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Manny Mattos, Native Dry Land Forest Advocate
Come join local craftsman Manny Mattos as he explores the importance of the native dry land forests of this island and their preservation, and shares proper protocol when in these sacred areas. A longtime kalai la'au, he will share his mana'o on the native hardwoods and his practice of recreating the warrior weapons of this place.
Manny Mattos was born and raised in Hawai'i. A retired policeman, he now dedicates much of his time to the study and preservation of the native Hawaiian dry land forests. Holding a permit from Department of Land and Natural Resources to harvest already non-living native woods, he uses his talent as a kalai la'au to re-create ancient Hawaiian warrior weapons. These historical pieces serve as good educational tools for groups throughout the islands to learn about these precious native woods, and the importance of preserving and restoring the native dry land forest.