On Wednesday March 9th the entire 6th grade class took an exciting adventure to visit the Mo'okiha O'Piilani at Ma'alaea Harbor. We left our school at 11 o'clock and headed for the canoe which was located at the Ma'alaea Harbor. After we arrived, we began to prepare for our chant which is Oli Aloha. This chant is asking for permission to enter. Once the canoe was docked our class began to board at the stern. When we first stepped on the decks of the canoe we greeted the crew members and you could immediately feel their passion for the vessel. We were a large group of about 25 fitting on a canoe built for 12, it was tight! The crew explained everything in detail and had us help them coil a rope.
Next we had a self guided tour. The things we saw included their bunks, the cooking area, the bathroom, their solar panels, and their sailing masts. What impressed me was that it was different from living in a big house to a tight canoe. The bunks were smaller than my bed at home, there was no place to change your clothes, and you had to wear the same clothes every day. When I saw the small cooking area I was almost in disbelief, the small burners that could hardly fit a medium sized frying pan produced big meals of fish for 12 people. I thought that the canoe was very efficient and every item had its reason for being there.
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