After a month of planning, the Ke Akua Youth Group finally began their weekend of fun and service on April 20, 2018. They started their Friday night with Rock-N-Glow Bowling at the Lihue Bowling Alley, followed by a sleepover in the Youth Room at All Saints Gym, and taro farming the next day at Kealia Farms.
Originally, the kids planned to help Kealia Farms by providing manpower to beautify the pathways along the fields. Kealia Farm owner “Uncle Adam” had a dream of being able to provide tours to educate visitors about their grassroots traditional sustainability efforts and methods through local farming and the Sunshine Market.
However, due to the unfortunate flooding events that took place the Sunday before, the youth were offered a different opportunity that not only helped the local farmers of Kealia, but those in Hanalei, and the people of Niihau.
Uncle Adam informed the kids that Hanalei Taro and Juice Co. usually send some of their taro harvest to the residents of Niihau - the neighboring island known for frequent droughts and no running water. The recent flood wiped out Hanalei Taro’s crop so Uncle Adam invited the kids to help their fellow farmers meet their supply demand.
“With the whole process it usually takes about a year to plant, grow, and harvest taro,” said Uncle Adam. To think, Hanalei’s year-long efforts were gone in a matter of hours.
Although the swiftness of the flood devastated Hanalei, speed was a welcomed gift from the Youth Group on Saturday. What would have been (at least) a two-hour job took the youth about 45 minutes to complete. For that, Uncle Adam was incredibly grateful.
With their boots full of mud, they headed back to All Saints for a much deserved lunch and a chance to rinse and unwind with water balloon fights in the front lawn.
Needless to say, they were too tired to do much else Sunday morning. Thus, the Bible Study session that was scheduled for April 22, 2018 has been moved to this Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Aunty Cami would like to give all participants in this weekend’s event a big MAHALO for their fellowship and service.