Kapolei-Ewa Kicks Off Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project – Kapolei-Ewa celebrated their kickoff with a collaborative event called Kupuwai – Cultivating Healthy Communities, hosted in partnership with Kamehameha Schools Community Engagement & Resources – Ewa Moku, Malama Learning Center, Kaala Farms, Partners in Development, and The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii.

 Each organization’s contributions honored kupuwai, which when translated literally, refers to the fresh water springs which were once prevalent throughout the district of Ewa and its shorelines. The name represents the Native Hawaiian understanding that places with fresh water sustain life and health. Therefore, the health of a community is reflected by the health of its aina (land).Together, these organizations and others serve as a fresh water spring for the health of the community.

The event included plant-based cooking demonstrations featuring Native Hawaiian staples like kalo (taro) and uala (sweet potato) with food samples of palula : sautéed uala leaves, koelepalau (sweet potato pudding), and kalo hummus flatbread. Sports and fitness demonstrations were offered throughout the day including adult & keiki yoga, Zumba, and chair fitness. Attendees also had the opportunity to meet resource organizations in Kapolei and Ewa and learn about the different programs and services available to them.

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Ashley Takitani Leahey is the statewide engagement lead for Blue Zones Project – Hawaii. Born and raised on Maui, Ashley is passionate about her island home. When she’s not volunteering and giving back to her community, Ashley loves to be outdoors – gardening, practicing yoga, and spending time with her chocolate Labrador. See more Blue Zones Project – Hawaii updates @BZPHawaii