Aloha Po’alima! Happy Friday!
It’s been quite the busy week here in the Education Department. From mountain to the sea, our staff have been sharing Kualoa’s history and culture with the keiki. There are not enough words to describe the heaps of fun we’ve had this week. Thus, here’s a handful of pictures that we hope will do justice in describing our FABULOUS Fall Break!
Po’akahi – Monday
The spunky Kindergarten and 1st grade classes from Punahou School were so lucky to see Hokule’a in all her glory from our Hakipu’u Beach. The lively students spent the morning with us as we taught them how to malama (take care) of our Zoo Animals.
Po’alua – Tuesday
Hakipu’u was beaming with energy and mana (power) as 151 students began the day with a beautiful oli (chant) asking permission to enter because they were ready to learn. Having prepared their hearts, bodies, and minds, the 6th graders hiked with such enthusiasm and passion. As we reached the restoration site, one of the students asked, “Can we help to malama aina (take care the land)?” What a SHOCK! These students wanted to exert their energy in giving back to the land. Immediately, in impromptu Malama ‘Aina activity was directed by our very own, Cole! A job that would’ve taken three people about 4 hours to complete was done in a single hour with the many helping hands of the Kamehameha Schools Explorations Series Ipukukui students.
Po’akolu – Wednesday
The high school students of Kamehameha Schools Explorations Series Ipukukui participated in a three-day activity at Moli’i Fishpond. On Wednesday, they focused on the responsibilities of a kia’i (guardian) of the fishpond in both traditional and modern practices. These students also helped to malama by collecting coral and filling uneven spots in the fishpond wall. Aunty Kui and Ikaika shared their expertise in every day functions, productivity, and practices as caretakers of the fishpond. The students also explored a Hawaiian legend of Ku’ula, the god of fishermen, to further the discussion of what it takes to be a kia’i. Murphy carefully explained the art of dry-stacking as the students attempted to build a small-scale kuapa or fishpond wall as the Hawaiians did without cement. Captain Jim happened to walk by our tent as we were eating lunch and offered to take the students on the Aniani, our glass bottom boat. It was such a treat to sea Hakipu’u from the ocean. After a long day of learning, the kids giggled with glee as the sea spray dampened the skin.
Po’aha – Thursday
As a conclusion of their three-day activity, the Ipukukui students learned how an ancient fishpond can be use for modern day functions. On very seldom accounts do groups get to experience an up-close tour of the oyster beds. From spat to full-sized and yummy oysters, the students got to see, touch, and do many of the required tasks of oyster bed maintenance. From testing salinity to shucking open the oysters, no hands were idle. It was a great way to end the extended fishpond activity at Moli’i.
On the other end of the pond, the 3rd and 4th graders of the Youth Activities from the Kane’ohe Marine Corps Base Hawai’i took a minute to observe. During this silent minute, they open all senses. They felt the grass between their toes, saw the shimmer of the water, and heard the birds chirping. It was a splendid day to stroll around the garden to learn about the canoe plants. Their activity ended with a nice time on the boat to see the fishpond wall and its sluice gates.
We send our ALOHA and MAHALO to all the keiki who came to spend some time learning the history and culture of our land. It is always a pleasure to educate the posterity of Hawai’i. E ola kakou, we shall thrive!