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wauke, po’a’aha

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  1. I got a call this afternoon. A good friend harvested a couple of wauke saplings for me. Primo stuff. Po’a’aha variety. It makes a very soft and white kapa cloth! It hadn’t been tended but was left to grow wild. In its wild habitat, it was able to grow a lot of side branches. That is okay for me. I cut each side branch and tomorrow a nice, new batch of keiki will be in the ground! Mahalo for supportive friends! I went and visited my first wauke patch this afternoon. I watered the plants and picked off the lower leaves. Picking off the lower leaves helps make a nice smooth kapa cloth later….Hoping to harvest some of these plants before the end of the year. It takes 18 to 24 months for wauke to reach maturity for kapa-making. My first garden was started in March of last year…

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