Since January 1971, an activity section of the Sierra Club, Hawai'i Chapter
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Our sister group, HSTP, an activty section of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter has scheduled service projects. These trips are open to anyone 16 and above, in good health and willing to work in the great outdoors!
Cost: $50.00 - students; $100.00 - adults
Spring Break 2000
July 31-August 6, 2000
If interested or want more information, please contact Sherine Boomla - 739-3936 or check out our web site at http://hstp.u4l.com
MAHALO "DOC"! for 33-1/2 years of teaching at Kamehameha Schools. Dr. Chuck "Doc" Burrows, advisor to Hui Lama, was one of the individuals who started up, coordinated and led the High School Hikers program. He worked closely with various private and public organizations on numerous science and environmental projects for our students. He instilled an awareness of Hawai'i's environment and promoted conservation techniques to protect our island home, for all of us, his students. Congratulations "Doc" for a job well done!
Return to RAPA NUI
Eight students from Kamehameha's Hui Lama (an environmental
education club), under advisor Chuck
Each student researched a separate project. Such as comparing
seaweeds from the hull of Hokule'a to those
Also on Rapa Nui were HSH's own John Cummings and Adaline
Kam who were members of the Hawai'i
Adaline and John spent a day with Hui Lama constructing a
traditional Rapa Nui manawai, a circular wall of rocks to protect
plants from erosion and wind. Also assisting in the effort were
volunteers from the Chilean National Park and members of Kumu
Lake's halau. Together they completed the 30 foot diameter wall.
Iorana! Aloha! A wave, a smile and sometimes a "shaka" sign from the island children greeted the Hawai'i groups everywhere they traveled. In Hanga Roa, the main town, transportation was primarily on foot, horse or taxi. Gas is very expensive so cars are small and fuel efficient.
Rapa Nui has many similarities to Hawai'i. The island traditions, the language, culture, customs, even words for the land and the fish in the sea brought memories of home. It was most amazing how very happy and healthy the Rapa Nui islanders are with what little they had. All that matters is family, food, the shirt on ones back. It made everyone think of how spoiled we are and take things for granted.
As much as we had in common, nothing in Hawai'i could compare to those gigantic moai (mow-I) that Rapa Nui is famous for. The moai were carved by hand from volcanic tuft, each representing a Rapa Nui ancestor. There are hundreds everywhere and each one is unique. Most were 20-30' tall, some exceeded 50' and weighed many tons.
Of course, the highlight of the trip for Hui Lama and the Hawai'i contingent was the official arrival ceremony for the voyaging canoe, Hokule'a. Hokule'a's arrival at Anakena Bay was an exhilarating event. Kumu Lake, Hui Lama and Rapa Nui kupuna began the day before sunrise to release the kapu for the safe arrival of Hokule'a. In the chilly early morning darkness as voices joined chanting in unison, every one in the group suddenly felt chicken skin! In the soft orange light of early dawn the eyes in the moai appeared to be glowing! For the arrival ceremony, care takers had restored the lime stone and obsidianeyes to the moai the night before and was it a sight to see! Later that morning, we watched as crew members of Hokule'a arrived on the beach as chants of welcome were given. Hundreds of people gathered before the moai to see the hula, chants and blessing of stones brought from Hawai'i.
Approximately 80-100 students and advisors will converge on the island of Hawai'i during Spring Break 2000! If you haven't done so already and really want to go on this once in a lifetime trip with your friends and classmates, see your advisor NOW!
Some trip highlights are visiting the lava flow from Kilauea, going to the top of Mauna Kea, exploring Hawai'ian endemic sites, and seeing rare native Hawai'ian birds in their native habitat.
The last Big Island trip was a blast! Everyday was a new adventure,
making new friends and having fun at the same time. So what are
you waiting for? This may be your last opportunity!
We began our November weekend by setting up camp at Camp Mokule'ia. Next morning, we got up early, packed our day gear and met at Bill Garnett's Pahole nursery in the Waianaes.
We raked koa leaf litter into piles and then transported the litter to binds where the seeds in the litter might germinate on their own. Talk about working smart. We were also fortunate to help weed a hillside with many native plants.
Predominately the bidens, ko'oko'olau. Following this gardening
experience we hiked to the ridge overlooking
WHAT TO BRING: Backpack, lunch, 1 qt. water, rain gear, mosquito
CHAIRPERSONS FOR FALL HIKERS WORKSHOP - Bonnie Fujii/Alicia
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