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Creating Traditional Hawaiian Houses Using Invasive Trees

Updated: Aug 23, 2019







In early August, Hawaiian hale builders visited Kapapapuhi Park to harvest mangrove to be used in traditional hale (house) building. Aided by students from Kapolei middle school, they harvested over 50 trees that were then brought to Kaʻōnohi Loʻi, located behind Sumida Farms and below Pearlridge mall. The next day, the felled lumber was lashed together, creating the scaffolding for the hale to be constructed in the following months.


We hope to continue using the mangrove to support hale building in the future, converting this highly invasive plant into a useful resource and supporting the teaching of hale building skills. Mahalo to Uncle Francis, Anthony, and to all the people who volunteered their time to helping us mālama Puʻuloa.



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