Makali’i Senior Captain Chadd Paishon explains the canoe’s rigging to Waimea Country School students. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WCS FOR NHN)
Makali’i Senior Captain Chadd Paishon, left, explains to Waimea Country School students Mia Horton and Nina Gonzales how to use the hoe, or paddle, to steer the canoe. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WCS FOR NHN)
Waimea Country School students Ethan Levine, Nina Gonzales, Nicholas Barrick, and Michayla Swanson sit on the safety net at the front of the Makali’i during a recent learning trip as part of their study of navigation and voyaging. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WCS FOR NHN)
Waimea Country School’s fourth and fifth grade students recently visited the Makali‘i, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s third voyaging canoe, as part of their history and social studies class. Students were able to explore the vessel and talk to Master Navigators Shorty Bertelmann and Chadd Paishon about their experiences aboard the Makali’i and her ocean voyages.
The fourth and fifth grade curriculum includes Polynesian migration and voyaging, with a focus on how Hawaii was first settled and how the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Hokule’a helped to inform and deepen our understanding of that settlement.