About two months ago, Ms. Enriquez proposed that we would come back to O'o Farms for her birthday. That idea lingered through our minds and we made it happen to a reality. She had a week filled with tiny gifts leading to the biggest, being able to go to O'o Farms. We were grateful enough to go on this natural experience again. Before Ms. Enriquez arrived, we decorated the farm with balloons, streamers, and signs. Mrs. Easler was so thoughtful for providing us a variety of embellishments. As usual, we harvested the crops and brought it to the table. We had the delectable, handmade pizzas for dinner. To end the night, we gathered around the fire munching on s'mores. I expected the weather to be chillier than our previous visit but it turned out to be warmer. The dark sky expanded before our eyes. It was time to rest. I had a pleasant time and enjoyed sleeping on the comfortable bed.. I remember last time I slept on the floor. We all rose up at 6:30 am, excited for the day. We walked down to the eating area and cleaned up our mess from last night. I sneaked a few marshmallows in my mouth before eating the delicious breakfast. Mrs. Macedo (Summer's Mom) cooked one the best eggs and bacon I ever tasted! Before leaving the farm, our class had time to run around and play in the very great area. It was time to pack our bags and leave. I had a spectacular time as usual.
Have you ever gone back in time to the masses in Latin? The 8th grade class was invited by Canon Moreau (a position higher than a Monsignor) to a Latin Mass. The mass was distinct, very different from regular masses. This type of mass has been practiced for about 1600 years. To think how old this mass is, I felt that we were traveling back in time. Before the mass started, Canon Moreau gave us a little background explaining the features of mass. He asked us several questions, one would be, "What language would you speak in heaven?" I was struck by this question thinking the answer would be from my intellectual side of my brain. I realized the question could only be answered using my heart and faith. I enjoyed the mass very much. I devoted my listening to the way pronounced the words. After the mass, he came to the classroom and asked if we had any questions or comments about the mass. I appreciated the time he came to the class. His visit educated me about the traditional ways of mass.
A normal school day to the 8th grade class would involve another school to visit our class. You might be thinking, "Well how is this normal?" It has become a daily routine for the students to be the teachers. The 6th grade class from St. Anthony indulged into an experience that was different from what they are learning. First, we invited the students to enter the room. Our website was already set up on the projector so we directly spoke about the website and how it came about. We had to throwback to grade 7 and how our big ideas for the revolution of education began. After switching classes with the 7th grade, we brought the students outside onto the courtyard and presented Nainoa's star compass. The day went by quickly, we had already created peace flags and presented the World Wide Voyage sail plan, what now? One comment from the students that stood out to me the most was that it takes a long time to get to one place to another. That had a connection to not only the Hokule'a but to us. It took us a long time to get our education to become "revolutionized."
The hardest part of this trip was waking up at five in the morning, the rest was easy and intriguing from there. Most of the students from my class and I traveled to Oahu to visit Holy Nativity School last week Thrusday. The purpose of going there was to 'lokomaka'i' or 'to share with each other' the knowledge of the Hokule'a and our revolutionized curriculum.. We were greeted at the Honolulu Airport by this enthusiastic and friendly character, Ms. Ogata. After meeting Ms. Ogata, we were introduced to Ms. Overton who also has common qualities like Ms. Ogata. We entered the small yet comfortable room greeting the students as we tread in. From there, we started our presentation with a little background information about the A'o program from what was taught by Ms. Enriquez. We opened up our website and showed our blogs. I could see the students were captivated with the glow in their eyes. During recess, we prepared for an interactive activity to show the students the star compass. Determining the directions of north, east, south, and west took us quite some time to figure out but eventually we attained a refined product of a large star compass on the courtyard. The students came out with clueless looks, not knowing what the star compass was. The demonstration consisted of knowing which direction to take if our canoe was sailing to Alaska and what kind of obstacles might be encountered. After that, we went inside the classroom to view my O'o Farms video. Deep inside, I was extremely pleased after the loud applause for my creation. Next, the students led us outside to their garden and compost pile - a way they practice Malama Honua. At the ending part of the day, we expressed our gratitude statements and presented our gifts. I was touched to see tears in Ms. Ogata's eyes and crackles in Ms. Overton's voice. I could feel the vitality of their appreciation and joy across the room. I was thankful to know that there was another school with an interest in the 'revolution.'