A superstar lineup of Hawaiian watermen and cultural practitioners joined us for a weeklong program of work, play, and education
Surfing and Canoe Surfing with Kai Lenny
Widely known as one of the world’s most complete watermen, Lenny learned to surf on Maui when he was just four years old. At Ukumehame Beach, where he rode his first waves, Lenny shared his passion for ocean preservation and took the Project Venture group out canoe surfing. They also received surf lessons. Joining for the day was Denby Freeland of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, who shared her manaʻo (knowledge) about Maui’s coastal wetlands and took the group to see the island’s largest wetland.
SUP and Supsquatch with Zane Schweitzer
After learning about the perils of marine debris from Schweitzer, the group was able to clear out a hefty ghost net left on the beach for months. Then, Schweitzer took the group in shifts to catch waves in a Supsquatch. They also learned to paddle board, many for the first time ever. Schweitzer is a world-champion waterman, author, and environmentalist.
Loʻi Workday and Snorkeling and Kayaking with Archie Kalepa
Kalepa brought the group to his family’s loʻi in West Maui, where his ʻohana planted the first taro in the area in over 100 years. As the children worked in the loʻi, they learned about the importance of mauka to makai connectivity. They finished the day snorkeling in Mala, where water from the loʻi flows when the streams are healthy. Kalepa is a legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard rescue captain, and has sailed to Tahiti on both Hōkūleʻa and Hawai‘iloa.
Kōʻieʻie Fishpond and Outrigger Canoe with Vene Chun
Chun taught Hawaiian protocol and shared the cultural history and value of the Kōʻieʻie Fishpond. The group helped restore the rock wall in the fishpond, then enjoyed an outrigger canoe paddle, before ending the day with mele (music) and talk story. A Hawaiian cultural practitioner, Chun is an important figure in the restoration of the Kōʻieʻie Fishpond and a master of the sailing canoe.