Inside the Classroom: Third Grade Lū‘au

Each year, third graders celebrate a yearlong study of Hawaiian culture and history with a special lū‘au. The week kicks off with an opening ceremony where students pass an imu stone around their circle, infusing it with positive mana. Prep work includes harvesting from the School’s garden and planting next year’s crop; making haupia from fresh coconuts; pa‘i‘ai from the harvested kalo; and wrapping lau lau. The imu is set up and opened on Friday morning, the day of the lū‘au. Students feast on kalua pig and other traditional offerings, and participate in some fun traditional Hawaiian games. A special thanks to the teachers, parents, staff and Academy students who make the special event possible.







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