Feb 19 and 22
It all started with preparing pumpkin for the palu to be used during our Ho'okena/Opelu Huaka'i. Uncle Keola got things rolling to cook the pumpkin in an Imu. Uncle Clem and Uncle Gerald helped us expand the mission to learn how to make a good old fashion IMU. From digging the pit to salting the pig to covering the Imu. We did it all. A Truely amazing experience. Oh. we did cook the Pumpkin too.
WE CAN'T THANK OUR THREE UNCLES ENOUGH. THE ONES WHO MADE THIS ALL POSSIBLE
Our parent support is truly outstanding. Mahalo nui Loa to Orian's and Ruthy's parents.
While waiting for the Imu to cook everything, we worked on our paddles then Uncle Kalani and Aunty Nahaku explained how to follow sea charts and determine latitude by using your thumb, hand and fingers.
Righting An Overturned Canoe
FEB 8. 2014
Everybody took a turn in flipping then righting Hanakalima. The sea was calm there was very little wind and the water was warm
The ocean conditions were Hauliuli: meaning there were small wavelets
Crests of glassy
breaking. Wind was very light.
Photos by C. Mersburg
We Really got to SAIL today
Feb 5, 2014.
We had Ten Knot winds and two foot seas. We took all four small canoes out today. Kinikini stood by in case any help was needed.
The seas would be described in Hawaiian as being:
Owe: Large wavelets, crests begin to break and whitecaps are scattered.
Initially the wind was blowing out of the north then shifted to the North East making our return to Keauhou Bay challenging.
Photo: Charlene Mersburg
PRACTICE SAIL OUT OF KEAUHOU BAY
jan 15, 2014
Not much wind but it sure was a beautiful sun set
Kona Kai Malino
Uncle Kalani reviewed the do's and don'ts of handling the Pe'a
VISIT TO THE KEAUHOU FOREST RESERVE
Jan 11 2014
Koa, Olona, Kawa'u, Ho'awa Olomea
'Ie'ie, Palapalai were some of the plants we saw and learned about. Apapane
were out in force filling the forest with their song.
The morning began with E Ho Mai at Ka'ili'ilinehe.
Kolonahe breeze kept us cool on the hike
Click and listen.
Lunch provided by parents ended our day at Ka'ili'ilinehe.
Jan 8, 2014
REFINING OUR SAILING SKILLS
Uncle Kalani explained the process used to steer a canoe while under sail. Getting the right angle on the wind, keeping the sail full of air while at the same time keeping the ama in the water is complicated proceedure but Oh so much fun.
Na Pe'a students also learned how to hoist the sail on Kinikini which kept a watchful eye on our smaller canoes as we sailed out of Keauhou bay.
Posted Dec 14, 2013.
NA PE'A SETS SAIL
Mailelauli'i, Malolo and Holomoana set sail on Keauhou Bay escorted by the Wa'akaulua Kinikini. The wind was light but the team work and canoe handling by Na Pe'a students... Outstanding.
Members of the Cowichan Tribe of Vancover Island BC Canada described their "Snulhwulh" (Canoes) and voyaging practices and traditions with Na Pe'a students at Keauhou Bay. Mahalo nui to Aunty Molly Peter and Uncle Dan for their stories and lessons of life.
Dec 4, 2013
Much thanks to Nancy Eger for the photos
NAPE'A HITS THE WATER
Nape'a students learned how to hoist the Pe'a and worked together in launching our canoes into Keauhou Bay. Basic canoe handling was practiced without unfurling the sails.
AHA HOA WA'A
Na Pe'a students learn to complete the Kua'iako lashing on 200 year old Koa Canoe Alapi'i and a 42 year old Fiber glass canoe Hanakalima at the Halau Wa'a at Aiopio, Honokohau N. Kona. The lashing of the canoes was in preperation for the Kaloko-Honokohau National Park Childrens festival held on Nov 21 and 22.
Posted November 20, 2013
SAFE BOATING TRAINING CLASS
Na Pe'a students began the DLNR on line safe boating class. Uncle Kalani brought the words on the page to life with his animated presentation of some tedious lessons. Much Mahalo to the Konawaena Elementary school who made their computer lab available to Na Pe'a. Posted November 2, 2013
CPR AND DEFIBULATOR TRAINING AT KALOKO-HONOKOHAU
Posted November 2, 2013
On November 2, 2013, Na Pe'a students attended a 5 hour class on CPR and use of a Defibulater conducted by the National Park Rangers of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Park. The training is certified by the American Red Cross. All Na Pe'a students passed with flying colors. Much Mahalo to the Park Rangers at Koloko-Honokohau. Check out the NPS blog at:
Hoe uli - Steering Paddle Making
Posted October 21, 2013
During the month of October Na Pe'a students designed, shaped and finished their own steering paddles that they will use in their up coming canoe voyages.