San Francisco G-Term: Preparations

Jasmine '17 and Ke‘ala '18

January 3, 2017

Before heading to San Francisco, the Hōkūleʻa G-Term ‘ohana had three days of preparation at Punahou to put together and polish our presentation. During this time, we worked on three different hula, including the 175th Anniversary Hula, Kapunahou, as well as Oli Punahou. We also rehearsed the speaking portions of our presentation. This process challenged us to step out of our comfort zones, whether that meant getting used to speaking with confidence or learning how to dance a hula.

It has been really great to see the ways in which we have each grown in these three short days. We hope that what we are going to share with the audience at Castilleja School and the Punahou alumni event will stick with them and prompt them to think about the important message that the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage carries.

The highlight of our preparation days was having the opportunity to meet Nainoa Thompson ‘72, the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the first Hawaiian in hundreds of years to sail according to the ancient Polynesian practice of wayfinding. He shared with us his knowledge about the Hōkūleʻa. The sincere and raw stories and thoughts that Uncle Nainoa shared touched each one of us. The relationship that we, as a group, share with Hōkūleʻa became more personal. This deeper connection allows us to practice empathy, our G-Term aim.

Honestly, these past few days of prep have been worthwhile, and we are excited for what is in store as we embark on our huakaʻi, journey, tomorrow.