Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Salt Beds

Today I got to learn something new at school!  A student brought another Kumu a large zip-lock bag of salt that he had collected himself from a salt bed on Niihau. From what I understand, people dig "salt beds" near shore where the waves will hit.  When the water level is low and the water evaporates from the beds, salt is able to be gathered.  There is so much that they can dig it out with a shovel!  According to Hawaiian culture, they choose not to sell it since it came from the land.  Instead, they only trade with it.  There are also salt beds on Kauai at a beach with a very fitting name, Salt Pond.  Below is a link to a website that talks about the salt beds on Kauai. 

http://www.parrishkauai.com/blog/the-salt-beds-of-hanapepe-kauai/

-Emilie

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