Monday after school was done we went kayaking. I can tell that if I want to do some kayaking at all I am going to have to get another kayak or go early in the morning.
We still haven’t gracefully learned how to get in or out of the kayak, so it’s a good thing the water isn’t freezing.
Tuesday I took James to work, so Jack and I stopped at Matthew Winters park for a quick morning hike.
After some school we had Hawaiian themed poe-tea. First of all, the Hawaiian language was banned in schools in Hawaii starting in 1893, before then ‘mele’ and hula were used to pass on history, chants, poems and stories. So, you can write down a mele, but it’s spoken or sung or done to hula.
We listened to the TED talk from the first Hawaiian poet laureate here –
We listened to a mele about a grandmother here .
We listened to a mountain mele about a sacred mountain (I like this verse – We go forward in the evening/Vanished in the light of day/We are caressed by the rain of Lilinoe/The pathway to Mauna Kea.
I put on some Hawaiian music and we had some treats and tea – sand dollar cookies, pineapple coconut puff pastries, fruit kabobs, fruit salad, Hawaiian rolls and SPAM. I have to say, I have never had SPAM before, but it was pretty good fried with a little pineapple and on a bun.
Then we took a short hike at Elk Meadows park.
Then back home for a bit before taking Hannah to another Police explorer meeting, but no one was there. Hopefully they are meeting next Tuesday, I am finding the Police explorer units to be disorganized and not helpful at communication.