A free youth event called “Sea to Sky” will be held this weekend. This event is designed to bring different aspects of our island together with the common purpose of rebuilding the voyaging canoe, Hōkūalaka’i. The Hōkūalaka’i will be used for teaching purposes on Hawaiʻi Island and beyond. Hōkūalakaʻi’s home is in the same location (Palekai) that the historic Hōkūleʻa departed from on its world wide voyage.
This will be the first of many “Sea to Sky” events at Palekai in Hilo. It will be an all day event with something for everyone to enjoy. We have invited many members of the scientific field to have fun educational learning stations available for kids and all participants will be hosted with great food and activities. The focus of the monthly events are structured to:
- Unite community in helping to restore the voyaging canoe, Hōkūalaka’i.
- Promote indigenous knowledge in science programs
- Increase cultural relevance
- Create opportunities to pursue careers in science and culture education fields
The schedule for the September 24th will be:
- 8:00-8:30am Informal meet, setup and discuss days activities and work planned for the canoe.
- 8:45-9:30am ‘awa ceremony and welcome
- 9:30-11:30am Work on Hōkūalakaʻi, Visit Learning Stations, and Site Beautification Project
- 11:30-12:30pm Lunch
- 1:00-4:30 Paddling, Sailing, Swimming (Ocean Activities)
- 4:30-5:00 Closing talk and cleanup
We will have “Learning Stations” and a variety of organizations joining us each week. Come down to Palekai and join in the community effort to restore Hōkūalakaʻi and help our youth learn about the science and culture that is happening on the Big Island.
If you would like to setup a booth to help educate kids, please contact us! This will be an on-going event to share Hawaii’s Science and Culture with our youth and each other. We will be publishing more details and our upcoming events on our website: http://alohapueo.org/pueo-events