Friday, March 25, 2016
Talking Story #SOL16 Day 26
We all learn from stories, so as we set out for our tour of the north shore of Oahu we listened. We talked stories. And through our stories we learned.
Among the first stories Pualani wanted to talk is the story of Pearl Harbor and the circumstances that gave context to that infamous moment in history. Pualani tested our knowledge of history, including our awareness of Matthew Perry's role in forcing Japan to open in 1853. This event set the stage for the attack.
Throughout our tour, Pualini fed us the stories of Hawaii. We learned about the history of pineapple growing and visited the Dole plantation.
Pualini wanted to make sure we tasted all the flavors of Hawaii, so she shared pineapple sprinkled with Li Hing Mui powder and insisted we try some. We can buy it at Costco if we want some Hawaiian flavor at home.
Agriculture played a major theme in our day with Pualini, and we quite enjoyed learning about growing apple bananas and papayas at a small farm where Daniel taught us about crop rotation and the challenges facing Hawaiian agriculture.
Pualani did not limit her stories to history; she told us about her family's role in protecting the north shore, the homeless issue facing Hawaii, and poverty as an ever present threat.
Pualina, story talker extraordinaire, made my heart sing when she turned to me and said, "Ms. Funk, I have a lot of books in my bag that I think will interest you." She had been pulling books out one by one throughout the day and using them to support her stories.