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IMG_0060IMG_0059IMG_0082 IMG_0077This past year, I grew gourds to make an ipu heke for my hula class.  I only have the really round gourds which make the tops of ipu heke, but recently planted a new batch of gourds for the bottom half.  I did end up putting two of my gourds together to make an ipu heke.  Our kumu hula advised us that we are to give our ipu an name that is meaningful.  I put a lot of work into making mine, from growing it from a tiny seed to picking the right gourds and preparing it.  My ipu heke is really cute – it’s small and round, and it’s like my baby.  So I’ve named her “Ipo” for sweetheart.  I’ve attached a picture of her along with one of my gourds I currently have drying so one can get an idea of what a gourd looks like while you’re preparing it.

My husband was also quite busy.  He’s making a poi pounding board.  Following are pictures of the piece of monkeypod he is using to make this board.  I’m excited he is making his own.  My ipu heke took months to make from the drying to process to the cleaning to actually putting the pieces together.  His board will take longer.  The monkeypod piece is quite large and thick, and will need some time to dry.


Hello world!

IMG_0051 IMG_0033 IMG_0032 IMG_0014 IMG_0022This is the start of “Our Hawaii Farm” blog.  My husband and I live along the Hamakua Coast on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.  I’ve wanted to share the beauty of our farm for a long time, and a recent birthday gift which resulted in a really nice camera was just the incentive to start.  98% of the farm is a result of my husband’s hard work.  My job is to make stuff out of what he grows, although he does that too.  It’s spring, and we’ve got out thousands of mulberries – literally, lots of bananas, and a few other things ready to pick. I got my nice camera out this morning to take some pictures of what we’re harvesting at this time.  We even have peaches – yes real peaches!  Not a lot, but they’re delicious.  We have so many avocados we can’t give them away fast enough.  Hope you enjoy the shots.

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