What a 'wonderous' field trip we had yesterday. Taken By Wonder is an art exhibit that seeks in-depth interaction, engages in obeservation, and requires initiative perception. This exhibit was created by Wes Bruce, a mastermind in making forts. You walk into the room and see wooden planks shaped into a fort. How on earth is this an art exhibit? I expected to see plain, old, boring pieces of art but I realized that art takes place in many different forms and sizes. I walked in the installation, thinking it would just be a structure with nothing inside. Never judge a book by its cover! I encountered a 'never ending house.' This structure was spectacular! The hidden rooms would surprise me with beautiful pieces of art on every corner. I listened to voices saying, "I want to build my house like this! I can't believe its going to be torn apart!" Can we bring it to school?" I was definitely 'taken by wonder.'
Our final day at the Lahaina Yacht Club, NOOOOO! Today, we managed to do something very distinct from what we usually do; we went far out to the large anchored boats. Curtis instructed us to go around the the trimarans and the catamarans. After what he thought was an adequate amount of practice, he called the race time. During the second race, the wind shifted, so I needed to adapt to the modification. The acceleration of the boat speed was pleasurable. We presented the burgees we created as our thank you cards after lunch. I could see volunteers' admiration in their faces. We were given the privilege to do whatever we wanted the last portion of the day. I sat in my Bic, laughing at how many purposeful capsizings there were due to "Pirate Attacks." I hopped onto Erin's Bic when we caught a wave and surfed in! Sadly, we had to end our experience at the Lahaina Yacht Club. I will continue to cherish the moments of my adventure sailing on the ocean.
Last week Thursday was the best day of sailing class, although the first portion was uninteresting. Ms. Enriquez was absent so Mr. Mason took her place. It was humorous watching Mr. Mason capsize right when he left the dock while there was no wind. It was a luminous and motionless day. I remember watching the flags barely move before we got into the water. I loved that it was calm because that lowered my chance of capsizing! The weather definitely alternated after lunch. As I looked out into the great blue landscape, these wondrous waves came at along with the feel of the wind. I knew it was going to be a good day with the sun shining and the wind blowing. I could feel the acceleration of the boat speed pass by me. Every time I tacked I felt like I was in a race car. I was so thankful I did not capsize. I know I learned from our previous experience of the frequent capsizing because I took Mike's advice in action. Every time I felt like I was going to capsize, I let go of the sail and the boat became balanced again. At the end, we were just surfing the waves. It was the best day of sailing. I have conquered my fear of sailing.
As two classes, the seventh and eighth grade ventured off in the 'aina of Honokowai Valley last week Friday. I recall experiencing choppy and rugged car rides driving into the valley. As we arrived on the ancient soil, I felt the elements of wind rush through my ear along with the alluring sound of the birds. Listening to Aunty Puanani chant the pule was such a powerful experience. Her voice was synthesizing with our surroundings, an example of a sense of place. It was our time to contribute to the gathering and call up the ancestors by chanting E Ho Mai. After that we walked down to the terrace of weeds. We had lots of work to be completed. We needed to pull out all the weeds and fortunately we finished on time. After we took our breaks and had our lunch, we brought our positive energy to plant new life to the 'aina. It was a strenuous and exhausting day but I am proud that I was given the opportunity to give back to the land.
It was our second expedition with the Lahaina Yacht Club. The sky was a little overcast, with peeks of sunshine coming through the clouds. I remember feeling a sudden rush of fear within me as I heard and felt the crashing waters that day. We were instructed by our leaders to set up the sails for the Bics, which is a type of sailboat. As we set foot in the water, I was very apprehensive because we were going to sail individually and the high tide fueled my fears of the ocean that day. When I made it comfortably into the sails, I initially felt confused. I didn't know what I was doing, but along the journey, Curtis was patiently coaching me when to pull in the sail and where to steer. I had uneasiness inside and felt really lonely because it was my first time sailing alone. Though at the same time, I knew I was conquering my fears of the ocean. Out of the depths, I cried inside for His help and guidance. I survived the half of the day! After lunch, I wanted to be paired with Erin because I felt reclusive after that lonesome experience. We were sailing so well and smoothly at the beginning until we capsized and over again causing the Sabit, which is another type of sailboat, to be filled with water. It was no use baling out the water while it was still in the ocean because the waves kept coming in. I am thankful for Mike and Curtis who were with us through the whole struggle and assisted us get back on track. The second capsize was inevitable, the big waves splashed into our boat. By the end of the day, Erin and I were fatigued of sailing for the day. Mike taught us that if that ever happens again, let out the sail because it loses the boat speed. This was an experience to remember and to learn from; Never pair two inexperienced sailors together.
Our blissful weekend started off in the crisp, cool weather in the slopes of Kula. We began our adventure, entertaining each other through active play. I observed a huge difference in the way we breathed in the upcountry area versus Lahaina where the air is much thicker. Walking uphill caused me to bog heavily while in Lahaina, I would breathe normally. After we played, we prepared for dinner and gathered around the fire like one big family. I felt a special, close, and peaceful connection between my classmates. We created our own pizzas and they were scrumptious! All the vegetables harvested directly out of the vast garden. After dinner, we gathered around the fire once more and then we headed to the yurts to retire for the night. It took us a while to settle in and keep silent because the whole class was in one yurt. My sleep was interrupted throughout the night because I was lying uncomfortably on the floor. I was awakened by Makana first, then secondly by Ms. Enriquez. Makana (Ms. Enriquez's dog) jumped all over me, she was a walkng alarm clock.. It was around six o'clock and the weather was very bleak, ranging from 40-50 degrees. We did our morning routine, brushed our teeth and changed our clothes. Our day started by walking down to where the fire was last night, and I observed the morning star as it rose above the mountains. This is an early morning beauty seen through my lenses. Capturing such magnificent sights gladden my heart. As I breathed the smoke of the fire, I felt so much warmth and my coldness left my body. We helped Louis, O'o farm owner, prepared breakfast., cracked the eggs, opened up the bacon packages, and cut the bread. After the prayer, we ate the exquisite breakfast Louis cooked for us. We had some time to play after the scrumtious breakfast. Louis took us out to the coffee trees and allowed us to taste the cherry red fruit. He lead us up to the greenhouse. We grabbed the shovels and placed the coffee seedlings in the tractor. We worked our way to the barren field of grass and planted the seedlings there. In five years, those seedlings will mature into trees as we mature into college. After we completed our task, Richard, the farm manager, took us outfor an activity. We were paired into groups and were given a sheet that had two specific insects. We had to calculate how many of the specific insects were in the area. We concluded that insects play an immense role on a plants' daily life and that there must a be a balance on how much insects are in a certain area. That concluded our learning journey at O'o Farms. It certainly increased my knowledge about organic plants. insects. and a sense of place.