Since 1998, mochi pounding in Wailea has played an important part in welcoming the New Year and in sustaining and sharing cultural practices. Here are the steps in the process:
And here is the full story:
For the Hakalau Kuleana, our responsibility is to care for the land, the people, and the culture. We are guided by cultural values of YESTERDAY: Engage in collective effort. Look out for each other. Honor hard work. Show respect for those who came before us. Aloha and Mālama `Aina. In 2021, Akiko Masuda added two more values to the list: Consistently show up. Whatever has to be done, jump in and do it!