June 15, 2017 Day 4 – Waia‘ōpae Fishpond E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i — Cultural Literacy Initiative

Another early summer morning with students starting the day with their oli.


Kepā Maly reviewed role of mele and oli in Hawaiian culture, and spoke with the students about who and what they could think of in words or lines that stood out in their mind about the land, ocean, living environment, and how to integrate their thoughts into their own mele (chant or song).

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Down at Waia‘ōpae they took advantage of the low tide and walked the 2,000 foot alignment of the kuapā, measuring the wall, and using glass bottom buckets to view marine life.

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 The area of the kuapā that has now been restored is 271 feet long. It’s a big project, but each person that sets their hand to the project, touches the past, and is building a legacy for the future.

Students hope that more Lāna‘i ‘ohana and even friends from afar will come and help restore this loko to a working pond. At the close of the day, they began writing their thoughts and composing possible lines for their own mele of Lāna‘i.

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