Monday, March 18, 2013

Pacific Missile Range Facility Field Trip

I'm going to back track a little to before spring break.  I have not had any time to write lately because I've been so busy with my graduate classes. A few weeks ago I set up a field trip to the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) for the elementary students in my school.  I've been trying to expose students to future potential job opportunities and to make them more aware of what is around them.  We had a great time on the trip.  They took us to the fire station and let the kids climb into the fire trucks and turn on the lights and siren.  After, one of the firemen drove the truck and sprayed water out of it.  They also gave all the kids a plastic fire hat.

We also got to see these full-sized remote control boats that are used as targets for missile practice.  They let the children climb onto the boats and explore them.

This is where they launch missiles from.  We were not allowed to take a picture of the actual structure, but the view was awesome.

- Emilie

Spring Break 2013 - Zip-Lining and Boat Tour

Cory's dad is here visiting us!  He got here on Thursday and we have been busy ever since.  The first thing we did was go to the Ku I Ka Lono hula performance.  Last year it was on Oahu but this year it was on Kauai.  We saw several school's perform hula (including mine).

Over the weekend we went zip lining and on a boat tour. Cory's dad even went on the zip-line upside down (on purpose).  The boat tour didn't go to the Na Pali coast like usual because of dangerous ocean conditions, so we went to the south side of the island.  We saw lots of dolphins, turtles, manta ray, and whales.

We had something pretty unique happen with the whales, two of them were following our boat. According to the crew, the shadow of our boat resembles a whale because it is the same size. The whales that were following us thought that we were another whale.  They said the whales were "showing off" to try to get our attention.  The whales literally breached in front of us at least 15 times, if not more.  They also waved their fins at us, it was pretty cute.  Even the crew members were out taking pictures (and they are on the boat every day).

Here is a link to a video -- more to come later :)

Holo-Holo Boat Trip

- Emilie