HEEIA — Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui joined several people in the loi to plant taro at the Heeia Wetlands. The planting was part of the Hawaii Community Development Authority’s (HCDA) restoration tour, which aimed to highlight the strides being made in restoring the Heeia wetlands to its historical agricultural uses. Part of HCDA’s mission is to build a sense of community and place in all of its designated community development districts (Kakaako, Kalaeloa, and Heeia). In Heeia, this translates into preserving the culture of the area and promoting ecological restoration and sustainability.
The Lt. Governor met Rocky Kaluhiwa and her cousin, Alice Hewett, whose families have ties to the land dates back to 123 years.