Wa`a Connections

During the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, the waʻa kaulua Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia act as “floating classrooms” sharing indigenous knowledge, ocean connections and global lessons. Using 21st-century technology, students connect to the mission, values and objectives of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the values of voyaging to themselves, classrooms and communities. 

Canoe to Classroom Connections

These learner-directed sessions with crew members, as they travel around the world, provide students opportunities to “Ask the Crew a Question” via live Google Hangouts on Air (when weather and schedule permits) or via satellite phone. Students can see, listen and interact with the wa’a crew in real time, but perhaps more importantly, the video streams are archived to YouTube for future reference.

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Archive

October 28, 2014 - Between Tongatapu, Tonga and Ranghitahua (Kermadec Islands)

CREW
Miki Tomita

STUDENTS
Grade 2

SUMMARY
Second grade curriculum focuses on the theme of “islands.” The “Geckos and Sea Stars” are particularly interested in certain aspects of culture and information that explores how their families ended up in Hawaii.

Video

October 10, 2014 - Pago Pago, American Samoa

CREW
Miki Tomita and Bruce Blankenfeld

STUDENTS
Kindergarten, Grade 1

SUMMARY
Master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld and Educational Specialist Miki Tomita speak about preparations in Pago, Pago, American Samoa, and the anticipated journey of Hokule’a and Hikianalia to Tonga and Aotearoa (New Zealand.) Students begin with a quick mele (song) of Aloha and family greetings to the cherished voyaging family members followed by questions about food, winds and personal connections.

Video

October 3, 2014 - Punahou School

CREW
Miki Tomita

STUDENTS
Grade 3

Summary
Dr. Tomita visits with third-graders on campus before joining the crew, to discuss the main points of the voyage. She also reviews the conditions and situations the crew must be prepared for, and the type of clothing and gear they must pack.

Video

September - Between Olohega and American Samoa

CREW
Linda Furuto ’97

SUMMARY
A “Shout Out” from wa’a Hikianalia and Educational Specialist Linda Furuto and Maui Tauotaha (behind the camera) describing the visit with the Jennings Family on Olohega, their learning journeys along the way and their challenge and encouragement to the Punahou ‘ohana to support the voyage and Malama Honua.

Video

September 11, 2014 - Olohega (Swains Island)

CREW
Jenna Ishii and Nainoa Thompson ’72

STUDENTS
Grade 7

SUMMARY
Satellite phone call with crew members Jenna Ishii and Nainoa Thompson docked off Olohega (Swain’s Island). Voyaging leadership decided to change the intended sail plan and did not make the landing in Tokelau, due to unfavorable weather conditions. Students hear first-hand what the conditions were, how the decision was made and why.

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May 27, 2014 - Hilo, Hawai`i

CREW
Linda Furuto ’97, Maui Tauotaha ‘97, Nainoa Thompson ’72

STUDENTS
Kindergarten, Grade 3

SUMMARY
Punahou School’s first Wa‘a Connection between two classrooms and three Punahou voyaging alumni highlight students' inquiries about navigating in voggy weather conditions, Kumu Maui’s responsibility of using video to document the voyage, an explanation about doldrums, ending with a gift of song, titled Hokule’a to wish the crew a safe voyage.

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