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Students do big things on Hawaii's smallest populated island

Image source: Lanai Culture & Heritage Center Image source: Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
Image source: Lanai Culture & Heritage Center Image source: Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
LANAI (HAWAIINEWSNOW) -

By: Jamie Lee

Lanai students are taking part in a culturally-rich educational summer program.

Since June, 27 teens from Hawaii’s smallest populated island have been participating in E 'Ike Hou Ia Lanai" (To Know Lanai Once Again), a curriculum run by the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

So far, they have engaged in various activities, including the restoration of a traditional loi, the rival of an 800 year old fishpond, and
the composition of an original song with the help of musician, Matt Sproat.

The program is designed to encourage leadership, cultural awareness and conservation. "Our goal was to show our youth how much knowledge was in the aina and inspire them to discover their own amazing talents, which they did. They simply blew us away with their talent and passion," said Kepa Maly, the Executive Director of the program.

The program will round off on July 4 with a performance of the students' original song.

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