October sees the appearance of the Makali’i (Pleiades) constellation in the east/northeast sky at dusk. For certain islands, the first sight of Makali’i marks the beginning of Makahiki (New Year) festival, which lasts around 4 months. This month is also a good time to catch moi (Pacific Threadfin) and ʻōpelu (Mackerel Scad), which are plentiful and swim in schools near the surface of coastal waters. Kalo (taro), a staple Hawaiian food, is often used to lure ʻōpelu into a funnel shaped net, like the one in the diagram below.
‘Ōpelu ha ʻalili i ke kai
ʻŌpelu that make the sea ripple