This summer, students in KS’ new Kilohana Waialua summer program have been exploring the driving questions: How are humans impacting the kaiaola kai (ocean ecosystems)? How can we mālama the kaiaola kai?
Over the course of the five-week program, haumāna have had the opportunity to interact with and learn from cultural practitioners, scientists, and ʻāina stewards who have woven a narrative that equates excellence with intentional preparation and a growth mindset.
Through a study of the interactions of the abiotic and biotic factors within the kaiaola kai and multiple mālama ʻāina experiences, haumāna have gained a better understanding of the interconnectedness and interdependence of native plants, animals and people.
“We as kānaka are inextricably connected to ʻāina and therefore anything that threatens the health of ‘āina threatens the health of kānaka and the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture,” said Hawaiian Resource Specialist Kainoa Kaulukukui-Narikawa. “Through a series of classroom lessons and huakaʻi experiences, haumāna have been encouraged to see ecological problems as community problems and as cultural threats and have been empowered to come up with innovative solutions.”
As a Kilohana Waialua culminating huakaʻi, 45 haumāna from papa six and papa seven, had a fun-filled and action-packed overnight adventure at Camp Mokulēʻia.
Highlights of the experience included:
The Kilohana Waialua team send a special “mahalo” to community collaborators Lehua Kamalu and Kāʻohinani Kamalu; and Kilohana Waialua kumu Ululani Russo, Leialoha Cambonga, Kaʻōlino Yasuoka, Lisa Jeffers-Fabro, Uʻilani Kanehailua and Kaʻimi Valladares for helping to facilitate a safe, illuminating and fun overnight experience for haumāna.
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July 12, 2018
Forty-five Kilohana Waialua summer program haumāna recently culminated their ecological education experience with a fun-filled and action-packed overnight adventure at Camp Mokulēʻia.