Today the 7th and 8th grade classes went to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center to see the exhibit "Taken by Wonder." 28 year old, Wes Bruce, built a fort inside the art museum that included little pieces that represented a culture. There were many hidden rooms and it was so much fun exploring them. Wes also made 15 amazing paintings in only three days. After a tour of the fort, we went to a classroom to make our own creative structures; when we were all individually done we had to combine them! Carter, Brandon, Max, James and I built a zombie fort.
Out past the reef, blue open water. Sailing for the win. Yesterday was our last day sailing and it was superb! In the morning the wind was weak but towards the end of the day, it picked up and we were having a jolly good time. We went out past the reef and raced around two trimarans. I came in first twice and second once. For lunch we had pizza! For the last 2 hours of the day, Curtis gave us the freedom of doing whatever we wanted. We "pirated" other boats, which is when we jump on other peoples' boats and capsize them. One person stays on the boat to pick the person up after flipping the boat. Danno taught me how to tie a sheep shank knot which is used when repelling down a cliff to retrieve your rope. We had the best time ever!!!
This Friday the 7th and 8th grade class went up to Honokawai Valley to plant native species and learn about their uses. First Puanani started with a puli then broke off into groups to start weeding the bed we would plant in. I used a sickle to cut the roots of the grass then Carter came with the rake and took all the weeds away. After all the weeding was done and the area was clear we had lunch and took a break. When lunch was over we re hydrated and got our tools to plant. Carter and I were using digging sticks that are used to loosen up the hard soil, then the dirt is dug out with the shovel. we planted a bush that can be crushed up and put in tide pools to make the fish drowsy and slow.
We all learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
Sailing last week Thursday was so much fun! Towards the end of the day the wind picked up and Carter and I were flying. We had decided to sail together so we put our feet in the foot straps and leaned far to one side to keep the bout balanced. Despite our weight of about 260 lbs we were going pretty fast and at times were passing other people. We went out past the reef into deeper waters and it was awesome. I am so excited to go back next week.
Yesterday our 8th grade class went up to O'o farm and we had so much fun. First we messed around all day on Friday playing tag, making pizza and splitting firewood. We made the best pizzas ever with our brick pizza oven that reaches 950 degrees! we used sausage, chicken, mozzarella and rosemary. after dinner we had to go to bed in the yurt (Mongolian tent). The next morning we woke up for sunrise and made a fire to warm up. When we were all warmed up we made breakfast. After breakfast we planted our 8th grade coffee tree row and learned about coffee germination. Then our class toured the crops on the farm and observed the bugs that affect them. I learned that the parasitic wasp and lady beetle help a lot by eating the eggs of harmful pests like moths and white butterflies. I also learned that the lady beetles and parasitic wasps like the cilantro flowers the best because that is where most of these pests are. By 11 o'clock am we were all tired and ready to go home so our chaperons picked us up and we went home to sleep.
Yesterday was even more fun then I anticipated. Carter and I were the last two to go in and we were sailing so fast! We learned to sail in different wind because the wind was coming from the east. The waves were really big and everyone was flipping. At the end of the day the wind picked up a lot and we were flying. This was fun because it was a new experience for me sailing in this weather and I think this has made u us better sailers.
I am so excited to go sailing tomorrow! Last week was so much fun sailing with my class. We learned a lot about the wind and Bernoulli's principle, which id=s what we are learning about in science. That's is pretty much what reformed learning is. I am can't wait to get back on the water again tomorrow.
Yesterday our 8th grade class went to Lahaina Sound recording studio to record "Where in the World are the Whales," a song written by Steve Grimes. The recording studio was so cool because it was actually a professional recording studio. We had so much fun singing and using the recording equipment like the microphones and headsets because it made us feel like we were famous.
Yesterday we were very sad to hear that our friend and teacher Kupuna Kina is in the hospital. We are all praying for her to get better soon.
Today we arranged a student council, we will have our first meeting on August 27 at 12:00pm.
We are also planing a field trip to O'o farm where we will spend the night, make pizzas, plant crops, messing around and learn about the importance of sustainability. I am so excited to see what will happen in the future!!!