Visiting Cultural Sites

Uncle Shad shows students one of the sink holes at the Kalaeloa Heritage Park on 12/07/15.

Uncle Shad shows students one of the sink holes at the Kalaeloa Heritage Park.Many students do not know the cultural treasures that lie within their community. In our program, students visit sites like the Kalaeloa Heritage Park, Pu‘u ‘o Kapolei, Pālehua, and Lanikūhonua.

By visiting these places, students engage in and actively practice proper protocol for encountering cultural sites. They oli (chant) before entering, they present ho‘okupu (gifts) and they make certain to mālama (care for) the place they visit.

Our goal is that by making students more aware of the significant places within their community, we build their connection to land. Historically this connection between kanaka (person) and āina (land) was so deep that both took care of each other leading to an effortless system of stewardship and a profound love for the community.

 

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After a visit to Pu’u ‘o Kapolei. Students present a hula as a ho’okupu to this special place.