Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Day at He'eia

Where the Sidewalk Ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends

Shel Silverstein

To be free from stress and greed, we enter a community that expresses love and gratitude towards the land that has raised us throughout our lives.  Showing our appreciation and fondness for the land,  LAIP interns assisted Danielle with her research in hopes of helping Paepae o He'eia replenish a pond that dates back to ancient Hawaiian times. 

Enjoy the movie and the short poem! 

~Michelle V. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A bad day to be a Samoan Crab.

Tuesday 3-26-13.
Today was Hi'ilei's day to put our science research aside and learn from her. We began the day, by picking up crab pots that were previously set throughout the pond.
 -The bait smelled extra Fantastic today-

Two good sized keepers!
Deadliest Catch : He'eia EditionAfter getting back on dry land and throwing the crabs into ice. Hi'ilei began a throw net lesson. After each of us practiced the technique on land. She directed us towards the wall to do the real thing and catch some mullet. -Jake-

 A bad day to be a crab.

Spring Break 3-23-13 Session

This particular Saturday landed on a work day at the He'eia Fishpond. After a brief history presenstation and a tour of the pond. We set to work manuelly loading rock and coral, on to barges and floating them to the far side of the wall, past the ocean break. There has been an on-going restoration of the wall. The rock and coral will eventually be used to restore the wall where mangrove once took over. Despite non-stop rain, It was still nice being out on the water. Our day was cut short after lunch, because Auntie Donnie was not able to make it to the pond.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Lab Day!

Again, I am stuck with the lab day. It's alright there is a lot to learn on these days. Our tasks included Tiff, Michelle, Christian and I finishing up on some of the TSS filtering for the month. The filters did not seem to like us this time around either and continued to take forever. This was probably the most frustrating part of the afternoon.

Michelle getting creative with the camera while we wait for the water to filter. 
Christian setting up his rigs.

Protocol for filtering.
Tiff's face says, Maybe some sweet talk and coaxing with make the water filter faster!

Danielle and Christian.
Sherene weighing previous filter samples.

while the water was filtering, Jake was put to the task of creating standards of silicate.

The varying concentrations of silicate (0, 5, 10, 25, 60)


Tiff on her handy dandy calculator watch to determine the calculations for the standards.

Laura caught while Danielle explains how to make the standards to Jake and Pua.

Pua and Kīna'u measuring the chlorophyl.

Overall a pretty normal day in the lab. Hopefully the filters will cooperate for the next month. I apologize on the very brief account of this day.