Ninety-plus students took part in the Ho‘olauna Moloka‘i program, which took place over four one-week sessions from June 3–28. The Kamehemeha Schools program concluded last Thursday with a hō‘ike at the Molokai Regional Resource Center.
In a setting where culture comes easy, students attending Ho‘olauna Moloka‘i were able to gain a wealth of experiences. From working lo‘i kalo in Hālawa Valley, to hiking the unique Mo‘omomi conservation area, students found many opportunities explore and create. Lessons taught at Keawanui fishpond allowed these keiki to learn about lay nets, cleaning fish and maintaining the pond. They also learned the importance of place in Hawaiian culture.
Additional activities included making lei, drying fish, pounding poi and helping with an imu from beginning to end. The students learned many mele and presented those songs and some of their lessons learned to their ‘ohana at the end of each week.
The students who participated were not only those on-island, but throughout Hawaii Nei and even the continental U.S.
Ho‘olauna Moloka‘i is a part of Kamehameha Schools’ Explorations Series, which comprises four programs (Ho‘omāka‘ika‘i, Ho‘olauna, Kūlia I Ka Pono and Ipukukui) serving students in grades five to eight. The Explorations Series invites Hawaiian learners to participate in a week-long experience designed to build foundations of Hawaiian cultural knowledge, connectedness and responsibility through place-based programs.
Applications to participate in next summer’s program will be available in January. Visit http://apps.ksbe.edu/enrichment for more information.