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Mamao Programs


The Mamao Program offers participants of all ages the opportunity to learn about the cultural practices of Puna, and to learn a little about the life of a Hawaiian Koa, or warrior. We encourage ohana to come and learn together, to strengthen one’s identity and connection to the ike of our kupuna. 


The new series of workshops begins July 2023, running once a month until June 2024 .  Each month we will feature a native plant, the traditional uses, mo’olelo (stories), planting styles, and the pilina or relationship we have with our native plants and more!  Come and learn with us through storytelling and hands-on activities!


This Mamao program is sponsored by KS Kaiāulu

KS Kaiāulu shares a spectrum of resources and opportunities offered by Kamehameha Schools and its community partners that embrace keiki, ʻōpio, and ʻohana along their journey of life-long learning   


Click  on a program workshop date below to register  for your family!

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Mamao Program

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

16-1736 34th Ave., Orchidland

Click on the workshop date to Register!

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Aug. 26, 2023


Sept. 23, 2023
Awa & Ti


Backyard Dryland Kalo

Cultivation Workshop

with Kālāmakani Francisco

 'Ōlohe Keani Kaleimamahu

 'Ōlohe Keani Kaleimamahu

Nov 18, 2023
 Mahina (moon)

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Guest Speaker, Ana Kon

Jan. 20, 2024

Feb. 24, 2023

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Guest Speaker 'Ōlohe Umi Kai

Guest Speaker, Hiʻilei Kawelo

Mar 9, 2024
 Kuahu Plants

Apr 20, 2024


Jamison Ke'a Rosehill

 Lei Wann

Milo, Kou, & Kamani 

Lei Wann is the Director of Limahuli Garden & Preserve.  An intact and living ahupua'a system at the end of the road in Hā'ena on Kaua'i's North Shore.   Lei is a kupa'āina of Limahuli Valley and a  descendant of the last 'Oahi bearers. 

Lei and Limahuli staff care for hundreds of indigenous and endemic plant and animal species found no where else in the world.  Preservation of traditions in Limahuli is essential to the health of their ahupua'a.  Lei will share key biocultural plants to Limahuli, Hā'ena.  The history and art of 'oahi and the plant species Pāpala used in the art.  Laua'e o Makana, or the native Laua'e and its use in cultural practices.  She will also share about the preservation of the plant and art of olonā in their valley. 

July 22, 2023

Aug. 26, 2023

Sep. 23, 2023

Oct. 28, 2023

Nov. 18, 2023


Jan. 20, 2024

Feb. 24, 2024

Mar. 9, 2024

Apr. 20, 2024

June 1, 2024

This is how the spinning Ikoi is defended against using a kookoo.

Mamao Program - Past Workshops

Ma‘a or Hawaiian sling ,  Nov & Dec 2022

Makahiki ,  Jan & Feb 2023

He mea kaua
Ko‘oko‘o or Walking Stick
March 2023

Kau Lā‘au or Aho Lewalewa, April 2023

Makau,  May 2023

'Ōlena ,  June 2023

Kalo & Hāloanakalaukapalili, August 2023

'Awa & Tī , September 2023

Kukui, October 2023

Mahina, November 2023

Mahalo to Kamehameha Kaiāulu program for the continued support!

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