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The senior Capstone course is envisioned to be the culmination and synthesis of the values taught at Punahou through an innovative SEEDS curriculum, wherein themes of Social responsibility, Economics, the Environment, empowering Deeds of service and Sustainable solutions are explored. The vision is to graduate students who will be global citizens with passion, heart and intellect who use their talents and skills to design and implement sustainable solutions that create social change. This international version of the CapSEEDS experience combines class work at Punahou with travel into the Arctic over six weeks during the summer of 2015.
The Capstone Arctic trip came to a close as the group headed back home to rejoin their families in Hawai‘i.
The group presented our five methods for extending the reach of the Alaska Raptor Center today.
The group visited the Blue Water Dam powerhouse today, which was actually overfilled right now because of the rain.
The group was able to perform on an English language TV show in China, where they sang Hawaiian and American songs and danced a hula.
The China Capstone group toured Tiannamen Square and the Forbidden City, and also visited the Night Market.
The Fortress of the Bear was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
Rainy weather meant that the group wasn’t able to finish painting today.
The group continued painting sections of Whitmore Hall’s exterior today.
The China Capstone group worked with Beijing Academy to create workshops that share the culture of Hawai‘i with their peers. The workshops focused on lifestyle and health; Hawaiian culture; and art and the environment.
Today, the group was able to help renovate the Sitka Fine Arts Camp by painting one of the principal buildings.
Today, the China Capstone students were able to learn some martial arts from the local professionals. “The kids loved it!”
The Capstone Arctic group arrived safely in Sitka and began adjusting to the unique beauty of this place, new camp accommodations and focusing on the community work ahead.
Today the Capstone team was occupied with preparations to leave Juneau for Sitka, Alaska. “I am excited to visit the Raptor Center and see how they care for the birds of prey,” said Michael.
The visit to Xian concluded with a morning bicycle ride around the city wall, an eight-mile-plus ride. “Then, a well deserved lunch consisting of a variety of dumplings.” Later, the group visited a mosque in the Muslim district that was originally built during the Tang Dynasty.
Our band of adventurers really enjoyed hiking the Mt. Roberts and the West Glacier trails during our stay in Juneau.
“Ni hao, Xian!” The group visited the Terra Cotta Warriors and then made their way to the Wild Goose Pagoda.
Today was an intense, jam packed day full of fun and insightful activities.
The Arctic group toured the Macaulay Hatchery, located in the outskirts of downtown Juneau.
A busy day for the China Crew, consisting of a visit to Beijing Normal University Kindergarten and Primary School, followed by a Kung Fu show and a dumpling-making activity. “Overall, it was a wonderful day!”
The day began with hula lessons for the group, in preparation for the cultural exchange on Friday evening with the middle school camp we are staffing this week.
Today the students explored Houhai and the hutongs with their Chinese buddies. They were sent on a scavenger hunt together where they were able to get to know each other a bit more while exploring the area, locating important places, trying some Chinese treats, etc.
The group started the day off by visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, where we learned about how glaciers are made and how the current changing climate is affecting the Mendenhall glacier.
“Today we were able to experience public transportation on our way to spend the morning at the Beijing Zoo. The students loved seeing the various animals – especially the Giant Pandas!”
Alaska is a very patriotic state. However, the Fourth of July is on a whole new level. Everyone goes out celebrating American independence. It takes them two whole days!
“The students spent the morning learning history about Beijing and China, as well as attended their Chinese classes. I think, however, they were most excited about their painting class today. It was such a treat! We sure do have some talented individuals among us.” The day concluded with a traditional Chinese dinner.
During this week, we shared our culture with the youth of Juneau and had our kind Aloha spirit returned with warm Gunalchéeshes (Tlingit language for thank you).
Juneau is not on an island but its isolation makes it seem as if it is; Alaska’s capital city is only accessible by water and air.
The Capstone China group visited the famous Great Wall of China. “It was a beautiful and clear day outside. The students enjoyed a good workout hiking up to the wall and exploring different sections of the wall/towers. The sheer scale of the wall is something that never ceases to amaze.”
The Capstone China group arrived safely in Beijing and quickly got organized. In addition to checking into their rooms, they attended an orientation meeting and were able to tour the surrounding neighborhood.
To help us prepare for our trail restoration work next week, we took off for a hike up Mt. Roberts from a trailhead right in downtown Juneau.
Punahou students volunteered to act as teaching assistants at the Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School Tlingit Language and Culture Camp for elementary students.
The Capstone Arctic group arrived safely in Juneau, where they headed to the University of Alaska Southeast to prepare for the next two week stay.
The Capstone Arctic group headed to Juneau, Alaska.
After four days of preparation and direct assistance at the homes of Whaling Captains Arey Crew and Panigeo Crew, we bundled up with a few more layers in anticipation of 39 degree, 15 mph wind and 30 percent chance of precipitation weather for a long day of Nalukataq service.
The majority of today’s work was spent finishing the preparations for the Nalukataq festival.
First on the agenda, we took a trip to the Iñupiaq Heritage Center where we met up with Fannie Akpik, Coordinator of Inupiaq Education for the North Slope Borough School District.
We started out with some cultural sharing activities with the Inupiaq students who are attending the camp from various villages on the North Slope.
The group arrived safely in Barrow, Alaska, on Sunday morning. "Our hosts at Ilisagvik College have made us feel at home," said chaperone and Academy social studies teacher Bill Waring.