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Conservation news mongabay.com 14 Jan, 2022 19:00 am

By cultivating seaweed, Indigenous communities restore connection to the ocean

By cultivating seaweed, Indigenous communities restore connection to the ocean
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Heimuli is the assistant coordinator, soon to be the coordinator, of a community group called Limu Hui — a partnership, or gathering, around limu.Based out of the community environmental nonprofit Kuaʻāina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA), Limu Hui seeks to both restore the health of Hawai‘i’s limu species, and pass on the ancestral knowledge of limu held by elders to the next generation.Limu Hui’s work reflects a much broader trend: many Indigenous communities are working to restore degraded seaweed species that support traditional diets.’” In Hawai‘i, Limu Hui is breaking new ground as it tests methods of transplanting limu species grown in tanks to the wild ocean.

Yet the group’s members emphasized that Limu Hui’s true focus is encouraging relationships with limu itself.“The idea of limu restoration is not so much just limu planting; it’s a pathway for community cohesion,” says Wally Ito, a co-founder of Limu Hui.

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