With an hour of free time, we all immediately set out to explore the town. Of course many of us spent this time getting our favorite new treat that we discovered we arrived on the islands - acai bowls. After a delicious snack, both teams were off to the first activity of the day.
First up was the speaker Mikahala Roy. We learned a lot about Mikahala's past and how she was tasked with taking care of her family's sacred space. Her claim created a rocky relationship with the Hawaiian government and with the current owners of the hotel where the sacred space is located. She was even kind enough to lead us through her sacred chants and songs while leading us to her Heiau. She left us with kind words and feelings of hope about the future of Hawaii.
The boat trip started off on a high note when we got to ride by a pod of at least 20 dolphins! Soon after, we were in the water snorkeling at our first stop - and we learned that some of us should stick to tennis instead of swimming.
A little later we got back on the boat, and with a few stops along the rest of our ride, we arrived at the highlight of the snorkel trip. We all quickly hopped into the bay and raced to see who could see all of the fish our captain had enthusiastically taught us about.
After a couple hours in the water and a long day, we headed back to meet our bus.