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June 21, 2015

Father’s Day!

Parker Webber, St. John's College, NM

Aloha Aina

Imagine you are fast asleep until you suddenly awake in a small bunk, tossed by a large swell, and you instantly remember that you are on a dark ship in the middle of the ocean. This is how I welcomed in my 20th birthday on June 21st, by scrambling to gather myself and make it on deck for Mid-Watch,  from 2300 to 0300. It felt surreal as I made my way through the galley and onto the deck of the Robert C. Seamans, making sure not to be toppled over by the constant ebbing and flowing of the ship.


June 20, 2015

Welcome to the ship!

Brenda Jensen, Hawaii Pacific University, Aloha 'Aina faculty

Aloha Aina

Today the students officially transitioned study from the land to the ocean. After a tour of the ship and watch assignments yesterday, the students completed orientation with several stations of safety training and emergency drills today.  Around 1400 we left the HPU campus from the Aloha Tower Pier in Honolulu with the trades in our sails and a very respectable swell beneath us.


June 20, 2015

Day 18 - SEA COMPONENT - Welcome Aboard!

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist, Associate Professor of Oceanography for Sea Education Association

Aloha Aina

Welcome to the SSV Robert C. Seamans and the sea component portion of our cruise.  The students of the HPU/SEA Aloha ‘Aina program, class S-260 have all safely arrived to the ship and are now exploring their new home.  Where is my bunk, what is a head (bathroom) and how does it work (imagine an airplane restroom).  Where do I fill my water bottle and most importantly, is there coffee!  All these questions and more are being asked and answered by the professional SEA crew and HPU faculty that are joining us on this voyage.


June 18, 2015

Field Trip to Hulopo’e Beach

Maria Jose Fernandez, New York University

Aloha Aina

Heeeeeey Main landers! I am writing this as we fly back from Hawai’i to O’ahu to board our lovely ship, the SSV Robert C. Seamans. We cannot wait to meet her! Yet as we fly out of Hawai’i we get one last glimpse of Mauna Kea who reminds us of all that we lived yesterday.


June 13, 2015

Field Trip to Maunalei Watershed

Katherine Lawlor, American University

Aloha Aina

Hello out there to all our friends and family whom we are all missing dearly! Today we started out early, as usual, and drove to the Maulalei to learn about the watershed, or ‘ahupua’a, from Kepa. The drive itself was quite interesting as we weaved through an extremely dry area with desert like vegetation (shrubs and trees) on a twisty, bumpy road.


June 12, 2015

Field Trip to Hulopo’e Beach

Dejah Powell, Cornell University

Aloha Aina

Hi! My names Dejah, I’m from Chicago, Illinois and am a rising sophomore at Cornell University and I’m writing today’s blog. The previous day, we went up into the mountains and were taught by students from the Lana’i elementary and high school about the pine trees and different aspects of the ecosystem as we hiked up into mountains. Today we had the opportunity to teach many those same students about topics we were pretty familiar with, which included coral reefs, the nitrogen cycle (and how that connects the land to the sea), fish dissections, island geology, and tide pool biodiversity.


June 11, 2015

Field Trip to Lana’i Hale mountain peak

Haines Duff, Stevens Institute of Technology

Aloha Aina

This morning started with an early hike to a historic fog drip station on the Lana’i Hale peak. There we were able to learn alongside native Lana’i students, discussing issues surrounding invasive plant growth and controversial historic land management, making connections between what we’ve been discussing in the classroom and the effects on the surrounding community.


June 07, 2015

Field Trip to Waimanalo Beach

Robert Ramos, Wesleyan University

Aloha Aina

Today we embarked on our second field trip of our SEA Semester program. After heading into the field and getting our hands dirty by taking measurements of a stream in Waimea Valley yesterday, I was super excited to see what this day had in store for us. On top of everything, today was actually my birthday, which made me that much more excited! We went to Waimanalo Beach on the island of O’ahu to explore an example of the island’s coral reef ecosystem. Once there, our TA Catherine sat us down on the edge of a gorgeous looking beach with crystal clear blue water to explain to us the basics of a coral reef ecosystem.


June 06, 2015

Field trip to Waimea Valley

Katie Hoots, Vassar College

Aloha Aina

When we went to Waimea Valley, we were able to see and experience in person a taste of the ancient Hawai’ian culture and practices that we had studied in the classroom. Every person we talk to enriches our understanding of the deep connections between the resource management and spirituality of the ancient Hawai’ian’s. Kaila Alva (education and outreach coordinator), who works at Waimea Valley, taught us about the sacredness and importance of the Ahupua’a watershed system and the work that she and others are doing to preserve it today.


June 05, 2015

Aloha ‘Aina, Hawaii Pacific University, SEA Semester, Day 2

Tina Perry, Marygrove College

Aloha Aina

Day two was met with a clear sky and the presence of sunshine, a nice change from the abundant rains of the windward side of the island of O’ahu that we experienced yesterday. The dorm was buzzing this morning as we all started settling into new routines in our unfamiliar territory and prepared for our impending twelve hours of classroom time. Our captain, Sean, presented our first task as he introduced us to the art of charting and navigation in a manner that did not require a satellite or GPS.


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