Aloha mai e nā maka heluhelu, nā ʻohana, a me nā hoa i piha i ke aloha iā Hōlanikū. E kala mai i koʻu hoʻouna ʻana i kaʻu mau puke hoʻomanaʻo me ka lohi. ʻO ka ʻoiaʻiʻo, ʻaʻole au hoihoi i ke kākau ʻana i kekahi mau manawa ma muli o ka luhi i ka hana. ʻAʻole maʻalahi ka noʻonoʻo ʻana i nā mea e kākau ai i hoihoi ʻoukou. He hana nō kēia. Eia naʻe, ʻike au he mea nui kēia no nā kānaka hoihoi iā Hōlanikū.

Howzit gangeh. I know by the time this blog uploads, itʻll already be in the middle of the new week that has begun. Honestly, it gets difficult trying to keep up with writing these weekly blogs. It is another exhaustion on top of the exhaustion I am already feeling from the work we are doing here. I already write in my personal journal every evening, but it is in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language). If I could just upload that, I would. Buuuuut I know it means a lot to those who look forward to the updates from us here on Hōlanikū. So, forgive me for slacking. This blog will be short as well. Got my earphones in with Fat Freddy’s Drop setting the mood. Here we go.

Although this week was not as cold as the previous one, it still had us bundled up in warm clothes. At some point, the temperature dropped down to the high 50ʻs, which is “freeze ʻelemu” kine weather for us back home. The weather was overcast all week with some showers, too. Besides all that, I am happy that our days are getting longer again. The sun is rising about 10-15 minutes earlier at 7:30am and sets around 6:40pm. Although our days are extended once again, we’re still going back to our rooms fairly early, around 6pmand it’s still light out. It is even earlier than when our days were shorter.

As for work this week, we still managed to treat 41 acres despite getting rained-out on a few days. Since we were unable to spray, we did nursery work like out-planting mauʻu ʻakiʻaki and propagating Lepturus repens. We also got a head start on the food inventory so that the Summer crew can prepare for their food shopping. Can you believe we have about 2 more months left? It is too soon to leave! If I could stay longer, I would, but there’s kuleana I must attend to. E hoʻi ana au i kekahi lā. No doubt about dat!

Well gangeh, that is it for this week’s update. To tell you the truth, there is a million things I can say about what I am experiencing out here, but it is difficult to put all that I am feeling in my naʻau into writing. Nevertheless, I will try to make a better effort with my descriptions (time-depending). Tanks ah for being patient! As usual, I will leave you with the ʻōlelo noʻeau of the week. Eia ka ʻōlelo noʻeau o kēia pule: “ʻAʻohe hana i nele i ka uku” (No deed lacks a reward) Every deed, good or bad, receives its just reward -Ka Puke ʻŌlelo Noʻeau a Pākuʻi #141. This ʻōlelo noʻeau relates to both the weekly blogs and the work that we are continuing to complete here. They can be a drag at times, but I know it is all worth it. There are times when I think about discontinuing the blogs, but knowing that people are reading the blog and that there is a growing interest in the environment, the true reward is knowing that others become inspired to change. As for the hard-work, money as payment would be of no value. The opportunity to even be here is already a gift. The “reward” is everything that Hōlanikū allows me to experience. The biggest “reward,”-and what I would consider a goal-is the ability to share aloha ʻāina throughout this honua 🙂

Mahalo a nui no ka heluhelu ʻana. A hui hou a i kēia pule aʻe. K den menpachis



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