This spring break, Maui keiki age nine through sixteen are invited to join a fun, culturally-immersive and educational camp during the week of Spring Break, March 18th through March 22nd from 7:30am – 4:30pm.
Hawaiian Outdoor Education Camp will be held on a private beachfront property on north Kīhei Road. Each day youth will paddle canoe, learn Hawaiian chants and values, hear Hawaiian storytelling, learn life skills and partake in curriculum related to science and technology. Over the course of the week, they will learn hula dancing, lei making, poi pounding, fishing, rock wall restoration and most importantly, how to work cooperatively together.
The camp will primarily be led by Vene Chun, a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner who has been taught for many years by his elder, Kimokeo Kapahulehua. “Like the astronauts of today,” Vene says, “we only send the very best to explore space. So it was with the astronauts of yesterday – they only sent the very best on their canoes to discover new islands. So, in each and every island child is only the best. It’s time to reactivate those DNA cells!”
While those DNA cells will be reactivated through solid engagement with a variety of Hawaiian cultural practices and their corresponding stories, chants, values and practical life skills, youth will also be exposed to relevant science and technology curriculum. Whether through water quality testing, observing organisms under microscopes or sensing the oxygen and carbon dioxide emissions from various plants, this program ties in a science and technology component to each cultural teaching.
This camp is being hosted by Makoa Quest, a culturally-rooted company here on Maui that partners with Hawaiian cultural practitioners. Donations will be made each day to the Kimokeo Foundation to support their important mission to “preserve and perpetuate Hawai‘i’s unique culture, its language, people and environment for the benefit of Maui’s people and generations yet to come.”
Water, life jackets and all materials other than lunch will be provided.
Space is limited to 15 youth each day. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Meagan at 808-214-0355.
Please visit makoaquest.com to learn more or to register.
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