Every summer Kamehameha Schools Partners with Nā Kālai Waʻa to conduct the Kūlia I Ka Pono Summer Enrichment Program in Keauhou, Kona. Students from all around the state and nation are able to sign up to attend one of six week-long programs hosted at the Sheraton Keauhou Resort. The program is targeted for keiki in middle schools.
The focus of Nā Kālai Waʻa's Kūlia I Ka Pono session focuses on the student’s connection and understanding of their surrounding environments and themselves. Students are introduced to non-instrument navigation tools and techniques, sailing techniques, environmental observations and resource management exercises.
To develop young learners relationship to the natural environment of Hawaiʻi, both land and ocean resources.
To develop young learners personal confidence and growth through the acquisition of their cultural knowledge.
To perpetuate waʻa (canoe) culture in Hawaiʻi.
Young learners will be familiar with how to orient themselves to their surrounding environments and associated compass points.
Young learners will be able to articulate the interdependent relationship between land, ocean, and human resources.
Young learners will be able to perpetuate waʻa culture through the application of its teaching in their everyday lives.
Schedule of Activities (2013 Waimea-Kawaihae)
Sunday: Students arrive Sunday evening and are quickly immersed in environment observations along with team building activities
Schedule of Activities (2008-2012 Programs at Kahaluʻu-Keauhou)
Sunday: Students arrive Sunday evening and are quickly immersed in environment observations along with team building activities.
Monday: Students are introduced to the surrounding wahi pana of Kahaluʻu and Keauhou, many of which are used to measure celestial movements. They also cover the Pale Lau Kanaka, the water safety portion, of their week.
Tuesday: Students visit upland forest resources to better understand the relationship of our island and our canoe, best described through our vision statement: He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa (Our canoe is our island, our island is our canoe). They visit Maluaka Kona, Keauhou-Kahaluʻu Education Group's Kona Field System site and participate in planting canoe plants.
Wednesday: Students begin their day with an overview of the last two days activities and transition from the land activities to canoe activities. While one group sails, another group works on their kīhei.
Thursday: Students continue with their waʻa activities, half the group sailing while the other half finished thei kīhei (shawl used for warmth and ceremony) before switching for the afternoon.
Friday: Students have one last opportunity to sail before returning to shore to practice for their final hōʻike (presentations of learning) during the evening. Students may begin to be released to their families.
Saturday: Remaining students return to their islands.
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