Jerry Konanui, one of the Founders’ of the Association for Hawaiian ‘Awa (AHA) passed away Thursday evening. In 1994, Jerry had already become celebrated throughout Hawai‘i for his knowledge of kalo (taro) when, he met Ed Johnston a collector of ‘awa cultivars. Much of the ‘awa renaissance can be attributed to Jerry. Jerry worked to restore ‘awa culture and even traveled to Fiji, Samoa, and Vanuatu and the U.S. mainland for presentations and to give classes on the Hawaiian view of ‘awa. Jerry will be greatly missed by so many. Many articles have been written about his work. I chose to include this one because it offers some history even though not focused totally on Jerry, Jerry really was the soul of AHA.
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