June 28, 2017 Day 13 – hulopo‘e beach camp for the week with hui o wa‘a kaulua — mo‘okiha o pi‘ilani — E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — Cultural Literacy Initiative

In the afternoon, Aunty Pā‘anakalā introduced the students to the Hawaiian star compass. She led them through exercises in identifying the cardinal directions and the Hawaiian customs of identifying various zones and means locating one’s position while on the ocean.

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E lauhoe mai nā wa‘a… pae aku i ka ‘āina… (Paddle the canoe together, to land on shore).

Another early start. Breakfast prepared by Uncle Albert and friends. Groups organized for lessons and a sail on Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani, marine biology with Linda Nakagawa, and paddling a six man outrigger to greet Mo‘okiha on its sail past Hulopo‘e. Smaller groups also spent time walking the coastal trail, learning about native plants of the shore and about features of the cultural landscape.

Aunty Linda worked with the students in identifying plankton and various marine resources and also taught them about fish anatomy.  After careful dissection of several fish, the halalū (from Uncle Warren Osako), were cooked up and eaten. Throughout the camp, Uncle Kepā reminded the students about an old Hawaiian saying “A‘ole ‘ūwē ‘ana ka ‘ai iā ‘oe, ‘o ‘oe no ka mea e ‘ūwē ‘ana i ka ‘ai!” (The food doesn’t cry for you to eat it, it’s you who cry for food to eat!). In other words, don’t waste your food.

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