E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i To Know Lāna‘i Once Again, Summer 2015 program. Hawai'i poet, Jamaica Osorio and Matt Sproat of Waipuna along with Kepā Maly will be working with our students to compose a mele pana (song of Lāna‘i’s place names) in celebration of the places they visit. The lyrics and themes will be developed as poetry based on the reflections of the students from their field experiences. In addition to writing their own poetry about place, students will be studying traditional mele and poetical sayings about Lānaʻi. Sponsored by Native Hawaiian Education Act Grant and Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center.
Student participants in the E ʻIke Hou iā Lānaʻi Summer 2015 will engage in stewardship projects such as removal of invasive species from fragile ecosystems, working in lo‘i kalo, restoration of Waia‘ōpae fishpond, learn traditional mele, and how to compose their own mele in celebration of Lāna‘i’s storied landscape and history.
Among the group leaders are Lāna‘i raised Ben Ostrander, C&HP crew chief, and Katrina Gillespie, who bring a background in literature and cultural anthropology to the C&HP Program.
Students attending E ʻIke Hou iā Lānaʻi Summer 2015 program will learn a traditional mele from Lāna‘i that describes the visit of Pele and her family to the island where they found rest at Maunalei and food to sustain themselves at Polihua. The mele and hula will be taught by Kepā Maly and Reid Del Rosario.
Kahipuanani “Kahi” Brooks-Richards, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools is the Projects Director, Native Nations Education Foundation. Kahi brings Hawaiian language skills and place based education experience to E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i To Know Lāna‘i Once Again, Summer 2015 program. She also supports the programs evaluation and grant reporting administration.
Kumu Layne Richards, is a teacher at Kamehameha Schools Kea‘au of BSCS Biology, Ethnobotany, Senior Seminar in Science & Natural Resources, and 11th grade Ke ‘Ano o ka Liko Lehua o Kea`au Advisory. He is originally from Hau`ula, O‘ahu, and a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. Kumu Layne will be teaching core natural history components of the E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i To Know Lāna‘i Once Again, Summer 2015 program with an emphasis on traditional knowledge of place.