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.