13 October 2007
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Over 130 yams were in place prior to kamadihp.
08:37 Kehp (yams)
09:06 Sehu: ugar cane bundles
Four Cane stalk detail
Varieties of sugar cane
09:06 All in readiness, Nanihd en Onohnleng Dakker Daniel on the left, Nansau sed en Pehleng Mitsuo Daniel on the right.
Kenny and band played on
Soaukisoa arrived at 09:46. Known for punctuality and being on time, the king arrives a few minutes early.
09:53 Sakau arrives
Lycopodiella cernua mwarmwar
Piper ponapense mwarmwar: protection against kau. Bendura Ioanis
Kehp, sehum, sakau, and pig. All of the ingredients are in place.
10:06 A modern reinterpretation of a mwarmwar: betelnut mwarmwar
Betelnut mwarmwar detail
10:24 Final rock stacking on the uhm by Kirou ihd Pehleng
Time for talking. Luen ririn Kitti in white headband on the left, Oaron Isipau to his right. Nalik Onohnleng in back along the yam line. Soulik en Pohndake at the front facing right. Soumaka Nanrohi, Peliental Nanrohi en leng Pehleng Esthak Theres on the right facing left speaking.
Children collect the balloons
As nopwei continues to arrive, there is still time to talk. Luen Nanpei Moahk seated, Kanikihn Akahk on the left.
Inside the nahs, Soaukisoa in place.
A large pig destined for the uhm
11:03 Pehleng elementary school is just up the road
Planning and discussion. Luen Dol Lap on the left.
'Tis a political season. Luen en Imeloang Luhk Solpesio T. Salvador arrives.
Sourikohn Dirensapw McKarry Miguel
Popsicles for twins
Kids clamber around the yam racks
11:31 Uhm coming up to full heat
Writing down who has come to the kamadipw
Lepen Mand Joab Santos
Pig cleaning with onlookers.
12:34 Breaking the uhm
The basalt rocks are reminded of their previous state as lava, the ancient heat
12:36 Kehp laid in uhm to cook
Four women with four babies, these are whole family events and a chance to introduce the community to the newest additions
There is time to rearrange one's hair in a quieter corner
Popsicles finished, the twins amble about to meet the community
Kiroun en Poail (Soumas) Winciner David, Riting en Kepihlang
A baby girl
A moment of tickling and laughter, of playing around. Angie Joab, Kanikihn Akahk
Also a time too look good
Maimi Ioanis and sister
13:28 Soukise presiding over the kamadipw
Daniel, Samuel families
Jonathan Gourlay and daughter
13:41 Sakau enters the nahs
Ohl en Pohnpei
Blowing conch shells to herald the entrance of the sakau
With the departure of Soukise just prior to three in the afternoon, the guests start heading home
14:59 Rosa Kitti departs
Although I too headed home, Jonathan remained behind, working his way through a second sakau stone.
External link to the Kamadipw en Wahu, Koasop Pwudoi, November 2007 photographed by Souwel en Palikir.