Student Reflection: Oysters Return to Home of Hōkūleʻa

The following is a student reflection from Isaiah of Farrington High School whose marine science class contributed to last month’s oyster ceremony by measuring and then placing the oysters in the water at the blessing.

When we first got to the the Marine Education Training Center we learned about the history of the different ahupua’as in our island. We also learned how most of our island’s fishponds was covered by cement to create more building space on the island. We also found how sand island had a huge flat reef that people could walk along, but it was dug out by the military.

I was happy with how we were blessed and asked to call upon one of our ancestors to stand with us during the ceremony. Also while participating it was the first time I felt connected to my islands, water, and home, with this offering to our ocean to help keep her clean and happy. I think it’s important to spread this feeling and share it with others of the younger generation so we can save mother earth for the future.

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