Students got to have a late start today (8a). They were greeted by Aunty Ke‘ala Kaopuiki Santos, who joined us as a resources teacher for the week from Kamehameha Schools. The focus of the day was to review traditions and historical literature about Maunalei Ahupua‘a, traditional agricultural practices, and Lāna‘i Hale. Students engaged in reading aloud, then creating group posters depicting some facet of the landscape that stood out in their mind from the readings and talking story.

The students and alaka‘i then walked up to the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage where they met with Mikala Enfield, who shared a small collection of unique Lāna‘i artifacts in a hands-on session, and also described the processes of accessioning and preserving heritage collections. The students then engaged in researching and selecting a particular item in the collection to describe in presentations to their fellow program participants.


Aunty Ke‘ala, Uncles Ben and Kepā then took the students to the museum gardens to discuss the ethnobotany in Hawaiian culture. Upon return to the class they also continued their research and creative writing projects.

June 19, 2017 Day 6 – classroom and Lāna‘i Culture & heritage center —

E ‘Ike Hou iā Lāna‘i —

Cultural Literacy Initiative