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Restoring taro patches, troubled youth

March 6, 2014
The Maui News

FIRST PHOTO: Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and daughter Kenna got into the mud of the loi at Iao Valley and harvested some taro Saturday morning, joining the Positive Outreach Intervention program, or POI, a voluntary program offered to youths who are first-time offenders. The youths are brought to the loi, carved out of the Iao Valley forest by Kawewehi Pundyke and his Lo'iloa nonprofit organization, to work in the patches, to hear about Native Hawaiian culture and history and to learn some life lessons. For example, after the work was done and the youths were streaked with mud, some with mud handprints on their T-shirts, Pundyke told them that they could go to Iao Stream to clean up and to let the river carry away the dirt and any other burdens they were carrying.

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Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and daughter Kenna got into the mud of the loi at Iao Valley and harvested some taro Saturday morning, joining the Positive Outreach Intervention program, or POI, a voluntary program offered to youths who are first-time offenders.
The Maui News / LEE IMADA photo

 
 

 

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