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A group from the University of Hawaii will join 19 other land-grant universities in Washington, D.C., later this month for the Smithsonian ?Folklife Festival, setting up and tending to a wetland lo'i (taro patch) on the National Mall. Five-year-olds Addison Elia, left, and Braeden Agos from the Pearl City Foundation summer fun program worked with Summer Maunakea, a doctorate student in the College of Education, at Ka Papa Lo'i 'O Kanewai near the UH-Manoa Hawaiian Studies building.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Kala‘iku Monje, left, Rio Billena, Mark Keopuhiwa, Laura Watt, Aliyana Martinez, Chimere Martinez and Uluwehi Cashman cut and package the taro that will be frozen and taken to Washington, D.C.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Pearl City Foundation summer fun program participants washed taro picked from Ka Papa Lo'i 'O Kanewai. The taro will be bagged, frozen and taken to Washington, D.C., by a group from the University of Hawaii.