Today was a busy day preparing everyone for the big eight mile hike to Waimanu. In the morning, we teamed up with farm to table to plan camp friendly meals. Afterwards outdoor rec planned a presentation for everyone to provide more information on the hike; including maps, packing list, camping + safety tips, and most importantly how to have fun on the hike! After Lunch, we tackled the wwoofers trail.That included redesigning and clearing a new pathway to make it more user friendly.
Tuesday we visited the Hawaiian Culture Center. There we learned about the current Mauna Kea exhibit, which is the most sacred of the hawaiian mountains. In the past, locals have stood their ground to protect the mountain against invasive construction on a new telescope. Our teacher Lanakila taught us a kukulu (pillars) chant; the mele included clapping -each verse had different hand motions that symbolized different pillars, i.e the mountain, the altar, and stones. Reflecting on this chant and practicing it, allows a person to realize how they can be a pillar in their own life.
The weather on the big island is not always predictable, and after a long night and morning of rain, parts of the valley flooded and the hike had to be rescheduled. Outdoor rec quickly gathered together and came up with a quick presentation to let everyone know what was happening and propose backup plans for the group. To keep spirits high, we played games including capture the flag, and some people set up for a rainy movie night
Thursday, students spent time with their directors and had time to catch up on our kuleanas for the week. We also watched a history documentary about the epic life of king Kamehameha, who was responsible for uniting the hawaiian islands under one rule.
Friday kicked off the start of vacation week! With spirits high for the coming week, the interns on the farm said goodbye to those leaving the farm to start their vacation.