Today is our ʻAha Makahiki. Traditionally it was months long, but one day is hard enough in a school year! It's a pretty cool day. The seniors are the alakaʻi (leaders) and they are running traditional Hawaiian games and teaching classes on traditional knowledge. I signed up for an all day workshop to make poi pounders. Part of the attraction was the "all day" part - the rest of it is because my father-in-law used to make poi pounders and I have been missing him.
I was freaking out a little, hoping there would be another teacher in that session, because the mom in me would be pulling the plug on power tools a lot faster than the teacher in me - but I think we're using traditional methods (rock on rock). They can go ahead and bash their fingers to their hearts content. I feel fine about that. The game I am supervising is also low-injury - sliding spears along the ground. Also, there is no one signed up for it, so theoretically, at least, I can go watch Haka Moa or Hukihuki, which is a lot more fun.
I still haven't completely recovered from the two day stint in Maui. I am so tired! I have been getting up at 4:30 to exercise a little, as well, and I probably haven't adjusted to that yet, either.
This weekend, I was going to dig up one of our sweet potato patches to see if any tubers grew, but then the Dish guy gave us a bunch. Cool. I can make my purple sweet potato and haupia casserole for Thanksgiving. Maybe I will dig up some of my white sweet potatoes, just to have baked sweet potatoes on the table, too. I'll make the greens for a side, bake some rolls, and pop that (sadly not homegrown) turkey in the oven, bake a few pies, and I will be ready.
Okay, one of my advisory girls just gave me a donut, I had an extra cup of coffee - I am ready for this day! Bring on the ike Hawaiʻi and the kalua pig and poi for lunch!