June 10 – June 21, 2019. Over the period of two weeks 70 haumāna (students), ages 8 to 17 engaged in field and classroom activities across the island of Lāna‘i. At the closing hō‘ike on June 21st, haumāna from Lāna‘i and Hilo (Hui Ho‘oleimaluō) developed hō‘ike presentations after learning about the Design Thinking process. They identified cultural landscape issues, why these issues are important to the future of Lāna’i, and offered suggestions on how they might be solved. Today, more than 65 community members and younger students gathered together to learn about the 2019 E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna’i experiences and recommendations for good stewardship in the future.
Much appreciation to E ‘Ike Hou leaders, Shelly Kaleialoha Preza, Jana Kaopuiki; Diane Preza and the Pūlama Lāna‘i Culture & Historic Preservation, Natural Resources and Recreation Departments; Pam Pili Alconcel, Albert Morita, and many other mea kāko‘o (supporters/helpers). Financial support for the 2019 cultural literacy initiative came from Kamehameha Schools-Community Investing Program, NOAA B-WET Grant No. NA17NOS4730195, the Legislative Grant In-Aid No. OCS-GIA-18-01; and the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center. Mahalo also to Lāna‘i High & Elementary School for use of the Science Classroom for in-door sessions.
The 2019 program was the seventh year in this cultural literacy initiative. Original program funding was sponsored through the Native Hawaiian Education Act.
E holo mua a kau mai i ka lei o ke aloha no ka honua ola!
Summer 2018 — the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center hosted its sixth annual summer program for Lāna‘i youth, focusing on knowledge of the bio-cultural landscape of their island home. This short film documentary shares some of the experiences and thoughts of our students, and the goals of the program. The 2018 program was conducted as a part of grant initiatives by NOAA – BWET, a Grant in Aide from the Hawai‘i State Legislature, the community educational initiative of Kamehameha Schools, and with the support of Pūlama Lāna‘i, the Lāna‘i Archaeological Committee, and many friends. Video, editing and production by Bryan Berkowitz and Jake Cahill.
Lāna‘i Cultural Literacy Initiative – Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center Music – ‘E ‘Ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i – Composed by 2015 Cultural Literacy initiative Students. With Matt Kawaiola Sproat and Kepā Maly.
E Ike Hou Ia Lāna‘i Flyer
Teachers, resource staff and students met at classroom to organize groups and program goals and objectives.
They began work on mele, took a Lāna‘i knowledge pre-test, and engaged in their first projects. Embracing the theme of a living environment, the groups selected environmental zones for the names – Kai Kohola (shallow reef flats), Ka ‘Ilima (the dry ‘ilima covered lowlands), and Kuahiwi (the mountain ridges. They then engaged in creating posters to describe the environmental zone and certain features and characteristics for which they are known.
During the day, the students also visited the Lāna‘i Culture & Heritage Center to explore facets of Lāna‘i’s history, artifacts from earlier days, and then explored history of Waia‘ōpae and Maunalei in preparation for their field stewardship projects.
Students and alaka‘i 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 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.
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.
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.
The program opened with students offering the oli, Hanohano Lāna‘i, and the agenda followed with:
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
Lāna'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 & Cultural Center
Lāna'i CHC Na Hoaloha - Friends Organization
Mahalo nui no!
Check out this great video Mahalo Hawai'i Community Foundaton, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, Lānaʻi Archaeological Committee, Lānaʻi High & Elementary School, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Pūlama Lānaʻi, Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts National Organization for Traditional Artists Exchange.
Haumāna and Kumu gathered at Maunalei as a part of the 2015 E ‘ike Hou Iā Lāna‘i Cultural Literacy Program. Maunalei and other storied places on Lāna’i inspired students in the composition of their Lāna’i mele…