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March 05, 2007

Hawai'i

June 28, 1999 - Kupuna Day

Today we visited the local Kupuna Center. Kupuna is Hawaiian for the elderly. Upon entering, we were greeted by a chanting lady and were given yarn leis. We prayed in a circle and then started activities the elderly had set up for us. First, my group made a bracelet by weaving straw. Then, we learned a traditional hula dance. The song was called the Hukilau and was about fishing. This was surprisingly fun and easy. Next, we learned to play three notes on the ukulele.

Ukulele


At the final station, we made a game similar to the one where you try to catch a ball on a string in a little cup.
After a short snack, we sung Cleveland Rocks and then danced with the Kupuna to the Electric slide and the Macarena. Then, they sang and danced traditional Hawaiian hulas for us.
Our next stop was the Hawai'i County Building. There we met Mayor Stephen K. Yamashiro and had our questions answered.
Next was the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo, the only one in the United States. We had a map to fill in where the animals were, so the experience was somewhat educational. My group watched some monkeys being fed.

monkeys


The coolest site was beautiful peacocks walking around freely with their feathers spread out.
Back at the dorms, we had free time to play soccer, volleyball or indoor baseball. The day was very educational and I got to see some animals native to the rainforest which was a once in a lifetime experience.

Posted by scheemo at March 5, 2007 09:44 AM