Last week, we embarked on our first sailing adventure together as one canoe. We arrived at Lahaina Yacht Club and were divided into three groups. From each group we learned about knot- tying, direction of wind, and the parts of the sailboat. I remember looking out into the ocean and envisioning what kind of experience we are going to go on. I was very nervous because I did not know anything to begin with. Before we splashed in the water, we were paired, one experienced and one inexperienced sailor. We carried the tiller, rudder, and daggerboard out into the water to connect it to the boat. As I climbed aboard, I felt the same spark I had when I stepped onto Hokule'a. At first I was terrible at steering but as the day went on, I became better and better with Nicole's help. I enjoyed that day very much. I was fortunate enough that at a young age, I was given the opportunity to sail. As I learn more about sailing, I hope to improve and develop my technique and have a confident attitude in the sea.
Yesterday the stars were born. The 8th grade class walked to Lahaina Sounds and recorded a song about whales, "Where in the World are the Whales," written by Steve Grimes. Steve Grimes wrote this song 35 years ago and finally got to record it. Lynn Peterson, the owner of Lahaina Sounds, was generous enough to let us record for an hour and a half. This was the most unique experience that I ever had. The feeling of being in a music studio and actually recording a song was incredible. After many takes, we finally finished. I cannot wait to listen to the outcome. What a great way to end my birthday at "school." Check Lahaina Sounds' website http://www.mauirecording.com/home.html
Today, Lemaina (Mrs. Ka'auwai's daughter) came to our classroom and did her senior project with us. She taught us about the ahupua'a and the plants growing there. Ms. Leimana taught us the various uses of the many plants. After the lesson, we created a ti-leaf haku/bracelet (I forgot the Hawaiian name for it.) Since we did not complete it, Leimana came in again and took us outside to do the project. I thought it was a creative task to do, especially when we were outside of the classroom.