It is that time of year when the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center is preparing for the summer 2017 Cultural Literacy program. During the past four years, we have successfully engaged Lāna‘i youth and families in culture-based learning initiatives that integrate science, technology, and other skills that help build capacity in our students. This year, Lāna‘i CHC partners with LHES, higher education learning centers, the Hui Wa‘a – Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani Voyaging Canoe Program, skilled teachers and cultural practitioners, Lili‘uokalani Trust, and other program supporters to provide this opportunity, free of charge, to Lāna‘i youth.
The 2017 program will be offered from June 12th to July 7th. It will include a wide range of classroom and field activities to provide Lāna‘i students with place-based and experiential learning opportunities at notable locations on Lāna‘i. A major addition to this years cultural literacy initiative will include a week-long program of holo wa‘a (canoe voyaging), kilo hōkū (celestial navigation), and learning about traditions of Lāna‘i’s role in the great voyages between Hawai‘i and the South Pacific.
Week 3 (June 26-June 30, 2017)
Field camp at Hulopo‘e Beach from Monday through Friday. Greet the Hui O Waʻa Kaulua Crew and Waʻa Kaulua Moʻokiha from Maui. Crew and Lāna‘i ‘ohana introductions, preparations for mooring overnight, Haumāna explore the wa‘a and learn about what makes it work. Kilo hōkū (stargazing) and Ho‘okele (navigation) wa‘a learning. Group voyaging between Mānele and Kaunolū, stewardship project along coast, continue work on haku mele and creative writing, poster development, and prepare narratives about experience. Families are being asked to help with food and potluck dinners. On the evening of Thursday, June 29th, the Lānaʻi community will be invited to participate in stargazing and a talk on navigation and voyaging.
Week 4 (July 3-7, 2017)
Revisit Maunalei Valley and Waia‘ōpae for stewardship/service learning. Students will develop management planning concepts (posters and oral presentations), complete video interviews and documentary project. Final Hōʻike and culminating event will take place on July 7th.
Waia‘ōpae Fishpond, June 29, 2016.
Week 2 (June 19-23, 3017)
Classroom review of Waia‘ōpae and Maunalei Valley, begin cultural-based poster development. Introduction to the Lāna‘i Hale Watershed Ecosystem and Sustainable Cultural Landscapes. Explore watershed conditions, formulate programs to solve problems. Further engagement in haku mele/creative writing.
Registration will begin in April. A maximum of 35 students will be accommodated. Preference will be given to students who commit to attending the full four-week program. Paper work will be sent home through LHES and will also be available at the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center.
Once registration is completed, a Pre-registration Meeting with students, parents and teaching Staff will be held on May 31, 2017 from 3:00-4:30p. Program Directors and teachers will discuss conditions and responsibilities of program participation as well as answer questions that will prepare participants to engage in program activities beginning on June 12th.
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
Lana'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 & Culture Center
Lana'i CHC Na Hoaloha - Friends Organization
Week 1 (June 12-16, 2017)
Classroom organization, review learning booklets, organize in three groups, plan for field outings and stewardship/service learning at Waia‘ōpae and Maunalei, journaling-haku mele/creative writing activities. During this week, some class days will begin at 7:30am and end by 4:30pm.
Maunalei, June 23, 2016.