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Published on Nov 2, 2012
Puanui is one of the 32 slim ahupua'a that comprised the Kohala field system. Ulu Mau Puanui was formed as a project to re-discover and share the knowledge that the Hawaiians had with regards to dryland food production.
Dr. Peter Vitousek of Stanford University began studying the field system in 1998, trying to unlock the soil secrets of the native Hawaiians.
"Our goal at Ulu Maui Puanui is to educate as many people as possible about the historical significance of the Kohala field system, that the Kohala field system is here and how it fed the people in ancient times," says Project Coordinator Kehaulani Marshall. "We look to Puanui to inform future food sustainability projects. We can look to the past and apply those practices for our food needs in the future."