Lono i ka Makahiki – Sustainability

by 4totale on March 8, 2011

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.


Roy Lozano




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4totale March 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Aloha Men,

This is a wonderful, heartfelt message from Roy Lozano on the Big Island that I believe needs to be shared with all of the men here in Hawaii re: sustainability. Roy and a number of other brothers here are PASSIONATE about the subject of sustainability and some live in total harmony with the aina. I know other men in Hawaii feel the same passion and want to do more to further and to endorse these lifestyle choices.

Roy has issued a challenge to the men on the Big Island and I am forwarding it on to the other islands in our MKP community. For those of you who share the same passion, pick up the baton and get something together where you live. Organize your own local groups and also become part of a Hawaii-wide MKP Sustainability movement.

Join in with your MKP Big Island brothers and let’s grow this effort. What will your role be? Let Roy know…
I am using this hawaii-mkp list to get the initial word out, but once we get chugging, my want is that a separate list/blog get set up to communicate the details of the work among the men who are on the ground.

Mahalo to you brothers who are truly committed to living sustainably and want to make a difference in our state and in our world.

In service,
Tom Kerley
Hawaii CD

4totale March 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm


We were so inspired by our trip to your place and Ano’s, Scott’s and Clive’s that I spent the whole week honoring Makahiki, too.

I purchased 5 kinds of avocados, 5 kinds of mangos, 2 orange trees, a ruby grapefruit, a lychee and a star fruit and just finished planting them today.

Last week I planted 3 papayas to add to the 10 citrus, one avocado and 10 bananas I’ve already planted in the last 3 years, which are already all bearing fruit.

I am waiting for my 23 acai palms to start producing berries and I just ordered a peach palm from Hilo.

Thank you for “being the change you want to see.”

And thanks to Scott, Ano and Clive for knowing where to find trees, how to plant them, how to mulch and fertilize them and how to space them.

What a difference a week makes.



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