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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

'Olena...



A piece of 'olena, or tumeric ginger root. Beautiful orange color. Used as a spice and dye in foods and also to color cloth or kapa cloth a shade of orange. Medicinally used by kahuna la'au lapa'au for earaches and lung trouble. Also used with salt water to prepare dead bodies for burial and for purification with pikai, or sprinkling of the 'olena kai on everything and anything that has become haumia, or polluted from contact with the dead and death...

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