This spring, The Prep's second and third grades created an authentic lūʻau to end the year. They invited 'ohana to experience what it might have been like to have an end of year celebration with Queen Emma herself. The two classes, led by first grade teacher Michele Zane and second grade teacher Michael Rickman, spent the spring semester visiting Ānuenue, a Hawaiian cultural immersion school. During the visits they learned about the native traditions, culture and language.
"Our students wanted to learn more about Queen Emma's culture, such as the food she ate and her customs," said Zane. "This luau was the perfect opportunity to teach the boys about their curiosities in a fun and memorable way."
To kick off the lūʻau festivities, the boys came out dancing hula to "We Know the Way," from Disney's "Moana" soundtrack. The song incorporated many things the boys learned this year, including hula, chant, mele and even sign language – a gift Mr. Rickman taught them. The performance, which took about 2 months to prefect, received cheers from faculty, staff and parents. The students also handmade many Hawaiian foods including kālua pork, chicken laulau, lūʻau(taro) leaves, and Hawaiian sweet potato.
With happy bellies and hearts full of aloha, the boys reminisced about Queen Emma and Hawaiian culture. It was an experience that won't soon be forgotten.