It's now been more than a year since it happened, but I think it's useful to recall the Pani i ka Puka event. Such a truly wonderful demonstration of human collectivity and cooperation. From the Paepae o Heeia webpage:

The call was made. You responded. And what a morning it was! On December 12th between 7:30a and 12:30p, nearly 2,000 people from across the street, across our island chain and even across the Pacific joined us to turn a vision and dream into reality. The 50-year old puka in Heʻeia Fishpond is a puka no more. The human chain line spanning 2,000 feet moved several tons of coral and rock and the final mākāhā without it ever touching the ground. In our estimation, this feat and outpouring of community strength on behalf of fishpond restoration has not been seen in Hawaiʻi in over 200 years.

The message of the day is so powerful. Friends, families and strangers coming together, moving stones small and large to repair an 800-year old wall, in order to restore local food production. 800 years is a very long time, and it's the kind of timeframes in which we need to be thinking, planning and imagining our island. In order to mount the kind of massive redesign that our island needs to face the challenges of climate change and resource management, we'll need to continue coming together to fill the gaps.

Come together

I've had the honor of going door-to-door within Kalihi, Kahauiki and Kapalama, and I've met wonderful people who have shared stories about their lives and their visions for our community. Our communities are full of leaders: mothers and fathers who have raised independent children; aunties who feed keiki and uncles who shelter veterans; fixers of sidewalks; future legislators; fishers of men; cooks, dog-watchers and bus driversvalleys full of leaders who are moving our community forward.

Come to celebrate these community leaders in a series of "purok" (Ilokano for neighborhood) meals this week at homes throughout State House District 28. These will be simple meals – our goal is primarily to feed our need for community and secondarily to feed our stomaches. Here's the schedule. You can click on the links below to RSVP, or shoot us an email at

Monday 7pm
Kalihi Valley Homes at Aunty Sandra's House

Tuesday 7pm
2257 Kula Kolea Drive

Wednesday 7pm
1517 Meyers Street

Thursday 7pm
1579 Moani Street

Friday 7pm
Location TBA