Representative Jessica Wooley, D-47 (Kahaluu, Kaneohe, Haula, Laie), got down to business mpounding mochi rice for the New Year on Sat., Jan. 16, 2010. She joined Kahalu'u Cubs, Kahalu'u Boy Scouts, a local Girl Scout troop, and parents to prepare mochi at Kahalu'u United Methodist Church. The church is the sponsor for both the Cub Pack 117 and Scout Troop 117.
In photo above, Representative Jessica Wooley and Kai Ellis of Troop 117 keep a steady rhythm while pounding the mochi in the usu (mortar) with a kine (wooden mallet).
Photo from Elwin Spray.