Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monk Seals

Sunday night we went to Poipu Beach to watch the sunset.  When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw on the beach.  There was a sea turtle and a monk seal with her baby!  The sea turtle appeared to be sleeping and soaking up the last rays of sun. Luckily for us, the monk seals had a little more energy.  They are the most adorable and hilarious creatures to watch.  When they get into the water it kind of looks like they are doing the worm, and then they were just roll around in the waves.  I don't usually consider myself much of an animal person, but it was so much fun to watch the seals!

 What a cute face!



Mama and baby.

Here is a link to a video we took of the monk seals:


- Emilie

Camping Under the Stars

I know we have posted a few times about Polihale, but  it is because we love it so much there!  It is the farthest west you can go on the island, which works out good on a Friday night because I work at the farthest west city on the island (so I am already pretty close).  Cory picked me up from work last Friday and we drove the last 30 minutes to the end of the road where the beach starts.  It was like a mini-vacation.  We saw the most unusual sunset.  The sun was glowing pure red and looked huge!  The pictures don't do it justice.

 This is my ideal Friday night!

Just imagine the sun looking bright red!

We had our tent set-up and ready to go... but we ended up sleeping out under the stars (which are incredible out here).  

- Emilie

Merrie Monarch 2012

The Merrie Monarch Hula competition took place last week on the Big Island.  Below are links to videos of my halau's performances (no I was not in it)!  I think the dances are very impressive, it makes me feel lucky to have practiced with such talented girls, especially because when I started, I didn't no anything about hula.  Sadly,  I'm not sure if I can continue dancing because I don't want to overdo myself with grad school starting in a few weeks... plus, I would be missing quite a bit of practices because of our traveling this summer.


The link below is the kahiko (traditional/ancient style) dance.  They are wearing skirts made out of ti leaves.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYXzGb_8C2Q

The next link is the auana (modern) dance.  They are wearing the world famous Niihau-Shell Leis.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNqcTJ2Q5qY&feature=related

The following link is of a solo done by one of the girls in my halau.  She competed in the "Miss Aloha Hula Competition"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6YyAlp49g


If anyone has any questions about Merrie Monarch or hula in general, feel free to comment!  Until I came here, I had a completely different idea of what hula dancing was.  I hope you enjoyed the videos!

- Emilie

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

School Update

Some of the students at my school go back and forth between the islands of Kauai and Niihau.  There is a school on Niihau that they attend while they are there. Students seem to go to Niihau unexpectedly and then return unexpectedly as well.  Two of my students have been on Niihau for over a month, and one just returned this week!  She told me that she had a great time with her family and friends on Niihau; she picked shells, went swimming, and went to school (of course).  However, my class and I are very happy to have her back!

It is hard to believe that we only have a little over a month left of the school year!  I already have a list of things to do/remember for next year. 

- Emilie

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  We went to the sunrise church service this morning.  I was proud of myself (and Cory) for getting out of bed so early on the weekend!  At our church, you really don't have to dress up.  It is common to see guys wearing their bathing suits with a t-shirt, shorts, tank-tops, you name it.  Since it was Easter, I decided to dress up for once.  I wore a pink skirt, and Cory said it made me look like an Easter egg, but that's okay. The service was held at Koloa Park, under a pavilion.  It was a really nice service, but a little chilly outside!  Although it was a very pretty setting with the mountains in the back-ground.  After church there was a pot-luck and an Easter egg hunt for the kids.  All we brought for the pot-luck was colored eggs.  I miss all of my kitchen supplies!  Cooking is not as fun when you only have one small bowl and one pot (basically we have the necessities).  I am excited for the day when I can finally use our wedding gifts!  We will probably bring some things back with us when we return from our Michigan trip this summer.

Some of my students mentioned that they were going to participate in an under-water Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club!  Sounds like fun!  I'm thinking that it must be in a pool, or a very calm and protected swimming area in the ocean.  It seems like the ocean would wash away the eggs before the kids could find them though! 

- Emilie

Lihue Cinema

Last night we went to our first movie in over a year! We saw "American Reunion". We thought we knew where he movie theater was, turns out we didn't. In Lihue there is a building that looks like an old style movie theater, with movie posters out front. That is the old location and now it is some kind of aparments. The theater is actually across the street from the mall (I can't believe we didn't notice it before). It is kind of run down, but the price was good. Surprisingly, they only accept cash. It was definitely not AMC 20 style, but not bad either. It is the only "regular" theter on the island. There is one in Waimea that shows only one movie a week, I think. When we got here they were playing Jurrassic Park...so apparently they show old movies too. The only other place to see a movie is called "Sunset Cinema" which is an outdoor theater in Kapa'a. However, they don't have movies shown regularly. I'm pretty sure they don't have new releases either. So if there is anyone out there who wants to live on Kauai and loves to go to the movies, you should probably live near Lihue! -Emilie