Our olokea looked like a giant beehive or henhouse yesterday, with more than 25 community volunteers climbing up to apply their lashing skills. The morning began with the welcoming protocols and introductions at the shore. The participants were then divided into groups and practiced their shakas and lashing under the direction of our haumana. Throughout the day, Uncle Waltah shared his ‘ike and went over the various elements, composition and nomenclature of the traditional hale and the building process. But for many of us, the highlight of the day was a delicious Chinese pa’ina awakea prepared by our project director, Gretchen Ana Currie Ramirez, honoring the Year of the Fire Rooster; full stomachs, happy hearts! Our next workshop is scheduled for March 11th.