And so we are invited to heed the kāhea (call) for us to be respectful of place, each other, and truly malama our `āina. It is the
`āi / na
(that which feeds us) that nourishes our body and restores our health. Waikalua is a place of rejuvenation to those who come for kau (respite), hana (work), and/ or mālama (to preserve) through cultural and conservation protocols specific to environment. Waikalua is not just a place, but it is `ike Kūpuna (the wisdom of our ancestors), that through our naʻau we intuitively renew our sense of place. While we’ve been without volunteers during the pandemic, we have still been fortunate to work at the pond on the weekends, on native limu cultivation, invasive mangrove removal, Kuapā (rock wall) restoration, and water remediation with native Hawaiian oysters.
As a result of the pandemic, we have incorporated virtual platforms to help us kāko`o (support) our ability to provide an asynchronous opportunity to educate our haumana (student) about the pond. It is the integration of cultural wisdom, fused with contemporary knowledge, which paves the way and allows us to bridge the gap for our keiki. June 20th, is in the time of Kāne or summer solstice; a season of hope, change, clarity, and progress.
As such, we anticipate hosting a
kahua kau wela (summer camp):
Na Maka o Ka I`a
. Forty haumana will be able to experience a truly `āina based learning platform. This community school experience will focus on kilo (observation using all senses), STEM, hydroponics, Pō Mahina (moon phases). This immersive blend of cultural-`āina based learning and contemporary empirical observation will hopefully contribute to seeding the future leaders of our Lāhui!
Mahalo e na `aumakua a me Kūpuna! E ola!
Rosalyn Dias Concepcion, Alaka'i Loko I'a (Fishpond) Manager