Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has created 1.5 miles of walking trials at its main campus. The Voyaging Trail honors traditional wayfinding. -Photo: Courtesy of Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center’s second annual “Mauka to Makai” event takes place the last weekend in August.

The event will focus on cultural activities that elevate participants’ understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the health of the mountains, the health of the ocean and the health of the community.

Photo: Voyaging Trail Message Board
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center has created 1.5 miles of walking trails at its main campus. The Voyaging Trail honors traditional wayfinding. – Photo: Courtesy of Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

On Saturday, Aug. 25, “mauka” activities will be held at Ka‘ala Farm from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include traditional food growing and preparation, traditional ahupua‘a practices and watershed information. On Sunday, Aug. 26, “makai” activities will be held at Nene‘u (Poka‘i Bay) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m and will include an ocean safety and awareness clinic led by Nā Kama Kai, makahiki games and expert voyagers from the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

The Health Center is the largest federally qualified community health center in the state with Native Hawaiians making up nearly half of its patient population. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded a $5,000 ‘Ahahui Grant to support the Mauka to Makai event, which is in line with OHA’s strategic priority that focuses on the preservation and practice of mo‘omeheu (culture).

“We are so thankful to have received support from OHA and are looking forward to Mauka to Makai being a family-friendly cultural event that will help support our community’s kuleana to water safety and environmental awareness,” said Alicia Higa, WCCHC Health Promotion director.

Along with the various cultural activities and entertainment, free lunch will be provided both days. All events are free but registration is required. For more information, call (808) 697-3709.