Lā ‘Ulu – Activities and Music
Lā 'Ulu Breadfruit Day has been postponed.
COVID-19 cases, especially the Delta variant, are currently at their highest numbers on Maui and in our state since the beginning of the pandemic. Maui is also the least vaccinated county, at 55%. The County of Maui has decided that, for public safety, the 2021 Lā 'Ulu Breadfruit Day event scheduled for September 4 must be limited to 100-150 participants. For comparison, the 2019 Lā 'Ulu event had an attendance of 2,000. Because of this, we have decided to postpone all scheduled 2021 Lā 'Ulu activities, both virtual and in-person.
If you can, please get vaccinated!
Check back here for the new date.
Besides being a tasty food, other parts of ‘ulu are also useful. ‘Ulu wood was traditionally used for making pahu (drums), papa he‘e nalu (surfboards), and papa ku‘i ‘ai (poi pounding boards). Medicinally, a remedy to treat koko‘ino (bad blood) was made with ‘ulu, and the sticky latex was used as glue to caulk canoes and to catch birds. Yellow, tan and brown kapa dyes can be made from the male inflorescence of ‘ulu, which in modern times can be burned as a mosquito repellent. The rich brown leaf sheaths are attractive for lei.
We will have a variety of cultural demonstrations, games, and live Hawaiian music at the September 4 event. The schedule of activities will appear here when finalized; please check back for updates.