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Students serve Hawaiian community

LAIE, Hawaii — Some 500 students from the BYU-Hawaii 1st Stake gathered March 10 to serve the indigenous Hawaiian community in Kahana Valley on the Northeast shore of Oahu.

This the fourth year the students have undertaken such a project, and each year the project expands. This year the students worked in three areas — in the taro patches (a traditional Hawaiian form of agriculture) in knee high mud and water, helping to plant and harvest.

Other students cleaned up a historic cemetery on the south side of the valley that had become overgrown with vegetation. A third group spent the day moving large volcanic boulders to help restore an ancient Hawaiian fish pond in Kahana Bay. The work done by students in one day is equivalent to the amount of work residents of the Kahana community can do in a year.