Hōkūle‘a Celebration

Hōkūle‘a Celebration

Mahalo to Hōkūle‘a for all they are doing for Hawai’i.  We were extremely fortunate to have them visit us in Hilo and spend time with everyone.  They had a big day with over 2000 people touring their wa’a.  PUEO was humbled to be part of the event where we had hundreds of kids test their navigation skills with our underwater rover and we talked to many more about what we have been doing as an organization.  It was a fantastic day for everyone!...
Hōkūle‘a Celebration and Education Expo (Hilo 4/21/18)

Hōkūle‘a Celebration and Education Expo (Hilo 4/21/18)

Join us on April 21st 9am to 3pm at Hilo Bay Front by Suisan to celebrate Hōkūle‘a. We will have our booth setup complete with our underwater rover and educational information about our activities.  We look forward to seeing you there!...
Nā Kilo Event at Palekai is on for Oct. 21!

Nā Kilo Event at Palekai is on for Oct. 21!

Nā Kilo is our cultural science event to get students of all ages interested and excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM fields).  Hawaii has many activities going on all around the island which lead the world in many areas.  This event is a chance for those people who are involved in leading such endeavors to show the public the kind of science they are doing right here in Hawaii. We invite people, groups and companies from all over the island to join us.  So if you’re interested in participating, please contact us either through this site or on facebook or twitter.  The term Nā Kilo represents those who understand a certain field or trade to its fullest and most importantly expresses the ability to observe and to explore. Nā Kilo can represent the master as well as their learners in any given discipline. Perhaps you’ve not thought about all the STEM activities that take place in Hawaii but here are just a few we would like to highlight.  ...
PUEO’s List of Exceptions to the TMT Project

PUEO’s List of Exceptions to the TMT Project

We filed our expectations to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.  As we’ve stated publicly before we are in favor of the construction only if it is done in a way that benefits Hawaii.  To those ends we strongly feel the inclusion of our proposed additions should meet the needs of those concerned and insure a better future for our youth. Please take time to read our list of exceptions as filed with the court: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/mk/files/2017/08/814-PUEO-Exceptions.pdf Mahalo...
Stop Addressing Science and Culture as if They Are Separate Concepts

Stop Addressing Science and Culture as if They Are Separate Concepts

By Keahi Warfield, President of Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities, Inc. (PUEO) and Richard Ha, PUEO Board Member (orginally published in Star-Advertiser under title “Mauna Kea’s Future” June 28, 2017 with additions from Dan Ahuna) We were all so moved to watch the Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe Hōkūle‘a sail home from its amazing, three-year, educational Mālama Honua trip around the world. But that’s not the end, not of their journeys nor of other explorations and discoveries. There is so much more to learn, including from atop Maunakea, above the cloud line, where everything down below – Hilo, Kona, Waimea – falls away and you can peer into the universe. The telescopes are of great value. Through them, we look back in time just as the Kumulipo (Hawaiian creation chant) takes us back to darkness. Instead of the telescopes being Maunakea’s focal point, though, let’s create a cultural center there above the clouds – a center truly devoted to Hawaiians and our culture, one with Hawaiian architecture, values and tradition built into the design by cultural practitioners. It will honor the vastness of the Hawaiian culture in a way we aren’t currently doing. Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim calls this idea of a “World Park” upon Maunakea a “living museum of the people of the First Nation of Hawai‘i” and “an opportunity for Hawai‘i to be the center of discovery of mankind and of the universe.” Governor David Ige also supports this idea. The number of visitors to Maunakea keeps increasing each year, and by not providing a place that truly respects and shares our indigenous knowledge to educate, we are...
Making Progress at Palekai

Making Progress at Palekai

Last Saturday we had another work day down at Palekai.  The Hokualaka‘i’s mast got a good sanding and a coat of sealer.  The paddling canoes got some needed attention and some new storage racks were setup in the container. It was also a good chance to see the Hikianalia, the sister ship to the Hokulea.  They were moored in Palekai to pick up previsions and ready the crew for a 2600 mile journey to Tahiti to take some repair supplies to Hokulea before they make their last leg back home completing their world circumnavigation in Hawaii.  They were happy to give short tours of the canoe as they made preparations to depart on the 26th.  You can follow their journey here:  http://www.hokulea.com/vessels/hikianalia/ Having the Hikianalia in the bay inspired all of us to keep working on the Hokualaka‘i’ and get her back in the water this year!    ...