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Moku ‘O Wailuku Ahupua‘a Sign Project continues to seek input

By Staff | Dec 26, 2019

On Nov. 26, over 35 residents participated in the first community meeting for the Moku ‘O Wailuku Ahupua‘a Sign Project. Vernon Kalanikau is looking to gather additional information and to continue the conversation during the next meeting on Jan. 6, 2020. PHOTO BY LINN NISHIKAWA.

WAILUKU – The second community meeting for the Moku ‘O Wailuku Ahupua’a Sign project will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at the J. Walter Cameron Center Auditorium located at 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.

This is an opportunity for the public to provide feedback and to continue the conversation on the Wailuku ahupua’a.

The meeting is hosted by the Maui Food Technology Center.

“We are extremely grateful to those who participated so far,” said project coordinator Vernon Kalanikau.

“During these sessions, we gain invaluable information from the community on the Moku ‘O Wailuku, particularly the areas of Wailuku, Waikapu, Wai’ehu, Waihe’e and Kahului. We’ll continue to seek the public’s manao on what they know about these ahupua’a, the traditional Hawaiian boundaries, and each area’s sense of place, as this will determine where new ahupua’a signs will be installed.”

On the island of Maui, there are a total of 12 traditional land divisions, or moku.

Each moku was divided into ahupua’a – narrower wedge-shaped land sections that typically ran from the mountains to the sea.

The Wailuku ahupua’a is comprised of the Wailuku and Kahului areas, including near Spreckelsville and Maui Veterans Highway (formerly known as Mokulele Highway).

The Moku ‘O Wailuku Ahupua’a Sign Project is a cultural grants program funded by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

It aims to bring awareness of Maui Nui’s ancient land division system.

For more information, contact Kalanikau at (808) 385-0731 or e-mail the Maui Food Technology Center at info@mauifoodtechnology.org.

The Maui Food Technology Center is assisting Kalanikau with the administrative work, community outreach and marketing for the project.

MFTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging, educating and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking to earn a living through value-added products, agriculture, cultural practices, environmental sustainability, technology and economic diversification.