About the Camp


The Miloli‘i Lawai‘a 'Ohana Camp is working to support the following objectives that are shared with Conservation International, the Lawai‘a 'Ohana Camp and Hawai‘i Fish Trust Programs. They are as follows:

  1. Support hands on learning experiences that allow families and communities to teach each other about fishing practices and marine ecology in their area.
  2. Learn more about Miloli‘i‘s fishing families, their needs and desires as a foundation for advancing the effective management of the Miloli‘i Marine Managed Area.
  3. Increase voluntary compliance with existing marine policies by strengthening the connection of youth, families, and kupuna to sustainable fisheries management.

Activities for the 2012 Miloli‘i Lawai‘a 'Ohana Camp are:

  1. Multi-Media Training
  2. Rules & Regulations
  3. Opihi Anatomy/Information/Project
  4. Mo‘olelo
  5. Hula/Oli
  6. 'Olelo Hawai‘i
  7. Limu & Fish Anatomy
  8. Basket Weaving
  9. Community Service - Clean area of alkaline pond
  10. 'Opelu Fishing Preparation
  11. Fish Counting
  12. Cross-net Demonstration

Subject Description:

  1. Multi-Media Training - Participants will learn how to utilize modern media technology such as camcorders, digital still cameras and laptops (iPhoto, Keynote software) to properly document traditional knowledge. Participants will be taught numerous ways to use the information that is gathered from videos or photos for educational purposes (i.e., slideshow, photo editing, identification cards, story, PSA, documentary, books, music)
  2. Rules & Regulations -The youths and families will be exposed to the latest rules and regulations regarding fishing in the State of Hawaii. Officials from DLNR/DAR/DOCARE will provide our participants insight on the rules that protect our aquatic life as well as the regulations that allow us to practice fishing in Miloli‘i and throughout the state. This information is always informative as many of our participants are avid fisherman and are keen to protecting the ocean and its wildlife.
  3. 'Opihi Anatomy/Information/Project - Participants will learn about the three main species of 'opihi found in the area; its characteristics and habitat, protocol for gathering 'opihi and traditional usage. A hands-on activity will give participants an opportunity to create an 'opihi shell necklace to remind them of their accomplishments.
  4. Mo‘olelo - Küpuna and native/local fishermen will share mo‘olelo (stories) of growing up and the different types of fishing they‘ve done. Participants will learn about traditional fishing practices from stories. They would also learn about ancient legends of different fishes and god (Kanaloa) of fishing. Connection between marine species and land animals/plants. Medicinal usage of marine species. Seasons for feeding and gathering certain species. In the evening camp participants will be taught the basics of Hawaiian astronomy, the stars, the moon, the constellations, navigational waypoints and how these factor in to the fishing practices we use during the day and night. Seasons for feeding and gathering certain species. With permission, stories will be documented for family and educational use ONLY!
  5. Hula & Oli - Traditional Hula will be taught to the ohana at this year‘s camp. The youth participating will perform special songs for Miloli‘i and will perform it at the lu‘au on Friday. As part of our vibrant Hawaiian culture and in our efforts to perpetuate the hula we have decided to dance 'Aina o Milolii composed by Kuana Torress Kahele. Oli protocol will be implemented this year as part of our efforts to create an oli specific to Miloli‘i. Our Oli will speak about Miloli‘i and all the beauty it has to offer.
  6. 'Olelo Hawai‘i - The Hawaiian language is a cornerstone to our Native Hawaiian people. Through our language, we have Life. The Lawai‘a camp will incorporate 'Olelo in all levels from basic words to conversations in Hawaiian. We will have stories told in Hawaiian. Our goal is to keep the Hawaiian language alive and our hope is to one day, have a fluent community of native Hawaiian speakers. This camp will continue to implement the language as much as possible.
  7. Limu & Fish Anatomy - This year the Haumana will learn about the many types of Limu and will have a specific project to restore Limu in Milolii. The hope is that we can identify the different species of Limu and be able to find a way to repopulate the limu in Milolii. The camp will also focus on fish anatomy as a focal point to protecting our precious resources.
  8. Basket Weaving - The participants will make baskets out of coconut leaf. This specific project will teach the 'ohana about the different uses of the coconut plant. The instructor will show and demonstrate how to weave the basket and will then have the participants make their own basket. They will actually be able to use the basket during some of our projects through out the camp.
  9. Community Service -The participants will help clean the park as a community service project. We will beautify our community-gathering place and will give back to Milolii as it has allowed us to use the village park as host of the 2012 camp. Alternative community service project is cleaning the alkaline ponds in the village area. We would have the children clean the pond by removing rubbish, rocks, and debris from the pond. The goal is to restore the pond back to a living and breathing pond for our aquatic life as well as punawai for the community members to enjoy.
  10. 'Opelu Fish Preparation - 'Opelu fishing is a unique lifestyle to Miloli‘i, stories throughout history documents the rich 'opelu ko'a (fishing grounds) in Miloli‘i. Participants will learn the traditional practices in Miloli‘i, starting with raising 'opelu. The haumana will learn how to make the palu(chum). Participants will use still-digital cameras and video's cameras to document this unique tradition we have here.
  11. Fish Count - Biological fish counting is a crucial project that will help our participants get first hand experience on the current state of the numbers of our aquatic life. The goal this year is to count the Paku‘iku‘i and other reef fish under the sea. The reason we choose the Paku‘iku‘i is because it is a favorite fish among the villagers and more so it is the one fish that many community members are concerned about. Hopefully out of this fish counting project we can know more about the numbers we see and hopefully we can go in front of Miloli‘i bay and Honomalino bay to compare the numbers.
  12. Cross-net Demonstration - Participants will learn about the numerous nets used by native fishermen to gather mea‘ai (food) from the sea. Learn how to properly use each net, materials used to make each net, what types of fish is caught with each net, and net/catching laws/regulations. A hands-on activity will give participants an opportunity to use the nets and gather fish for eating purposes.