If we are doomed to another year with Furlough Fridays, I would like to see more creative solutions. Can we have the students learn about their own sense of place during time away from classroom instruction? Can we form a partnership with others in the community and local kūpuna to educate the keiki about the ahupua‘a system hands-on and in their own backyard?
It is a priceless lesson in culture, ecology, history, sustainability, hard work and teamwork that Hawai‘i as a state would be much richer for.
If there are lo‘i or fishpond or heiau that needs to be restored have community members and students work together to accomplish the project and perpetuate the culture. Protesting can be effective, but sometimes we need to move forward as a community to ensure we are using every resource to our best advantage.