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Parker School fourth graders hike Pu‘u Hoku‘ula

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Parker Ranch land manager Brandi Beaudet leads Parker School fourth graders on a hike to the top of Puu Hokuula.

Parker Ranch land manager Brandi Beaudet leads Parker School fourth graders on a hike to the top of Pu‘u Hoku‘ula.

On September 27th, Parker School fourth graders enjoyed a special opportunity to hike Pu’u Hoku’ula in Waimea. Parker Ranch land manager Brandi Beaudet led the students, their teacher Tanya Everts, and several parent chaperones up the large hill many people refer to as Buster Brown.

“Students in fourth grade learn about Hawaii, and I felt hiking up Hoku’ula was a great opportunity to get to know a bit more about Waimea and it’s history,” said Everts.

Beaudet taught the students and encouraged them to use the proper Hawaiian names for the major Kohala Mountain hills such as Pu’u Hoku’ula, Pu’u Owa’ owaka, Pu’u Ki, and P’uu Haloa.

At the top of Hoku’ula, the fourth graders sat riveted as Beaudet also shared the exciting story of the great battle that took place in Waimea between the armies of Chief Lonoikamakahiki of Hawaii and Chief Kamalalawalu of Maui, and how Lonoikamakahiki prevailed.

Parker Ranch land manager Brandi Beaudet recounts the vivid story of the battle between Chiefs Lonoikamakahiki and Kamalalawalu for Parker School fourth graders.

Parker Ranch land manager Brandi Beaudet recounts the vivid story of the battle between Chiefs Lonoikamakahiki and Kamalalawalu for Parker School fourth graders.

“Following the hike, Everts said, “Students were having fun remembering the names of the surrounding pu’u and recounting the battle with Kamalalawalu that Brandi shared with them. They were also excited to learn about the meaning of Waimea and the story behind that.”

Fourth grader Sean Frogley said, “I like how he (Beaudet) talked about the war story and that we were sitting right where the war was.”
“Parker Ranch believes that outreach is a very important aspect of its operations,” said Beaudet. “What better way to do this than by periodically guiding student groups onto our surrounding lands and sharing, not only the operational aspects of the ranch, but also the richness of the culturally significant locations and traditions that our lands hold.”

For more information, please visit the Parker School website at www.parkerschool.net.

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