Ho`ala Teacher Crews Hikianalia on Homeward Voyage
Ho`ala School teacher Maggie Pulver, was chosen as a crew member of Hikianalia’s final leg of the Worldwide voyage going from Tahiti to Hawai'i. Maggie Pulver has been with Ho`āla School since 2008 and is a volunteer with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. She began training to be a crew member in 2009. In 2010, Maggie began working with the PVS education team to develop classroom curriculum and activities that focused on the values of sustainability, conservation, mutual respect and indigenous knowledge; the values that would eventually become the foundation for Mālama Honua. This curriculum is shared with the global community through hokulea.com.
A quote from Maggie:
“I am humbled and honored that I have been chosen to crew for Hikianalia's sail home from Tahiti. I am so grateful for the continued support from the Ho'āla community in working towards this life goal. It is truly a dream come true. I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with the students and families over the summer and the next school year!"
Maggie also took her Malama Honua students on two off-island adventures that explored cultural, environmental, and service learning. In March, the Ho'ala students, led by Maggie and supported by her 5 parent chaperones, traveled to New Zealand. While in Aotearoa, the students also had a chance to visit with the crews of Hokule`a and Hikianalia and tour Hikianalia. Ho`ala students also performed community service at Opua School, Waipoua Forest, Places for Penguins, and Te Papa Museum. In April, the Malama Honua students also joined Maggie on a service trip to Kaho'olawe, where students had opportunities to explore various aspects of the islands story and other aspects of Hawaiian history, methods of environmental rehabilitation and restoration, as well as the values of Aloha 'Āina and Mālama Honua.
Read a recent article written by Maggie aboard the Hikianalia: http://www.hokulea.com/hikianalia-science-report-may-30-2015/
More articles will be posted as they become available.