This Friday, May 2nd, our school is hosting our own Mayday service. This event will be held at Maui Theater in Lahaina. My spot on the Royal Court is one of the two Kahili Bearers. My responsibility as a Kahili Bearer is to alert the community of the Ali'i's arrival. I am excited to be a part of the Royal Court because it is a privilege to participate in such a sacred event. Thankfully we will be able to show how much time and effort our school has put into Mayday for this coming Friday..
Today we re-assembled the Aquaponics system after it was disassembled for the Bazaar. The three containers were filled with green water, scorpions, centipedes, and leaves. We cleaned two of them out with hoses by tilting the containers vertical and spraying them.The third one we emptied with its built in bell siphon. After setting it all up again we talked about planning to go get Tilapia from the reservoir in Ka'anapali. I feel our Aquaponics system will impress visitors to this school, and show people that we are responsible enough to run this system by ourselves.
Pink peacefulness lying there with hopelessness
No return back to the stem from which it came
Lying wounded on the ground of a muddy field like a soldier in a battlefield
Except the innocence of a child being bullied on the playground scared of fighting back
Still only being a speck on the ground it brought back my peaceful imagination
Curiosity once taken from the mindless electronics in our everyday life
A week after visiting the local public high school, Lahaina Luna. Our class toured a prestigious high school. My class was put in groups of two that would shadow a freshman student. We were able to follow them to two different classes to see what the average day was like for them. After watching how my shadower interacted with other kids of all grades I realized that the environment was extremely inclusive. Before lunch time we said goodbye to our shadowers and met the principal of the high school and headmaster. He talked to us about tuition and financial aid. If this school was not one and half hours away from my home I would apply to this school.
Today my 8th grade class accompanied the 7th grade, while the director of the movie The Hiding Place came to talk with our classes. 86-year-old Bill Brown brought his daughter in-law with him. Billy Brown brought Corrie ten Boom to the classroom through the smile on his face when he talked about her. It was like she was a speechless angel hovering over him, telling her story through him. It is truly amazing to have the person who told her story through a movie tell it to your face in real time 47 years later. This book and movie have made such a strong imprint in my life, that I encouraged my mom to read this book.
Yesterday the 6th grade class of St.Anthony's School took a learning journey to our school. The class of 2020 includes over 25 students. Mrs. Holady, the 6th grade teacher, was accompanied by the father of one of the children. When the students arrived at nine o'clock, they joined us for music class. After music class they had fun at recess by playing on the tire swing. Once we finished recess, we explained the Hawaiian Star Compass to the 6th graders out in the courtyard. Later we discussed the extraordinary importance of the Hokule'a, an ancient Hawaiian voyaging vessel. It was a great feeling to know that the St.Anthony's 6th graders enjoyed this trip. I am glad we had the opportunity to share our love for the Hokule'a with others.
On November 7 at 4:40 am, I was awakened by a high-pitched sound coming from my phone. Being half-awake, I was wondering why it had gone off, but then I remembered the learning journey to Oahu that day. Between 4:40 and 4:50 am, I smacked my phone onto snooze mode twice.
The next thing I knew, I was arriving at my classmate's house in a grumpy mood. I wanted to curl up in a ball while snuggling my pillow until I fell back asleep. All I wanted to do was awaken to the sun and not the darkness of the morning. By 5:30 am, the boys had all piled into Mrs. Hill's ruby-red Volvo. At 6:25 we all unloaded from the car and made our way to check-in, then to TSA. We waited an hour in the airport for our flight. When we arrived in Honolulu we were greeted by the sixth-grade teacher of Holy Nativity School. She picked us up in a U-haul van she had rented. The next thing I knew, we were at her lovely school.
We presented our curriculum for about three hours before leaving on a tour of her lovely island. We saw many beautiful sights. After sight-seeing, she took us back to the airport. On the flight back, I slept the entire time. Even though we could have presented some of the material over Skype, I am glad I had this experience.
Frequently I think about sailing and would look forward to the next lesson, but now I can only look back on sailing instead of looking ahead. So this last Thursday we arrived at the Lahaina Yacht Club ready to have an extraordinary time. Thankfully we were able to hop on in the water and make our way out past the reef. It was only my second time out past the reef, but it was also our teacher's first time on a Laser. She lost her bearing after the current took her bow first into a catamaran. During that time we were racing. Ian was disappointed that I was in last place during two of the races. The comeback was real!! During the last race JP was being sassy so we got him stuck on the boat. After lunch we did anything we wanted to do. Instead of playing with my friends I chose to sail out far with Ian. He gained a lot of ground past me, due to him having a bigger boat and sail. He was showing me how to sit properly to keep the boat flat. After coming closer in we caught some good waves. It was sad to leave the Yacht Club after saying bye and thank you. It was also a great ending to something great.
"Taken By Wonder," designed and built by 28 year old architectural artist, Wes Bruce. "Taken By Wonder," is currently displayed at the Maui Art Cultural Center or M.A.C.C, until its deconstruction scheduled for Nov 2, 2013. Taken By Wonder's name does not truly explain the mystery in architecture behind this mismatched museum exhibit. When I first walked into this exhibit I was expecting to want to leave instantly, but as soon David found a cargo net to climb, this placed turned into an education playground. This exhibit showed me that the traditional way won't always be the same. I am sad to see this exhibit go, but I am glad I had the privilege to experience it.
Last Thursday we had no school due to Parent/Student/Teacher conferences, but fortunately we still had sailing. The wind was always shifting, turning us into floating buoys. After lunch, a fresh zephyr overtook the doldrum-like conditions. I had fun racing with my classmate David, but I would flip whenever I tacked or jibed. I can't wait for the next day of sailing!