When we first began to use Obi Abata, we would buy them in large batches. We soon discovered how upsetting it was to watch them quickly begin to deteriorate before we had a chance to use all of them. It was quite a disappointment. We tried to store them in plastic bins, glass mason jars, in water, in gin, in "zip locked" bags, in the refrigerator and even in the freezer. (By the way, gin does preserve them and even makes them tasty - but not really feasible).
Then one day, I met my current Elder and among the many things we discussed, we landed on the topic of how to properly store Obi Abata so that they stay fresh for as long as possible. Newspaper!
She told me that Obi Abata should be stored in freshly minted news paper, then placed in either a plastic bag or plastic wrap and then kept in a cool, dark place with low humidity. Change the newspaper every month if you still have any to store.