Teacher Trip Log

The Mālama Kumu program forms part of Punahou’s ongoing commitment to supporting the educational mission of the Worldwide Voyage and the values it promotes, including mālama honua (to care for the earth). In the fall of 2014, five faculty traveled to American and Western Samoa as the first Mālama Kumu crew. Since then, Punahou teachers have spent time in Aotearoa, Australia, South Africa and on the East Coast. Faculty have joined the Hokule'a crew on two legs and a student group travelled to San Francisco for a G-Term class. Follow their journeys through this blog, transmitted by members of the Mālama Kumu crew while on location.

San Francisco: G-Term, January 2017

Eight students signed up to participate in the G-Term course, Hōkūle'a Educational Outreach to San Francisco, with faculty members, Emma McGuire '93, Academy Hawaiian Language faculty, and Malia Ane '72, director of Hawaiian Studies. While the Hōkūle'a will not sail to the West Coast, this opportunity allows the group to share the message of Mālama Honua with school and alumni groups in the Bay area.

Leg 26: Miami to Panama, December 2016 - January 2017

Punahou faculty member, Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau '05, joined the crew of leg 26, who will be taking Hokule'a on the journey from Miami, Florida to Panama, re-entering the Pacific Ocean. The crew journeyed to Miami to begin their work on December 14, 2016.

New England, July 2016

From July 2 - 10, a group of kumu traveled through New England, making connections to the earliest beginnings of Punahou's history and ultimately meeting up with Hokule'a when it arrived in Boston. Kumu on this trip included:

  • Jason Abdul '96, Information Technology Staff
  • Malia Ane '72, K – 12 Hawaiian Studies director and lead coordinator of the Mālama Kumu program
  • Emma McGuire '93, Academy Hawaiian Language Faculty
  • Lauren Buck Medeiros, Chaplain
  • Dita Ramler '70, Bishop Learning Center Librarian 


Washington DC, May 2016

On May 12, 2016, the next Malama Kumu group left for Washington DC, where they will join in events welcoming Hokule'a to the area, visit schools and participate in Wa'a Talks and Google Hangouts. They return to O'ahu on May 20. The team is comprised of:

  • Ke'ala '18, Student
  • Andrea Bender, Academy Mathematics Faculty
  • Cherie '17, Student
  • Melissa Lian, Academy Mathematics Faculty
  • Kylee Mar, Archivist and Assistant Director of PUEO Programs

Leg 19: Florida to Virginia, April - May 2016

The Worldwide Voyage reached the East Coast of the United States in March, 2016. Two faculty traveled to Florida to join the wa'a crew for leg 19 of the voyage. They were able to participate in special events in Titusville and at the Kennedy Space Center, where the Polynesian Voyaging Society honored the late astronaut Lacy Veach '62. Crew members are:

  • Starr Johnson '98, Academy Social Studies faculty
  • Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau '05, Junior School PE and Outdoor Education faculty 

Cape Town, South Africa, November 2015

Six Punahou faculty travel as part of a large delegation from Hawai'i to South Africa in November 2015 to meet up with the voyaging canoe Hokule'a.  South Africa is close to Hawai'i’s antipode, the spot on earth exactly opposite to the Hawaiian Islands. Hokule'a’s stop in South Africa represents the halfway mark of the Worldwide Voyage.

Faculty will participate in various ceremonies, including one honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and visit schools during their eight-day stay. The following faculty joined this venture:

  • Malia Ane ‘72, K – 12 Hawaiian Studies director and lead coordinator of the Mālama Kumu program
  • Anna Liem ‘93, Academy Science Department Head
  • Kylee Mar, Archivist and Assistant Director of PUEO Programs
  • Matt Martinson ‘79, PE Faculty
  • Lauren Buck Medeiros, Chaplain
  • Chai Reddy, Director of Wo International Center

Australia, June 2015

During the summer of 2015, two Punahou faculty traveled to Australia as the newest Mālama Kumu crew. Heather Taylor ’92, a Junior School drama teacher, and K –12 Hawaiian Studies Director Malia Ane ’72 arrived in Townsville just in time for Hokule‘a’s arrival into the port city in June. In Australia, they toured schools, gave informational sessions to teach students about Hawai‘i and how to malama honua, and they intersected with Hokule‘a crew, including Junior School PE teacher Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau ’05.

Aotearoa (New Zealand), March - April 2015

In the spring of 2015, eight Punahou teachers spent two weeks in Aotearoa (Maori name for New Zealand), interacting with students and teachers at local schools, sharing the culture of Hawai‘i abroad and learning about Maori traditions. This incarnation of the Mālama Kumu crew was comprised of the following K – 12 Punahou teachers:

  • Malia Ane ’72, K – 12 Hawaiian Studies director and lead coordinator of the Mālama Kumu program
  • Nicholas DeBoer, grade 6 teacher
  • Rianne Graves ’93 Grantham, grade 6 teacher
  • Eliza Leineweber ’92 Lathrop, Academy English and K – 12 garden resource teacher
  • Marion Lyman ’70 Mersereau, grade 8 social studies teacher
  • Hugh Mosher, Junior School art teacher
  • Kealohi Reppun ’99, grade 7 social studies teacher
  • Terry Yamamoto-Edwards, assistant director of Luke Center for Public Service and Academy science teacher

Western and American Samoa, August 2014

Five Punahou faculty traveled to the remote islands of Western and American Samoa in late August of 2014 in conjunction with the Worldwide Voyage, following the path of the Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokule‘a and Hikianalia. The Mālama Kumu donated materials and visited schools in both Western and American Samoa, while also intersecting with educators and navigators from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The following faculty traveled on this leg of the Mālama Kumu voyages:

  • Malia Ane ‘72, K – 12 Hawaiian Studies director and lead coordinator of the Mālama Kumu program
  • Myra Fa‘atea, Kindergarten assistant teacher
  • Daniel Gaudiano, Academy science teacher
  • Gail Peiterson, Academy science teacher in the Gates Family Science Workshop
  • David Strang, Academy science teacher
  • San Francisco G-Term: Alumni Gathering

    Noah '17
    January 6, 2017

    Our arrival at the Bay Club, a luxury fitness and lifestyle center, marked our final performance of the trip. Surprisingly, this unlikely location brought out our most exuberant audience thus far ...

  • San Francisco G-Term: Exploratorium

    Brayden '19
    January 6, 2017

    Today we went to the Exploratorium museum, which was about a thirty minute walk from our hotel. We were allowed to wake up a little later in the morning due to the fact that we had nothing early.

  • San Francisco G-Term: Crossing the Creek

    Dillyn ‘20 and Hailey ‘18
    January 5, 2017

    San Domenico is a k-12 school, very similar to Punahou. We drove through a portion of their beautiful 500-acre campus to the garden. It has been worked on for over 15 years to its glory today.

  • San Francisco G-Term: School Visits

    Kiani ‘20 and Makana ‘19
    January 4, 2017

    Today was our first full day in California. We left San Francisco early in the morning and headed to Palo Alto. There we visited the indigenous program at Stanford University and later shared ...

  • 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 ...

  • Kumu Crew: Miami

    Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau
    December 15, 2016

    The voyage to Panama has begun, but we have not left the dock here in the City of Miami. Hulls are emptied and inventoried, supplies are checked and double checked, all details must be attended to so safety and success is certain.

  • Among the luggage: Four giant paddles to help stop and steer the canoe!

    Kumu Crew: Leg 26

    Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau
    December 14, 2016

    Leg 26 crew touched down in Miami safely today. With luggage and canoe supplies carted, carried, walked, shuttled and dropped through check-ins and check-outs, the sleepless, red-eyed blur of airports and aircrafts is over.

  • E ala ē

    July 10, 2016

    E ala ē Awaken/Arise

    Ka lā i ka hikina The sun in the east

    I ka moana From the ocean

    Ka moana hohonu The ocean deep

    Pi’i i ka lewa Climbing to heaven

    Ka lewa nu’u The heaven highest

    I kahikina In the east

    Aia ka lā. There is the sun

    E ala ē! Awaken!

    Our day began before dawn

  • Tracing Early Beginnings

    July 7, 2016

    This morning, our group took a short walk to Park Street Church which sits at the center of Boston. The church was founded in 1809 and it was here in 1819 that the plans were laid for the Sandwich Islands mission.

  • An Active Museum

    July 7, 2016

    Today we visited another treasure in the heart of Andover, Connecticut. We were about to tour the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Philips Academy, Andover and were we in for a surprise.

  • Connecting at Yale Archives

    July 5, 2016

    It’s all about connections – so amazing. We had the honor of visiting the Yale Manuscripts and Archives in the University Sterling Memorial Library. We thought we were walking into a cathedral.

  • Fourth of July in New Haven

    July 4, 2016

    History came alive today – a day of celebration and learning. Early in the day we walked to the Grove Street Cemetery where Hiram, Sybil and Naomi Bingham are buried. Then, a parade and storytelling ...

  • Hopkins School Adventure

    July 3, 2016

    After a beautiful morning, we drove to New Haven to visit Hopkins School. Hopkins is an independent school, founded in 1660, serving students grades 7 – 12. The population of the school impressed us.

  • Hōʻailona and Ōpūkahaʻia

    July 3, 2016

    When your eyes, ears and, especially, your heart and soul are open to the gifts that come at special moments, they come complete with hōʻailona– mysterious and inspiring messages.

  • Heading East

    July 2, 2016

    After months of planning and preparation, the big day had finally arrived for our kumu trip to the East Coast. We departed for JFK – flying over the vast Pacific Ocean, the mainland United States, and a beautiful new site.

  • Greeting Hōkūle'a in New Jersey

    June 20, 2016

    Dr. Jim Scott '70, president of Punahou, had the opportunity to visit Hōkūle'a at the Newport Yacht Club and Marina in Jersey City. He met with Nainoa Thompson '72 and offers his reflection here.

  • Malama Kumu: Leaving DC

    May 20, 2016

    After a busy week, Friday marked the day of our departure. We also bid farewell to Kylee who was going on to New York. During our time in the airports and on the flights, we had a chance to reflect on our experiences. Highlights included:

  • Malama Kumu: DC

    May 19, 2016

    We spent today at Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA. Dan Hale ‘81 invited us to speak at two of his anthropology classes, where we did a number of activities. First, we greeted the students with the Punahou Chant and A Honua ...

  • Malama Kumu: DC

    May 18, 2016

    We started off the day at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. The 60 students present at the session were given a basic breakdown of the whole idea of malama honua. We were accompanied by the ...

  • Malama Kumu: DC

    May 16, 2016

    The day began with a quick drive, being whisked to Georgetown University for a brief informational presentation before returning to prepare for Wa'a Talks and an educational day, broadening our understanding ...

  • Malama Kumu: DC

    May 15, 2016

    Today was our second full day in Washington, DC – the day of the main public welcome ceremony for Hōkūle'a in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. It is a place very rich in history as it was home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee ...

  • Malama Kumu: DC

    May 14, 2016

    Today, we set off in an Uber, excited to go see Hōkūleʻa. We practiced the protocol ʻoli on the way to the park, which left our driver slightly taken aback. When we arrived in Piscataway Park, I was immediately charmed by the beauty ...

  • Malama Kumu Going to DC

    May 13, 2016

    Two Academy math teachers, Andrea Bender and Melissa Lian; Kylee Mar, Punahou's archivist; and two students departed for Washington, DC to connect to Hōkūle'a and continue the Malama Kumu mission. ...

  • Kumu Crew: Heading Home

    May 7, 2016

    The new crew has arrived. The transition period is filled with mixed feelings. I will miss this crew and the days and nights we shared aboard Hokule‘a on leg 19. I climb out of my cold bunk for the last time at 3:30 a.m. ...

  • Kumu Crew: History Tour

    May 5, 2016

    This feels like a thin place to me. People have lived and people have died here. Our accommodation looks into the belly of the mighty Chesapeake Bay where the York River empties and fills faster than we could ever swim ...

  • Kumu Crew: Outreach

    May 4, 2016

    Yesterday we had a busy day doing outreach. Our morning started in a small Episcopal Church meeting hall with the Rotary Club, sharing about our voyage. They were keenly interested in both Hōkūle'a and what we have learned ...

  • Kumu Crew: In the River!

    May 2, 2016

    We met a crew from the American Canoe Association for a day paddling down the mighty Rappahannock River. Our hosts were part of a major restoration project of removing a dam from the river. Their passion for the health ...

  • Kumu Crew: Rappahannock River

    May 2, 2016

    Today was another adventure on the water, this time on the Rappahannock River, VA. The town is special because President Washington was from here. This river is special ...

  • Kumu Crew: Canoe Tours Day

    May 1, 2016

    "Aloha!" Today was a day where we said it and felt it a lot. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. we had a steady stream of visitors during Yorktown's big day of "canoe tours." We set up an outreach tent ...

  • Kumu Crew: Pamunky and Mattaponi

    April 30, 2016

    Our plans today take us to meet people who cared deeply for the land and water of this place. Long before tall ships and longboats filled these waterways, the great chief Powhatan's people ...

  • Kumu Crew: The Civil War

    April 30, 2016

    I have always wished for a time machine, and today was a day I am happy to be a runner because I took a run back in time! After waking up I ran up the hill and came across a Civil War scene! A campsite with fires burning and ...

  • Kumu Crew: Mariner's Museum

    April 29, 2016

    Today we got to spend the entire day at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News. I have been to a handful of maritime museums in my life, and this was my favorite! It was incredibly well done ...

  • Kumu Crew: Outreach in Newport News

    April 28, 2016

    Today was a particularly busy day engaging with the community of Newport News, Virginia. Kaniela and I worked with three other crew members who served on an education and outreach group ...

  • Kumu Crew: Experiencing Yorktown

    April 27, 2016

    Chipping away at our crew duties as more outreach days approach along with the next crew. We must make the canoe ready. The weather has been warm, making it easy to explore this beautiful, historic town.

  • Kumu Crew: Happy Birthday!

    April 25, 2016

    Today we celebrated Kaniela's birthday! With silk lei on his neck we began a full day's work on Hokule‘a. We started the day by taking down the boom and spar and untying the sails to put away ...

  • Kumu Crew: Yorktown Arrival

    April 24, 2016

    Today was our last day on the water moving Māmā Hōkūle‘a north. As we approached Yorktown we opened our sails and felt the welcome! The sun was shining, a boat flying the Hawaiian flag ...

  • Kumu Crew: Chesapeake Bay

    April 23, 2016

    "Mannn that's a purrty boat." A man and his wife come down to our dock as we are preparing to rest. This guy builds naval submarines for a living and he's standing there telling Hokule'a she's purrtty! ...

  • Kumu Crew: On To Virginia

    April 22, 2016

    We have left the quaint Coinjock Marina, our last resting place in North Carolina, to continue north into the large ports of Virginia. On the way, we befriended Captain Daniel and his crew on their tug and barge, as we overtook each other ...

  • Kumu Crew: Road Trip

    April 21, 2016

    The past two days I've been on road duty (everyone gets two or three days) coordinating safe marinas to stop at, grocery shopping and finding any other items we need for Hokule‘a. The houses are smaller ...

  • Kumu Crew: Google Hangout

    April 21, 2016

    Seventh-graders in Team 7W had the opportunity to "meet up" with the Kumu Crew via Google Hangout. Great questions and informative answers.
    Watch it here.

  • Kumu Crew: Look at this!

    April 20, 2016

    At first glance, I thought we spotted Bubba Gump's "Jenny"! Turns out it is "Jane Carolyn."

    We waved as we passed by!

  • Kumu Crew: Uncle Bruce

    April 19, 2016

    Today was not a particularly eventful day, so I took time to absorb and listen to the people and nature around. As we were underway I also cherished the opportunity to spend quality time with a living legend ...

  • Kumu Crew: Wacca Wache

    April 18, 2016

    Yesterday we pulled into tiny Wacca Wache Marina in South Carolina at sunset on glassy waters flanked by old growth trees dressed in Spanish moss. We prepared for night watch to fix the lines with the changing tides....

  • Kumu Crew: Moving On

    April 17, 2016

    Departed Charleston at dawn after an exhausting, fulfilling three days of canoe tours and community outreach. Not a cloud in the sky as we make our way at a good pace of 7 knots to northern South Carolina. The waterway is narrow ...

  • Kumu Crew: Students in SC

    April 16, 2016

    For the past two days we have been connecting with the Charleston community in South Carolina. We visited a charter school with a focus on sustainability whose school motto is "Where learning comes naturally!" ...

  • Kumu Crew: A Grateful Arrival

    April 14, 2016

    We are currently in Charleston, SC, and feeling blessed for making it safely to the dock and being welcomed by the native tribes of the region as well as the paddling and surfing community here ...

  • Kumu Crew: Savannah to South Carolina

    April 13, 2016

    Serendipitous turn of events in Savannah, Georgia. Punahou legend Tim Lucas showed up on the dock. Just happened to be traveling through and had no idea Hokule‘a was coming!! ...

  • Kumu Crew at Fort McCallister

    April 11, 2016

    Beautiful day making our way from Brunswick to Fort McCallister. Sights of industrial pollution and nuclear energy wash to flat marshland as far as the eye can see. We made a last minute call ...

  • Kumu Crew: Into Georgia

    April 10, 2016

    We left St. Augustine, Florida at 6 a.m. this morning and after about two hours we passed an old Civil War fort crossing state lines into Georgia. As we head further north, the temperature continues to drop, the wind has picked up ...

  • Kumu Crew: Intracoastal Waterway

    April 9, 2016

    Lying on the navigation platform under a clear sky in a calm harbor I reflect upon an exciting day on the Intracoastal Waterway. Hokule‘a and Hikianalia smile down at the wa'a here in St. Augustine, FL ...

  • Kumu Crew in Florida

    April 8, 2016

    As we leave Titusville, we reflect on an incredible two days. Yesterday started at 6 a.m. to ready the canoe and say farewell to the many people who came out to aloha the crew, wa‘a and mission of Malama Honua ...

  • Kumu Crew Honoring Lacy Veach '62

    April 6, 2016

    We wake early and make our way to Hokule'a to honor the late Colonel Lacy Veach, a Punahou alumnus from the Class of 1962, and his family today. My thoughts drift into space as inspiring words ...

  • Kumu Crew to East Coast

    April 5, 2016

    We have arrived in Orlando! We had a long 10-hour flight to JFK but met a wonderful Punahou parent flight attendant who connected us to the in-flight movies, which made for seemingly shorter trip. When we arrived in JFK ...

  • Kumu Crew to East Coast

    April 4, 2016

    Punahou faculty Starr Johnson ’98, Academy Social Studies faculty, and Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau ’05, Junior School PE and Outdoor Edcuation faculty, were selected as crew members on the 19th leg of Hokule‘a’s Worldwide Voyage, from Florida to Virginia.

  • The collaboration of Hawaiʻiʻs private and public schools brought together educators to lead and facilitate Mālama Honua lessons for Waʻa Talks in Cape Town.  (con.)

    Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 21, 2015

    Waʻa Talks, a collaborative effort of Hawaiʻi teachers, inspired and motivated by Hōkūlea and the Worldwide Voyage culminated its fall 2015 schedule in Cape Town, South Africa. Two Oceans Aquarium was the host of Waʻa Talks: Cape Town on Saturday, November 21.

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 20, 2015

    Today we ventured out to see southwestern South Africa. Our day of exploring, observing, learning and laughing was guided by our gracious, friendly and very knowledgeable hosts Ed and Heather Scott.

  • Nov. 13: Lauren on the earphones at the doc near Hōkūle'a preparing for our first of 4 Google hangouts with our students back at home.

    Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 21, 2015

    This is to honor the kumu who have spent so much time in preparing for this trip while still at Punahou, and how truly amazing they have been here in South Africa.

  • Penguins!

    Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 20, 2015

    Cape Town is a city of contrasts. From majestic Table Mountain to the frigid waters of the Atlantic AND Indian oceans. (uhhh... Penguins hang out here, so you know it's colder than our beaches!)

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 19, 2015

    A reflection on the arrival in Cape Town and understanding the true mission of the voyage.
    We arrived at the pier this clear, crisp South African morning. Hōkūle'a resting peacefully on the green harbor water, her sails folded, inconspicuous and away from the busy pedestrian traffic above on deck and protected from the wakes of vessels entering and exiting the harbor.

  • Nainoa's first priority was to promote community. Punahou, Kamehameha, I'olani and 'Oiwi gather with the Hokule'a crew and hear their stories. A powerful and intimate gathering.

    Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 18, 2015

    "A picture is worth a thousand words."

    For this blog post, each kumu chose one (or more!) pictures captured from our devices (iPad, iPhone, DSLR camera, etc.) and submitted a caption. Enjoy!

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 17, 2015

    The six Punahou kumu had the opportunity to take in a safari at Faerie Glen Nature Preserve. It was up close and personal with buffalo, elephants, rhinos, springboks and zebras.

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 16, 2015

    A common question, from those in Hawai‘i and across the rest of the world, is why Punahou sends teachers to different places across the world to intersect with the Hōkūle'a?

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 14, 2015

    There is a certain buzz in the air as the dancers, chanters and speakers from Kamehameha Schools and Halau Ku Mana run through their final preparations for their part in the Ceremony of Peace and Friendship here in the magnificent city of Cape Town.

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 13, 2015

    When you have the chance to visit Hōkūleʻa literally half way around the world from Hawai'i, why wait until you get back to share the experience? On November 13, Chaplain Lauren Buck Medeiros joined the second- and third-grade chapel virtually from dockside next to the Hōkūleʻa.

  • Mālama Kumu in South Africa

    November 12, 2015

    There's something mysterious, exciting and powerful about Hawai'i's connection to Hōkūle'a - even when she's the farthest away that she can possibly be. Of course the six kumu representing Punahou have been immersed in the sail, especially in these last days of preparation: learning chants, planning contributions to the educational mission of Mālama Honua, even the mundane parts of sharing packing tips.

  • Mālama Kumu in Australia

    June 18, 2015

    During a visit to Gordonvale State School, another reef guardian school, they met up with educators from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, including Junior School PE teacher Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau ’05. Four of the Gordonvale students shared with the Hokule'a educators what their school is doing to malama honua. "Kaniela was great with the kids!" said Heather.

  • Mālama Kumu in Australia

    June 16, 2015

    The Malama Kumu crew paid a visit to the Mossman State School, which has a large indigenous population. "The kids, teachers and principal were incredible," said Heather. "They loved learning about Hokule'a, Hawai‘i, and how we are connected."

  • Mālama Kumu in Australia

    June 15, 2015

    The Malama Kumu visited the Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest rainforest in the world. They also toured Cape Tribulation, a beach where two world heritage sites meet: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. "We have noticed a lot of similar plants, which, even though we are across an ocean, makes us feel at home," said Heather.

  • Mālama Kumu in Australia

    June 12, 2015

    Heather and Malia contributed to a community outreach session at the Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville. Pam Omidyar, wife of Punahou Trustee Pierre Omidyar '84, was also present at the event and helped get the science experiments ready.

  • Mālama Kumu in Australia

    June 11, 2015

    Upon arriving in Townsville, Australia, Heather and Malia met up with Junior School PE teacher Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau ’05, who will be sailing with Hokule‘a on another leg of the trip this summer. He showed Heather and Malia around Hokule‘a and taught them about sailing. Kaniela is seen strumming a guitar that belonged to the late Ka‘au McKenney, a former Punahou teacher and renowned navigator. His guitar “goes on every journey,” Heather explained. “Hokule‘a has brought rain everywhere they've sailed – this is usually Australia's dry season, but their summer was dry, so the rain is a blessing. Awesome experiences so far.”

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    April 3, 2015

    The Malama Kumu crew stopped by a carving school in Otaki on their way down from Palmerston North to Wellington. When they reached their destination, they met the “Bee Lady” at the Wellington Botanical Garden.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    April 2, 2015

    The Malama Kumu crew took a group photo down by the waterfront before dinner. “We were freezing!”

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    April 1, 2015

    Morning found the Malama Kumu in Mana Tamariki, a flagship Maori immersion school in Palmerston North, Aotearoa. Some of the crew were moved to tears upon their departure because they were so inspired by the campus, classrooms, gardens and kumu there.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 31, 2015

    Rianne taught a Hawaiian song, “Nani ke au nei,” using traditional instruments to the students at Hata Paora, a Catholic boys boarding school. Some of the students from Hata Paora had visited Punahou in October of 2014, so they were very excited to host Punahou teachers at their school this year.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 30, 2015

    Today the Malama Kumu crew visited St. Peter’s School a co-ed day and boarding secondary school in Cambridge, New Zealand. “I was in heaven!” Eliza says. She reported that they had an agriculture and gardening classroom in the middle of campus, an amazing arts program that included wood, metal and textile, and fantastic athletic facilities and teaching programs.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 29, 2015

    On Sunday, the Malama Kumu crew took advantage of the weekend to visit the sites in Otorohanga, an inland region on the western side of the North Island of Aotearoa.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 28, 2015

    Nick and Marion interviewed their hosts Auntie Kate and Auntie Recenia, part of Kealohi’s hanai family, in the Waipoua Forest of Aotearoa. They shared their knowledge of Tane Mahuta, a giant kauri tree that is believed to be about 2,000 years old.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 27, 2015

    The Malama Kumu crew traveled to Waitangi in nearby northern Aotearoa to visit waka (canoes) built by the legendary Hector Busby. Kealohi shared hongi, a traditional Maori greeting that involves simultaneously pressing together the nose and forehead as a friendly exchange, with figure on the waka.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 26, 2015

    On Thursday, the Malama Kumu crew visited Hector Busby’s place in Tokerau, in northern Aotearoa.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 25, 2015

    The Mālama Kumu visited “Te Wharekura O Te Rawhitiroa,” the only Maori immersion school in Whangarei. There, they shared mele and hula with the students, where Rianne wowed them with her graceful dance. “It was beautiful,” Terry added.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 24, 2015

    The Mālama Kumu visited a local Maori radio station in Whangarei, Aotearoa. Kealohi was interviewed in both English and ‘olelo Hawai‘i about the value of mālama honua. Then, the crew sang “‘Oe e Ka La” on-air together.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 23, 2015

    Hokule‘a and Hikianalia’s celebration in Point England, which was planned for Monday, was postponed due to heavy rain, but the Malama Kumu crew got to visit the ancient voyaging canoes while they were docked at Panmure Warf in Auckland.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 22, 2015

    The Mālama Kumu met local farm owner Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, who hosted them for an afternoon of making compost, fresh lunch from the garden and bee hive checks. The also visited Mahurangi Regional Park, where they collected limu for compost, and found a few shells along the way. “We felt right at home,” Eliza commented.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 21, 2015

    The crew arrived safely in northern Aotearoa and spent time familiarizing themselves with Auckland, the largest city in the country. First, they toured the sky tower and then a rain forest on a mauka to makai tour, when they also visited Muriwai Beach.

  • Mālama Kumu in Aotearoa

    March 20, 2015

    Mālama Kumu departed from Honolulu, Hawai‘i, and head to Aotearoa to spend nearly two weeks intersecting with the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokule‘a and Hikianalia.

  • Mālama Kumu in Samoa

    August 20, 2014

    The Mālama Kumu crew visited Pacific Horizons School and Samoa Baptist Academy. They also participated in a PVS-run ocean science fair. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the Island’s political, educational and environmental context, the group met with district leadership, including the lieutenant governor and the director of the Department of Education of American Samoa, as well as Tim Clark ’87, a marine biologist with the National Park Service.