At 8:00p, Aunty Pā‘anakalā, students, family members and program staff met and took a walk out to the beach, where aunty introduced everyone to some of the basic traditions and practices of the kilo hōkū (navigators). She pointed out Nāhiku, then led us to Hōkūpa‘a. From there we were taken on a journey across the sky to Hikianalia, then to Hōkūle‘a, which was directly overhead. We then looked to the south and saw to Newe or Hānaiakamalama, a short distance above the horizon, then towards the east where Mānaiakalani or Ka Makau Nui o Maui, and Humu are found. Everyone was really excited to see the stars and learn of their relationship to the great voyages of ka po‘e kahiko (the people of old).
Winds were picking up during the evening. Upon returning to camp, we found one of our 10x10 pop-up tents had been blown over and the metal braces bent beyond repair. During the night gusts were up to 40 miles an hour, and another pop-up tent was blown over broken, and a couple other tents started flapping in the wind. It wasn’t a restful night for some of the students, but everyone was safe when daylight returned.
It was an early rise to the smells of breakfast cooking. Winds were picking up, and Ho‘okele Timmy Gilliom of Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani felt that the ocean would be too rough for a safe tow out of Mānele Harbor. So the group that was set to sail today, went to the canoe, and engaged in lessons on the canoe in the safety of the harbor… protocols, safety, operations, and learned from crew member experiences of life on a canoe thousands of miles away from land.
During the rest of the day, students worked on some of their lessons, and got free time in the ocean. Energy levels were beginning to run low.
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
E lauhoe mai nā wa‘a… pae aku i ka ‘āina… (Paddle the canoe together, to land on shore).