LAHAINA — For fall break 2021, the Lahaina Restoration Basis hosted a five-day Lahaina Quest Tradition Camp for native college students in third, fourth and fifth grades. The camp was a quest by time and locations in Historic Lahaina, a distinct period every day: Native Hawaiian, missionary, whaling, and sugar.
The autumn camp was absolutely funded by the donors of Lahaina Restoration Basis, thus, without charge to native households.
Six college students from Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary College, Sacred Hearts and Maui Preparatory Academy explored 4 totally different time durations spanning practically 500 years of Lahaina’s historical past.
Daily, the children investigated a definite period and its tradition by meals, video games, arts and crafts, in addition to visits to historic websites/museums.
On the day that the camp targeted on the sugar period, the children constructed from scratch and baked pao doce (Portuguese Candy Bread) in an genuine Portuguese oven fired with kiawe wooden on the Agawa House.
Displaying off their creative skills, they embellished their very own set of POGS, a sport initially from the Twenties and performed with milk caps. After all, there was an intense POGS match earlier than the tip of day.
When requested concerning the camp, fourth-grader Caelin McClintock stated, “Such a tremendous expertise like no different camp that I’ve been to.”
Helaiyna Corniel-Luna, fourth grade, shared, “It’s a enjoyable camp to make buddies. We did enjoyable experiments.”
The Lahaina Restoration Basis’s mission is to protect and defend the historic legacies of Lahaina. The inspiration, led by Theo Morrison, govt director, extends its mission to incorporate cultural training of native kids in addition to these younger at coronary heart.
Morrison added, “As a child, I cherished going to camp. Once I realized that Lahaina didn’t have a cultural camp for teenagers, I knew it was my duty to begin one. That’s how Lahaina Quest Tradition Camp was born.”
Basis Deputy Government Director Kimberly Flook defined why Lahaina Quest is necessary.
“Youngsters are very receptive. If we are able to get children to know individuals by the research of cultures, they’ll have that understanding all through their entire lifetime,” she stated. “Plus, we now have a wonderful program that isn’t solely academic, but additionally a lot enjoyable for the children and the lecturers, too!”
All through the 5 days, the bottom camp was positioned at Hale Aloha, the place Lahaina Restoration Basis has its collections room.
Every day, the children had a while to discover its treasures. They bought to see and contact an actual milk cap for taking part in POGS within the sugar period. Additionally, they realized learn how to sort on an old-school typewriter and dial on a rotary dial telephone.
Flook commented, “One of many highlights for me in addition to the children was time within the collections room. It was an actual hit to carry historical past in our fingers.”
Flook will likely be heading up a number of Lahaina Quest applications between Christmas and New 12 months’s. The historical past and cultural focuses stay, however the attendees can select to enroll in a number of applications.
The winter applications are designed for a number of age teams, together with first/second/third grades, fourth/fifth grades, and a household class.
The Winter Lahaina Quest Tradition applications will likely be absolutely funded by Lahaina Restoration Basis’s donors. It’s not too early to begin planning on your kids’s winter break.
To be taught extra, register your keiki or assist these applications, go to www.lahainarestoration.org or e-mail email@example.com.