E lauhoe mai nā wa‘a… pae aku i ka ‘āina… (Paddle the canoe together, to land on shore).
Chicks will be hatching soon, and the birds spend most of their lives out on the ocean, returning to land, only for breeding and raising young. Aunty Rachel also brought along a couple pairs of night vision goggles for better viewing of the ua‘u kani in the dark. The birds have a wingspan of about two feet and are ground nesters, so everyone got all excited trying to avoid being dive-bombed by incoming birds.
Aunty Linda Nakagawa, a marine biologist from Maui, came in on the first ferry and met up with our older students in the E ‘ike Hou iā Lāna‘i initiative, and they began their exploration of the living ocean environment. The students also engaged in research and creative writing, and then they got to experience the ocean up front with some free swim time.
In the evening, Pūlama Lāna‘i Wildlife Biologist, Rachel Sprague came down to Hulopo’e and engaged the students and ‘ohana wa‘a in a discussion about the ua‘u kani (Wedge-tailed shearwater) which are nesting during this time of year in one of the largest surviving colonies in the main Hawaiian Islands. At sunset, we all headed out to Uolokeahi point, to see the ua‘u kani returning to their nests, and to hear the eerie crying or moaning that they make as the settle into their nests.
The E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i -Cultural Literacy Initiative is sponsored through grants and contributions of:
Hawai'i Tourism Authority Kūkulu Ola Program
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Lāna'i Archaeological Committee
Hui o Wa'a Kaulua and Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani 'Ohana
Lāna‘i High & Elementary School
Jim and Linda Caires Smith
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Lāna'i CHC Na Hoaloha - Friends Organization
Mahalo nui no!
To view other daily activities:
E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — To Know Lāna‘i Once Again Cultural Literacy Program 2017
Early breakfast and the students divided into several groups. Kāna‘i Kanaloa youth met with the ‘ohana wa‘a and learned about the canoe’s history, safety, and voyaging. They then set out on their own sailing adventure. As guests on Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani.