OHA Staff Development DayPosted by Keli'i Kotubetey on June 15, 2013
On May 28th, about 60 members of the Resource Management Division of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs descended upon He’eia Fishpond to participate in a day of staff development and team building. The group was tasked with completing three main activities: 1) moving buckets with barges through the fishpond to fill holes in the wall 2) harvest invasive limu and prepare a limu salad for lunch and 3) learn simple lashing techniques to completely lash four mākāhā for use in the fishpond.
Of course they were up for the challenge and were successful in each activity. They moved several hundred pounds of coral approximately 1,000 feet through the pond and spread it out on the refurbished wall. They harvested 10 pounds of invasive limu, cleaned it, and prepared it along with other ingredients and veggies to make a salad for the entire group. And the most impressive feat of the day (even in the pouring rain!) was lashing four mākāhā measuring approximately 5 feet high by 7 feet wide with 40-60 pieces of mangrove each. The day ended with tired hands, feet, and bodies but all were rejuvinated and inspired by a great day’s worth of work in this special place.
Enjoy the picture gallery and contact us if you are interested or know anyone interested in staff retreats/development/building at He’eia Fishpond.