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'Ike Hawai'i

'Ike Hawai'i - Sense of Place, Sense of Identity

May Day 2018 - Theme:  "Ku'u Kula Iwi" - My Homeland

Hundreds of 'ohana - from our students and families, teachers and staff, to community friends and cultural practitioners helped make our annual May Day Hoike PRICELESS!  We thank them all for helping to make this long standing Waimea tradition possible!

Photo courtesy of Havaiki Etherton

This is what an 'Ike Hawai'i TRADITION looks like!  
For many years now, our WMS 6th Grade teaching team have taken the class on a thoughtful 'Ike Hawai'i journey to learn more about this special place as well as the world they live in -- where we came from (ancient civilizations) thinking about how we Malama Honua (care for Mother Earth) and how we move forward.  Culminating this journey is an annual hike to the top of Hoku'ula, one of the magestec pu'u that stand guard over Waimea.  THIS is what good teaching and learning looks like...and what memories are made of!   

MAHALO to our teachers, staff and all who make this possible including Parker Ranch and our Waimea firefighters -- who stand by to be sure everyone is safe!  Mahalo, too, to our cultural practitioners -- Ku'ulei Keakealani and Keali'i Bertelmann for helping make the connections...and keep the stories and place names alive.  We were especially thankful too for a spectacular sunny - a bit windy - almost vog-free day! 
May 18, 2018 - Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Tina Benson