Featuring Wally Ito, Limu Hui Coordinator, Kuaʻāina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA)
Thursday, March 18, 2021
6 – 7:30 pm
Free with preregistration
Wally Ito has been a spearfisherman since the age of eight and has witnessed the decline of the nearshore fishery over a 50-year period. Today, he is passionate about limu (seaweed), and its important role in the nearshore marine environment and in Hawaiian culture. Join us in this special presentation to hear stories about limu shared with Wally by kūpuna along with legends he has come across in his research. His growing limu network is proposing, to this year’s legislative session that the state declare 2022 as the “Year of Limu” to help capture and preserve traditional limu knowledge.
Wally returned to school at age 51 to finish a college degree. He finally accomplished that goal in 2014, graduating from Hawaii Pacific University with a BS in Marine Biology. As Limu Hui Coordinator he works with community members who are knowledgeable of the Hawaiian customary practices of limu, to pass that knowledge on to future generations. He also coordinates community-initiated limu restoration efforts and supports limu hui like the Lāna‘i Limu Restoration Project, Waimānalo Limu Hui, and Ko‘olau Limu Restoration projects.
This program is in line with Bishop Museum’s Science & Sustainability Festival 2021, themed Sustainable Seas, on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 9 am to 2 pm.