A unique service opportunity awaits Punahou74 classmates. Thanks to both Mele Meyer and Susan Seto Dolan for spearheading this effort.
Protect Kahoolawe Ohana (PKO) is a grassroots organization dedicated to the island of Kahoolawe and the principles of Aloha Aina throughout the state of Hawaii. The group works to protect the natural and cultural resources of the islands.
PKO is working to turn Kahoolawe into a cultural learning center where traditional cultural and spiritual customs, beliefs, and practices of the Hawaiian people can be freely practiced and flourish. Achieving this goal requires the clearing of selected areas to revegetate native species, the construction of trails and roads, and the development of cultural sites, camping areas, and educational facilities.
Teams of volunteers travel to the island in huakai or journeys. How interesting that “huakai” is Punahou School’s theme for the current year. That said, participation in this singular journey will be limited to fifteen Punahou74 classmates. First come, first served so get your application in ASAP. A wait list will be taken to ensure that all spaces are filled.
Thinking of taking the journey with us? Here’s what you need to know:
$ 140 (USD)
Fee includes round-trip, ground transportation from Kahului Airport to the staging site where you will overnight, round-trip boat transportation from Maalaea Harbor or Kihei/Kamaole Boat Ramp, on-island meals and supplies, liability insurance, and zodiac maintenance. An Aloha ‘aina t-shirt can be purchased separately. Air transportation to and from Maui is not included.
DEPARTURE & ARRIVAL
- Wednesday, April 9 by 8:00 PM. Ground transportation to staging site begins at 8:45 PM.
- Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 PM. Return reservations to home island—No earlier please.
MINIMUM MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
- Attendance at the PKO Orientation on Wednesday, February 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Punahou School’s Alumni House (if necessary, an alternate orientation session can be attended but preference will be given to those who reserve their spaces at the February 26 meeting);
- Completed forms (see “paperwork” below) turned in;
- Payment of the $140 fee (checks made out to “Protect Kahoolawe Fund”); and
- The ability to swim 50 meters in ocean waves.
The orientation session will include the viewing of the Aloha Aina Video, a safety review, logistics, and huakai protocol (e.g. chants). Forms and fees will be accepted at the session.
Here are the links for the Volunteer Service Agreement and the Registration Form (note: update the dates at the top of the Registration Form to read “April 10-14, 2014.”). Turn in your forms at the February 26 orientation with a $140 check made payable to “Protect Kahoolawe Fund.”
All refund requests must be submitted to the Access Coordinator at least one week prior to access entry date.
RSVP — THIS IS IMPORTANT!
RSVP via email here to let us know that you will attend the orientation or to ask your questions.
Looking forward to taking the journey with you!