Definitions of Makahiki :
· The Makahiki season was the Ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, in honor of the god Lono. It was a holiday covering four consecutive lunar months, approximately from October or November through February or March. …
· ceremony – annual harvest festival comprising ritual for collecting tribute
Definitions of lono i ka makahiki :
· In Hawaiian mythology, the deity Lono is associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, and music. In one of the many Hawaiian legends of Lono, he is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. …
So on that note this is what my family harvested this past week:
1) 7 dozen free range eggs. Eat, sell and traded.
2) 1 dozen + sharwil avocados. You know what to do with those.
3) 2 five gallon buckets of sweet pink grapefruits. So sweet no need sweetener for juice.
4) All the lemons and limes for lemon or lime aid sweetened with >>>>#5
5) 5 (Five) gallons of wild lehua honey. Yes I still have viable honey bees. My wife turns some of this into great honey wine or mead.
6) lemon grass for great hot tea.
7) 2 dozen+ awesome orgainc non GMO papayas
I think that is all for this past week. Could have slaughtered a chicken or collected talipia, or hunted down a pig but that would have been more work so I got a organic chicken from Safeway instead.
So, my question is: How are you celebrating Makahiki this time around? You know, the ancient Hawaiian warriors were smart enough and had smart enough leaders to be sustainable and prepared for almost anything ( except the white man ). Are we? Are you?
Seven years ago when I landed here after living on Maui for 16 years where I did nothing sustainable other than recycling, I knew virtually nothing about farming. My wife has always had a small garden and raised chickens but with the help of ” Know Your Farmers Alliance”, a great big island group, web site and resource and men like Ano, Clive, Richard and Scott who taught my son and I to slaughter larger animals, I can honestly say I could survive almost any disaster. We’re also off the grid.
Could you? What is keeping you from being prepared? I wholly support inner spiritual and emotional work but like the old saying goes; Trust in God but Tie your camel. How tight is your camel tied. Either to the aina/land or the boats delivering to Safeway.
Am I bragging? Maybe a little. Am I proud of how far we’ve come? YES!!! Am I challenging you, my fellow brothers? Fucking Yes!!! Why? Because I want company on this trip I’m on. Good company. MKP company!!
With much Aloha, Looking at our shadows, moving towards our light. Oh yea. And feeding ourselves. And our community.