Yesterday the 7th grade visited the W.S. Merwin conservancy in Haiku. The purpose of the Conservancy is to preserve the Earth. About 40 years ago Mr. Merwin purchased a 19 acre field of shrubs and grass. The land was previously a pineapple field. To preserve the field Mr. Merwin decided to give back to the earth by planting a plant a day. As he began his work he discovered that the plants he selected to grow would not thrive. The problem was that the soil was destroyed due to bad farming methods by the pineapple growers.
Mr. Merwin found out that because of the poor soil no other plant species could grow except palm plants. The palm trees had a good effect on the soil by making it fertile again. He also found out that mango trees were very good for the soil but hindered the growth of the palm trees because they blocked the sun. Later on Mr. Merwin hired people to remove the mango trees and the palm trees started to thrive.
One thing we learned was that the garden was composed of a variety of mini ecosystems that gave life to all types of palm species. We also learned that damaged land can be improved and preserved by listening to what the land wants. That is what Mr. Merwin did to preserve the land here.
In early March Hokulea was in St. John, US Virgin Islands. The clear blue water and white sand greeted Hokulea when they arrived from Natal, Brazil. The coral that surrounds the island is being bleached by rising temperatures caused by global warming. When the coral is bleached it means it's dying because of stress, kind of like what's happening here in Hawaii. Heidi Guth and the rest of the Hokulea crew are learning about the efforts to prevent the death of several coral reefs.
Last Thursday our middle school was invited to attend a performance by the Juan Siddi Flamenco dance troupe at the MACC. We saw several dancers preform the Flamenco dressed in vibrant costumes and shawls. During the performance Juan Siddi, the Director, explained the purpose of the movements of the shawls and dresses was to represent the movement of the ocean. Dances were accompanied by music played by musicians using a piano, guitars, and a cello. The music was accompanied by singers who would set the tone for the dancers. Apart of the music included the dancers stomping their feet, and using castanets to make a dramatic effect. The rhythm for the music was created by hand clapping, stomping of the feet, and the castanets. Because of the rhythm the dance became much more bold and entertaining.
Toward the end the performance Juan Siddi and the dancers invited members of the audience to join them on the stage where they were taught how to dance the flamenco. So many people went up on the stage that there was no room for our school.
All of us were impressed by the show and all of us thought it was funny,exhilarating, and intriguing.
Good day seventh grade! Yesterdays homework wasn't put up here, but the homework was to write an email to Beau Ewan and Heidi Guth. Beau Ewan was an old fifth grade teacher at our very own school and now he is a professor at a university. Heidi Guth is sailing on the World Wide Voyage and she is the only woman among a crew of all men. We are only going to write rough drafts for now and Ms. Enriquez will correct our rough drafts. In the emails we will talk about how they both inspired us and tell them about ourselves.
St. Brendan sailed on a coracle, a traditional Irish boat that was made with a wood frame and wrapped in leather. He was one of the 12 apostles of Ireland. They say that he may have sailed to North America from Ireland. Today Ms. Enriquez brought in a visitor named Brendan. Brendan is a film maker and he is making a film about how people are learning about nature and culture. We are the next generation and so that means we are the ones that can make changes to our world. Brendan is going to be interviewing some students after class and sometime next week. Be prepared as you might be interviewed!
Good afternoon seventh grade! The picture below is The Library by Jacob Lawrence, in this picture you can see many people reading and studying books. Try to imagine the sounds in this book, what sounds do you hear? This quarter Miss. Enriquez assigned us to pick and re-draw any picture form our "Literature and Integrated Studies" textbook. This assignment is due before the grade book closes, on March 11.
Mr. Ewan is an old fifth grade teacher for Sacred Hearts school. When he was here he was young, and still had dreams he wanted to live. Today he works as a college professor (his dream). In his interview yesterday he talked about how he achieved his goal. In the interview "Should I Stay or Should I Go" the whole seventh grade class was at the edge of their seats and couldn't stop laughing. Please check out his interview at https://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=53597&starttime=undefined&stoptime=undefined&autostart=0&embed=1.
World renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle reflected, “I had an opportunity to go to Midway Island, way out there at the outermost part of this beautiful island. I met a lot of wild creatures there, including a bird. This bird, named Wisdom, was banded in the 1950s, so we know how old she is, so we know that she’s flown thousands of miles voyaging over the sea. And surely in that time she has seen changes. The way those of us who’ve lived a few decades have witnessed changes, more change than during all preceding human history.”
Susan White, Superintendent of Operations for the Pacific Marine National Monument stated, “Wisdom is a story of hope for, for all of the environmental problems in the world, Wisdom is alive and thriving, as old as she is and itʻs a testament to the health of Papahanaumokuakea and the health of that system and the work thatʻs gone on to protect and conserve that, and to understand that place for generations and millennia.”
Beth Flint, a Wildlife Biologist for the Pacific Marine National Monument added, “Albatrosses are particularly good at giving you a sense of the health of the ocean on a global scale because they fly so far. So every season Wisdom goes out foraging, and can fly about 10,000 miles in a shopping trip. She goes all the way up to Bering Sea, she goes way over to the Western Tropic, the Western North Pacific. She’s flying tens of thousands of miles every year and sampling the prey, the food in the ocean, from this huge area. So we get information about what kind of contaminants are out there affecting the food. So there’s a lot of ways that an albatross is sampling and telling us about the entire North Pacific.”
After traveling thousands of miles each year, Wisdom, the oldest documented bird in the wild, returns to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge with a belly full of food for her newly hatched chick.
Ann Bell, Outreach Specialist for the Pacific Marine National Monument, USFWS, announced, “We have some super exciting news to announce. Wisdom, the worldʻs oldest known bird in the wild, who is at least 65 years old, she might be older, her egg just hatched on Febuary 1st. It was an egg she laid at the end of November, just right after Thanksgiving and for the last two weeks, sitting on the egg has been Wisdomʻs mate. Once the egg hatched just last week on Febuary 1st, he continued to try to feed the chick although there wasnʻt much left in his stomach for him to feed the chick with so we were anxiously waiting for Wisdom to return and she showed up last night with her belly full.”
Her healthy offspring will aid a new generation of navigators to find distant shores beyond the horizon.
Dr. Earle said, “Now I think of Wisdom and her voyages out every year coming back to the same place and I think of the voyagers taking off on this worldwide expedition, this mission. And there’s some kind of element here of synergy. This is a moment in time as never before and maybe as never again to take this knowledge, take this wisdom and change the way we do things. We have to. We have to shift our consumption of the natural world into making peace with nature making peace among ourselves. This is the moment to secure for the kids coming along whether they are the young birds who are taking off on their own voyages or whether they its our own children. We have a chance to get it right.”
Wisdom’s chick has been named Kūkini, meaning messenger, and her mate has been named Akeakamai, or “lover of Wisdom.” Kūkini is healthy as both parents are working hard to forage for food at sea and bring it back to the nest.
Crossing NorthAfter a 20-month sojourn in oceans south of the equator, Hōkūleʻa has returned to the northern hemisphere in the blue waters of the Atlantic. Please, help celebrate our crew by supporting their journey.
Good Morning seventh graders, this week we have been reading the book To Kill a MockingBird and reading the Hokulea blogs in the beginning of the period.
The work we are doing on To Kill a MockingBird includes finding the highlights of each chapter, choosing a quote that each student likes the best. For instance in chapter 4 a quote that was chosen is "Jem wanted Dill to know once and for all he wasn't scared of anything". That quote shows a lot about Jem's character. Also we have to look back in the chapter and find any vocabulary words that are new to us. We look the word up and then write out the definition. Our teacher reads part of the book to us and we read the other part at home for homework. The book was made into a movie and we will watch the movie when we were finished with the book.
Everyday the Hokulea/Hikianalia crew posts a new blog post on where they are what they are doing and pictures of what's happening. One of the reasons we are reading this is to keep up with the Hokulea and how they are changing the world. They are trying to get people to be aware of the effects of the climate change. They help us see the different environments of the world and how it might be changing. This week they were in Brazil and they are now traveling to the Caribbean. The Hokulea just crossed the equator coming from the south going to the north, as the crossed the equator the held a ceremony to mark the occasion. Hokulea has many different legs of the voyage, and for each leg there are some new crew members joining and some others leaving. When new crew members come in the whole crew has to adjust there shifts and jobs they perform.
-By: Noelle Sheveland
Ash Wednesday was yesterday, kicking off this lenten season. During Lent we give up something and with the money we would have spent for ourselves, we put in our bowl, then give it to the less fortunate. The tradition of filling bowls, lives on this year! In our class, we folded a piece of cardboard into a bowl and everyday we put money in it. For example, if you gave up chocolate this Lenten season, for every day you would have spent money for chocolate, you would put it in your rice bowl. After Lent we give the rice bowls to our teachers and then they send the money to the countries in need. What are you giving up for Lent?
Aloha 7th graders! This week we just started to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. So far we've read about how two siblings, Jem and Scout, meet a boy named Dill. After daring Jem to touch the mysterious house of the Radley's, Jem scurries to his house, noticing that one of the curtains at the Radley's house moved. Also, last week was spirit week, which consisted of sports day on Monday, super hero day on Tuesday, and wacky hair day on Thursday. Of course, this all lead up to spirit week with games, cheers, and more. This year, the awesome blue team won with 24 points!
By: Blaise Brath