Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kanu o ka ‘Āina Ceremony at the Lalamilo Research Station

Kanu o ka ‘Āina Ceremony at the Lalamilo Research Station

May 31, 2012

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Lalamilo Research Station is located on the sunny side of Waimea on the island of Hawaii. The research station houses projects such as test plantings of olives, blueberries, protea and an arboretum of cherries, loquat, peaches, and persimmons. Kanu o ka ‘Āina is a bilingual Hawaiian-focused, project and place-based public charter school that first opened in 2000, on part of the Lalamilo Research Station. The school’s emphasis of promoting sustainability, respecting their elders and the ‘aina complements CTAHR’s educational program responsibilities. The Lalamilo location served as their school until they were able to relocate to their new facility in Pu'ukapu. A ceremony was held on May 31, 2012 to show aloha and appreciation for the land, as well as the people who helped to make their school a reality throughout the years. CTAHR will continue its mission to student preparation, global research and educational programs throughout the community.

The students selected and performed hula (dance) and mele (song) for everyone.

The students’ respect and aloha was felt by everyone present.

The student hula was accompanied by their kumu (teachers).

The ceremony served as an opportunity to show their gratitude for those who supported them throughout the years.

CTAHR personnel looking on

Kanu students reading comments from their fellow students. Both students and staff discussed the history of the school and offered heart-felt goodbyes to their campus.

Farm Manager Marla Fergerstrom gave a speech on behalf of CTAHR.

Milton Yamasaki, retired Farm Manager, also offered his thoughts.

Hawaii County Administrator Dr. Russell Nagata presented a koaia tree which will be planted on their new campus in Pu’ukapu.
The ceremony was completed with the students draping a ti leaf lei completely around the facility to signify their departure and the re-entry of CTAHR.

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