka’i connected to me by giving me the knowledge of knowing that we can live off the land and be very successful at it.