This month is passing by with a flurry of activity...and Christmas is upon us and for the first time in years, I am not quite ready for it to get here yet!
With a business partner, we've started a small company and we've been participating in craft and holiday fairs since mid October. Meant to eventually be a website store, Orchid Isle Traders had a soft opening just to test the waters...we can't complain, as we've been well received, but it has kept us busy.
Then Thanksgiving and just this past weekend our "2nd Annual Christmas Party / Potluck" with friends and friends or family of friends...Photos of the event in Facebook Christmas at Kolekole Beach Park 2015 (hope the link works!)
Yesterday, it was Wreath Making Day with friends... some of the photos were taken by my friends
We met at the home of our friend Gail in the Volcano Village area and drove to a couple of empty lots in her neighborhood to start foraging and gathering our greens. The day was mostly rainy, but it was not a steady rain... we did have some instances of sun in between the drizzles and little showers and even a rainbow...
At this first location we mostly gathered uluhe fern and wawaei'ole fern, which resembles little chenille pipe cleaners... At the second location, on the drier side of Volcano Parks, we found lots of Pūkiawe and 'Ōhelo plants. They both have berries; the Pūkiawe berries are not edible but can be used as a dye, while the 'Ōhelo berries are edible and juicy but tart. We added bits of Cryptomaria aka Sugi Pine and some of us also used the lance like leaves from the Acacia Koa tree.
Traditionally we also add ʻōhiʻa lehua greens, buds, flowers and dried pods, but due to a fungus infestation happening this year on the ʻōhiʻa forests, we did not use any to prevent carrying the 'wilting fungus' from one area of the island to another.
My finished wreath
We had a great day. It is always fun to forage, gather greens in the wild and then make our wreaths. We shared snacks and a delicious hot rum grog to keep us warm ...the day was mostly dismal and rainy but the sound of the rain on the roof, the fire in the two fire pits, the friendships shared, and the beauty created is priceless....