Annual Hana Limu Festival set for today

Na Mamo O Mu’olea will hold its fifth annual Hana Limu Festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Hana Bay Beach Park.

“Organized by Hana residents, this festival offers fun ways to gain a deeper understanding of native limu and to become mindful of our roles in ensuring ocean resources are here for generations to come,” an announcement says.

This year’s festival focuses on the role communities play in the management of marine resources.

Activities include limu identification and pressing, an intertidal touch tank, cooking demonstrations led by chef Barry Villiarimo, opihi monitoring, craft booths with Hana-made items and keiki games, art projects and interactive science activities.

“Native limu is important, not only as an ono, nutritious part of the traditional Hawaiian diet, but (also) for its vital importance to the health of the ocean,” the announcement says. “Limu provides food and shelter for native reef fish and other marine life.”

Na Mamo O Mu’olea is a nonprofit group of residents and families who aim to perpetuate traditional land management practices and to restore and maintain natural, cultural, scenic and marine resources.