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Final Tahiti Journal

Today was the last day of Auntie Donna's paddle and the Hawaiki Nui. We met up with her well on her way to Bora Bora, which was amazing because she had started only three hours ago. We were amazed at how much distance she had covered in such a short period of time. She had many boats around her cheering her on.

When we saw her we chanted "I Ku Mau Mau" to give her strength and encouragement. She really appreciated it.

As we arrived at Bora Bora the reef and the water were crystal clear, the beaches were beautiful! The dock, where Auntie Donna's paddle ended looked like a festival, like Cancun Mexico on Spring Break. Everyone was stoked and cheering.

As Auntie Donna came in, we greeted her, then afterwards we had free time with her on the beach. Many of us swam and had fun.

Tonight, after dinner, we went to a Bora Bora firewalking. It began with a fire ceremony which was spectacular. It was really interesting, though not as difficult as we expected. Almost everyone did a fire walk, and no one was injured.

To our surprise, we were asked to perform in front of the audience and we sang "Palehua."

After our performance, we went to see petroglyphs. Then we came back to where we are spending the night.

Our trip is almost over. If we could do it again we would. We feel it has helped us grow and made us leaders. We have made friends with the Tahitians, and we hope they will remain life-long friends. We taught them about Hawai'i and environmental issues and they taught us about Tahiti culture, and how people, even if they can't speak the same language, can become friends.

Ce soir, c?est la derniere nuit que nous passons avec les hawaiiens. Nous sommes un peu tristes de les quitter, car malgre le peu de temps que nous avons passe ensemble, nous sommes devenus de bons amis. Echanger nos cultures, nos idees, et nos langues nous a permis d?entretenir des liens d?amitie. Grace a eux, nous avons pu decouvrir des iles. C?etait un agreable sejours.

>Questions Batch 5: 10/18/01 A.M.:

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>#1) >

>Maia: >Kumuhana: Some Questions >

> >I have like nine questions so they are all in this one E-mail because I >know it takes a long time to download over there. >

>Q: How's the weather in Tahiti compared to Wai'anae?

Worse than Wai'anae, but greener. The heat is worse than Wai'anae, but the. lands are greener

>Q: How are the people in Tahiti?

They are nice and beautiful all over.

>Q: Are the results from the stream tests done good or bad?

Bad. The stream was kind of polluted. The top of the stream was clear, but as we worked our way down, there was much debris and it was not good.

>Q: how are the stream test results from Tahiti compared to the results you >guys get every Thursday from the Honua, 'Auwai, and from Kalalula streams?

Wai'anae stream was average, and so was the stream we tested here.

>Q: Did you guys get the chance to try any of the local foods yet?

We tried Calo, which is like poi, it was very sweet. It tasted like sweet banana poi. And Sirloin steak, which were excellent. Rice is also good here as is the French Fries.

>Q: Did you guys perform yet? How did you do?

We performed all around, almost wherever we were, for different people. Yesterday for instance we were having lunch at a big race-point, and we were asked to perform, and people liked us very much. We've been performing almost every day, a few songs at a time, but never have we played our whole list.

>Q: Are you guys homesick?

Yeah, in a way, but this island is so nice, it's where the Hawaiian Polynesians first came from.

> >That's all of my questions. But to everyone be safe and don't get sick. >We don't need dengue fever in Wai'anae >

>A Hui Hou >

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>#2) >


>Kumuhana: To: JoAnna Tsuha >

> >Hi JoAnna! >

>Q: I just wanted to write you a quick email to see how everything is going >in >Tahiti?

Things are going great! Though hectic! We're doing alot!!! There is so much to see here, and it's so beautiful. We all want to come back again some day!

>We are excited to hear all about your trip! Take care and know >that we're all thinking of you. > >Aloha,
>Christy >


>Christy G. Churchill

>Public Relations Manager

>Maui Ocean Center



Day 6

Day Six Journal Entry from Tahiti:

Today we went to Taha'a.

We liked the aquarium we went to. They had Honu (turtles), Lupe (Sting Rays), Mano (shark) and I'a (fish). What we liked most about the aquarium was:

On the way back from the Motu Tuahutu we saw Nai'a (dolphins). They swam along side our boat (The Explorer) for about three minutes. It gave us time to take some Nai'a pictures.

We also went to the most sacred Marae in Polynesia, it's name was Tapu Tapu Iteia. There we performed a ceremony to help us reconnect with our ancestors.

The Ra'atei'a students told us of the "Apitani" flower. It was a really good legend. We did not dislike anything.

But I loved it. The whole day.

JEUDI 18 OCTOBRE 2001 Nous nous sommes réveillés vers cinq heures. Nous avons pris le petit déjeuner et nous nous sommes douchés. Nous nous sommes rendus au Œmarae' de ŒTAPUTAPUATEA' par le ŒDISCOVERY'. Monsieur Nelson et nous a expliquer les fonctions des Œmarae' ainsi que certaines légendes. Puis nous avons mangés à TAHAA ŒPATIO'. Nous avons visités la ferme perliere de Monsieur Hugues LAUGHLIN. Arrives au motu ATGER, les eleves ont pu se baigner dans le parc a poissons et toucher des raies, une murene, des tortues et regarder des requins. C'etait tres amusant et instructif. Lors du retour nous avons admire les dauphins;ils etaient magnifiques. Le soir,les tahitiens ont danses pour les hawaiens en guise de remerciement.

Maintenant, c' est l' heure de dormir. Bonne nuit.


Question Batch 3: 10/16/01 PM: > >------------------------------------------- > >#1)

> >Maia: >Kumuhana: Aloha From Lana'i > >

>Q: Whatis the weather like there now?

It is hot and sunny. When it is hot, it's VERY HOT. And when it's overcast it's still hot. There has been only a little rain, just once.

>Q: What season is it there?

The season now is Spring. It is opposite from our seasons in Hawai'i.

>Q: Are the students in Tahiti actively involved in environmental issues?

Not really. The military goes to the mountain and helps cut miconia. It doesn't happen frequently. We hope that they become active with keeping their environment clean. We are teaching them how to clean up and how important it is to keep the environment clean so they can teach others the same thing.

>Q: What are their highest priority or concern for their environment in >Tahiti or >their neighboring islands?

The students with us are concerned about the streams because they go into the ocean. The water source comes from streams so they realize they have to keep the streams clean to have drinking water. We are teaching them to test the waters with the quality tests that we brought over.

>Q: How are they dealing with or resolving that issue?

The students hope to continue with what we teach them by picking up rubbish nearby and in the streams.

>Q: In this modern age of technology, how are these technologies being used >by >the Tahitian students to find alternatives/solutions to their >environmental >issues? >

>Q: What alternatives/solutions have come through the use of their own >cultural understanding and knowledge? Please give an example of both and >how it is being used or accomplished?

We will spend more time teaching the Tahitian students how to keep the streams and land clean with the technology we have today such as the water-quality tests,our computers (keeping all the information on computers and keeping communication with them via e-mail).

Mahalo, Kai Makana and Tahitian students :-)

>Aloha from Lana'i and Hui Malama Pono O Lana'i.


Day 5
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Day Five from Tahiti:


In the morning, while everyone was making up, we cleaned up our things because we had to catch a boat to Raiatea.

Through the time spent on the boat, I found that those things in life that you don't see and need to see is very important Because you never know what's going to happen or even explain.

As I look out to see while the races are going on, the songs that I sing seem to make me more alive because of all of the beauty and Aloha around me are filling me up with joy and excitement to do things I have never done.

The race is called the "Hawaiiki Nui Wa'a" and it is the largest canoe race in all of Polynesia. There were 86 mens crews and 10 women's. The first leg of the race was from Huahine to Raiatea. Tomorrow the men continue to Taha'a, and that last day they race to Bora Bora.

Right now Me and the others are sitting in the Uturoa school with the Tahitian students writing about our day.

Entry from our Tahitian friends:

Nous sommes sur le quai de Huahine et nous attendons patiemment l' arrivée du catamaran Discovery quand arrive enfin le moment d'embarquer . En meme temps, se deroule le depart de la Course Hawaiki Nui va'a, categorie senior/Hommes. Tout le monde est excite et suit la course avec attention. Nous nous dirigeons petit a petit vers Raiatea. La distance entre Huahine et Raiatea est de 26.5 miles et nous mettons 4 heures pour arriver a destination. La mer est quelque peu agitee mais la bonne humeur de tous les passagers nous fait oublier que nous sommes sur un bateau. Nous arrivons a Raiatea vers 11 Heures. Un groupe d Etudiants orginaire de l ile nous accueille par une serie de danses traditionnelles. Les hawaiennes ont voulu en faire de meme et ont ebloui le public´.



I finally had some time today to trouble shoot the photo problem. Hopefully it's licked.

I'll send them one at a time. The pictures usually correspond to a journal entry for that day.



Day 4

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Today we went for a ferry ride from Papeete to Huahine. Along the way we encountered Uncle Charlie, our local Tahitian guide. He had been lost, we think his boat ran out of gas, all night long, and as our ferry approached Huahine we found Uncle Charlie and his boat and crew drifting powerless. Our ferry towed his boat for a while, but the ferry could not go fast because of Uncle Charlie's boat. So eventually another, smaller boat came to Uncle Charlie's aid.

When we arrived at Huahine, we went to College de Fare to settle our luggage and eat lunch.

After lunch we took a short bus ride and met up with Eric Komori, an archeologist. He showed us may different archeological sites. We feel lucky to have seen these sites because in Hawaii we don't come across these types of sites often.

When we go to the Marae (Tahitian temple) we performed a special protocol for Tane. An offering was made and it was a spiritual experience. It made Becki feel that she was holding her Tutu's hand. Walking down the mountain, some of use were crying. That is how spiritual the feeling was.

When we were finished we thanked Eric Komorie with a chant and we presented him with a paddle.

Then we returned to the school for relaxation and swimming.



Our text emails are being sent and received fine here in Tahiti, but unfortunately I can't send any pictures!

I've made them incredibly small files, and still they will not go out.

I've consulted with my coworkers at the Museum as to what the problem might be. Hopefully we'll get it working soon.

Rest assured there are PLENTY of pictures here, you just may have to wait awhile to get them. :(

But we'll keep trying to send them up from here.



Day 3

Day Three started off with Pop Tarts. Then we headed to the docks to catch our ferry named Arahet 4 for Moorea. When we got to the island of Moorea, we went to a beach to meet Aunty Donna from her paddle from Papeete to Moorea. At the beach we not only watched Aunty Donna paddle in, but we also met the Mayor and the President of the Environmental Association of Moorea.

After the ceremony for Aunty Donna, we continued on to a gorgeous bay which was surrounded by beautiful, tall mountains. There, we were told by the Aunty we had just met at the beach, how the bay had been made, also the story of Teari Wahine Terenuua, which is a mountain ridge which resembles a lady pounding a drum. One legend has it that her role is to warn the islanders of danger.

After the stories were told, we moved by small boat to a private island where we swam with the Lupe (Stingrays), saw sharks and honu, and made lunch.

After a few hours on this beautiful private island, we returned to Tahiti by ferry and went shopping.

I felt we had a good day today, a spiritual feeling when we were chanting to Aunty Donna and to the Mayor. I felt really welcomed when they did a protocol back.

Aunty Donna says "Hello" to her mother in Washington, and tells her "Not to worry, she¹s fine."



A basic chemical scan using the Lamotte Test kit was done at Papeno'o Tahiti. The locations were: S 17š 30' 46.4" W 149š 25' 14.7"

1st data set was at Makai site. 2nd data set was 2 kilometers upstream. Both sites were adjacent to rock quarries. The 1st site was downstream, the second approximately 1/4 mile upstream.

Data taken at 3:00 PM. Day sunny with no precipitation. Data taken by the students of Kai Makana and their Tahitian counterparts.

Silica: Site one: 50-100 ppm, site two: same

Co2: Site one: 10 ppm, site two: 20 ppm

Dissolved Oxygen: Site one: 10 ppm, site two 7.5 ppm

Turbidity: Both sites qualitative assessment showed stream water had denser particle rates than the comparative samples.


Day 1

Day 2
Day One and Two (October 13th and 14th, 2001)

Aloha from Tahiti!

On October 13, 2001 10 students and 11 adults got together at the Honolulu airport. After a long delay at the airport and a long 5 hour plane ride, we arrived in Tahiti around 12:00 am.

We were greeted with music by Tahitian musicians, and made it through customs without any problems. After we went through customs we were greeted with leis by our fellow Tahitian students. After that we were off to Paufai primary school to get some rest.

October 14, 2001, we started our day by having a wonderful breakfast with our new friends from Tahiti at snack Mado. It was a very nice meal. When the meal was done we were off to Museede Tahiti, there we saw many ancient artifacts from Tahiti. After that we were off to Papendoo to teach our Tahitian friends how to do water-quality testing. After our testing we returned to the school to get ready for dinner.


A basic chemical scan using the Lamotte Test kit was done at Papeno'o Tahiti. The locations were: S 17š 30' 46.4" W 149š 25' 14.7"

1st data set was at Makai site. 2nd data set was 2 kilometers upstream. Both sites were adjacent to rock quarries. The 1st site was downstream, the second approximately 1/4 mile upstream.

Data taken at 3:00 PM. Day sunny with no precipitation. Data taken by the students of Kai Makana and their Tahitian counterparts.

Silica: Site one: 50-100 ppm, site two: same

Co2: Site one: 10 ppm, site two: 20 ppm

Dissolved Oxygen: Site one: 10 ppm, site two 7.5 ppm

Turbidity: Both sites qualitative assessment showed stream water had denser particle rates than the comparative samples.


Kai Makana gratefully acknowledges the support of these sponsors:

`Aha Punana Leo Hui Malama O Lana`i Island Paddler Maui Jim
Patagonia Queen Lili`uokalani Children's Center Xcel
Partners for the project include: Roxy Quiksilver, Town & Country, Wai‘anae High School Hawaiian Studies Program, University of Hawai‘i Center for Hawaiian Studies, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Na Pua No‘eau, & ‘Olelo, Ka‘ala Farm.


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