This is my first post and I’m very excited to share that I'll be working at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy. If you’re a teacher, please email email@example.com so we can plan a time to work together. Your students will learn more about waʻa (canoes), sailing, navigation and might even have an opportunity to sail!
Being with Nā Waʻa Keiki on Hawaiʻi island this summer inspired me to get reconnected to the waʻa on Oʻahu. This past weekend I thought of some new lessons from the training classes:
I’ll expand on Lesson 6.
One night after sailing, my friend Darienne thought she saw a bat fly by. It gave me the idea that Halloween would be an appropriate time to introduce the ʻōpeʻapeʻa (Hawaiian hoary bat) to our students. I noticed that the teachers at my school tend to do at least one fun lesson that relates to each holiday, so why not connect it to something that we actually have here in Hawaiʻi! Jerrik has been helping me with creating math problems and Panda shared with me a really great bat game that is similar to sharks and minnows (predator/prey).
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Teachers Pay Teachers: Teaching Aloha
I’m from my grandma, the one who called me Caelan
Raking the leaves in the yard
Picking pua kenikeni
Always wondering why her mango tree didn’t give fruit anymore
Ti leaves surround her entire house
and I like to think she planted it not only for hula skirts and lei
but for protection
I’m from Kaʻaiʻōhelo, a name that one girl in every generation in my ‘ohana carry
The eater of the ʻōhelo berry
I’m from Ushiya, my great-grandma who came from Okinawa
Strong like an ox
Born and raised in Kaimukī
I’m from my pāpā who comes from Kāne'ohe
I’m from my māmā whose ancestors were originally taro farmers from Hālawa Valley, Molokaʻi
McAfee-Torco, the perfect combination of the two
I’m from dry land kalo that started from a wedding centerpiece
The bright green mo’o that live under my front stairs
who follow me wherever I go
Pakalana, yellow lehua and crown flower
that my tutu makes look so easy to grow
Plumerias ready to be picked at any given moment
like a family flower shop
I’m from the red 12-foot door
that welcomes you into our hale
From the room where the most wind blows
with sea blue walls
That’s filled with bilingual books, tie-dye pillow cases
and paddle boards for the entire family
I’m from the hidden money in the cards I find years later
The unfinished orange lei hulu I started eight years ago
and the glow-in-the-dark stars that I placed on my dresser when I was four
that continue shimmer to this day
Kumu Kaʻai previously taught at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hawaiian Studies at Wilson Elementary School to K-5 students.