Young boys Cinder & Pōlele got their first trip to Kīpuka Kao today. They are naturals!
A New Year, a SWEET new calendar! A fun giveaway for this New Year:
The first person to list BY NAME the most (or all) of the goats here at GWTF will win this BEAUTIFUL 2018 Pack Goat Calendar put out every year by The North American Pack Goat Association!!! All you need to do is go to OUR FB PAGE and make your list!
You have until NOON on January 3rd, 2018 to make your list! Clues and names can be found deep within this website and/or on the FB page. If you haven’t LIKED OUR PAGE, DO IT NOW!
GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Here’s to another great year of goats!
I was working with this adorable image in my collection this morning and somehow it led me to this word. I really like that it did. I think Ho’olako can very much be applied to goats in some way, so I will. 😉
Providing, Hawaiian style (ORIGINAL CONTENT HERE)
When I think of the word ho‘olako, I think of people busily working and gathering resources. I think of ‘aha‘aina piha makahiki (first birthday parties or “baby lū‘au” as they are commonly called today) where many different foods are procured along with all the materials required for an imu (traditional oven in the earth). I think of fathers and mothers who work so hard to provide for their families, “i mea e ‘ūlakolako ai ka nohona” – so that life might be prosperous and comfortable, in the words of David Malo Kupihea (more from this kupuna in the extended version below).
The “ho‘o” part of this word is all that we do – the elbow grease required. Once the hard work is done and we have what we need, the resulting state is “lako” – having enough, being well-supplied, equipped, prosperous, or wealthy. Thus, it is through our efforts that we cultivate abundance. Whether it is food for the papa ‘aina (food table or eating mat) at a feast, amenities in our homes, or the love and attention children need to thrive, people like to have “plenty”. Having more than enough so that one can share with others is a cornerstone of the Hawaiian concept of wealth.
So exciting to see Hana Hou! Vol. 20, no. 5 October/November 2017 feature a beautiful spread and insightful look into the specialness of the Kīpuka of Hawaii’i Island.
The text reads:
“Surrounded by deserts of rugged lava, Hawai’i Island’s kīpuka are oases of native forest”
“Volcanically active Hawai’i Island is in a continual process of creation and destruction; at the boundary where those forces meet, one finds kīpuka such as this tiny stand of forest to the east of Pu’u’ō’ō vent on Kīlauea, preserved from destruction during a lava flow in June of 2014 that threatened the town of Pāhoa.”
“Watching a kīpuka form is a study in near-tragedy, as the fiery swath of a lava flow burns through a forested area, laying waste to all life in its path. More and more of the forest succumbs, and sometimes all is lost- it is as if the forest never existed.”
“If conditions are right and the lava flow ceases, those dead trees fall and become soil from which the seedlings of surviving plants grow and restore a semblance of the original forest.”
“In some mo’olelo (stories) of ancient Hawai’i, gods were said to reside on floating kīpuka beyond the reach of humans.”
“There is something quite startling about crossing the boundary between the sterile, lifeless lava and the verdant interior of a kīpuka.—- It is a doorway to the past, where one can find vestiges of grand forest before Pele consumed the rest.”
“Kīpuka play an important role in the evolution of species in Hawai’i. For smaller creatures such as insects, kīpuka act as ecological islands, isolating populations of insects from each other, which then diverge into independent lineages.”
WOW! What an amazing spread! Get yourself a copy of this issue of Hana Hou! Magazine on Hawaiian Airlines because these pictures of pictures do NOT do it justice!
If you want to get up close and personal to one of the kīpuka that was created during the 2014 lava flow that almost devoured our little town of Pāhoa, hike along with us and our team of “lava goats” to the breathtaking “Kīpuka Kao” for a regenerative volun-tourism experience like no other:
If you have 2-5 hours to spend, the round-trip hike of 1.2-1.5 miles takes us over old sugar cane roads and through wet guava forest, onto the vast and rugged terrain of hardened black lava to Kīpuka Kao. A special little oasis under a huge Hawaiian sky.
When we visit the kīpuka, we work together (with the goats help) to remove invasive species such as: albezia, gunpowder tree, cecropia and other fast-growing invaders in preparation for re-establishing the native ʻōhiʻa or any of the ancient hawaiian canoe plants used for food and medicine:
- Aleurites moluccana (kukui or candlenut)
- Alocasia macrorrhiza (`ape, giant taro or elephant ear)
- Artocarpus altilis (`ulu or breadfruit)
- Bambusa vulgaris (`ohe or giant bamboo)
- Broussonetia papyrifera (wauke or paper mulberry)
- Calophyllum inophyllum (ballnut or kamani)
- Cocos nucifera (niu or coconut)
- Colocasia esculenta (taro or kalo)
- Cordia subcordata (tou or kou)
- Cordyline fruticosa (ti or kī)
- Curcuma domestica (`olena or turmeric)
- Dioscorea alata (ufi or uhi)
- Hibiscus tiliaceus (hau)
- Ipomoea batatas (`uala or sweet potato)
- Lageneria siceraria (calabash)
- Morinda citrifolia (noni)
- Musa spp. (mai`a or banana)
- Pandanus tectorius (hala)
- Piper methysticum (kava)
- Saccharum officinarum (ko or sugarcane)
- Schizostachyum glaucifolium (bamboo)
- Syzygium malaccense (ʻōhiʻa ʻai or Malacca Apple)
- Tacca leontopetaloides (Polynesian arrowroot)
- Thespesia populnea (milo)
- Zingiber zerumbet (ʻawapuhi)
Supporting the regenerative practice of removing invasive species using pack goats in the kīpuka while also using the pack goats to haul tools, equipment and desired plants to the remote kīpuka is a unique, eco-friendly, fun and adventurous way to walk lightly while making a BIG positive impact: Give to the ‘aina while taking it all in!
The boys got a visit from the biggest crowd they’ve seen yet! Outdoor Quest Scouts came over for a whittling meet-up but before all the carving of bows and arrows and spears, we had to have some GOAT TIME.
They weren’t quite sure what to do about the number of people until we broke out the orchard grass hay. It has a way of making goats less suspicious.
Cinder being shy.
Nero loves everybody. He’s probably the sweetest goat in the herd.
Visitors help socialize the goats and prepare them for many wonderful adventures!
A fun day hosting the kids and their families. Hope to see them back again soon!