All About the Hōkūle‘a’s Upcoming Worldwide Voyage -- A Hangout with Miki Tomita

University Laboratory Public Charter School teacher and Hōkūle‘a crew member Miki Tomita agreed to hang out with Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA panelists* to talk about the Hōkūle‘a’s World Wide Voyage 2014-2017. What an eye opener!

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Background: The Polynesian Voyaging Society built the Hōkūle‘a ("Star of Gladness") in 1973 for scientific inquiry.
"How did the Polynesians discover and settle small islands in ten million square miles of ocean, geographically the largest “nation” on earth? How did they navigate without instruments, guiding themselves across ocean distances of 2500 miles?" mo'olelo
Nainoa Thompson is the Society's highly esteemed president.

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The hangout

First of all, Miki showed us this inspiring 6-minute video from the Hōkūle‘a crew.

Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom, Ocean Connections, Global Lessons 
from Hōkūle‘a Crew on Vimeo.
Miki's information-packed slide presentation starts at 28:29: (12 min.)
Miki talks about the project she's involved with: connecting school gardens around the world with the Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage, starting at 41:05: (9 min.)
Here's the full hangout:

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Technology: One of the most interesting things about the Hōkūle‘a's upcoming Worldwide Voyage is the abundance of technology tied to the journey. The Hōkūle‘a itself will remain a non-instrument canoe. But its sister canoe Hikianalia is a fully-equipped vessel. 
Miki gives details in the Hangout about the technology involved, including documenting and archiving events via blogging and Google+ Hangouts.
According to Miki:
"Technology can be a bridge between our past and our future and help us critically think about all aspects of our lives."
Participation: These are ways students and teachers, as well as communities and organizations, can follow the Hōkūle‘a on its World Wide Voyage:
1. Bookmark According to Miki, everything will be housed at the website.
2. Subscribe to the Hōkūle‘a Calendar.
3. Like the Hokulea Crew's Facebook page.
4. Follow @HokuleaWWV on Twitter.
(Perhaps the crew will consider creating a public Google+ community as well, for in-depth discussions.)
Students and teachers looking to actively engage with the Worldwide Voyage can share their story or ask the crew a question. And educators can sign up to get email updates about educational opportunities for students and teachers.
Schools wanting to participate more fully can email Miki at or Jenna Ishii at

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Thoughts: Miki Tomita is a passionate educator, and her enthusiasm is infectious!
Thank you, Miki, for sharing your mana'o with the Google Rocks! panel, and we look forward to following and supporting the Hōkūle‘a on its three-year voyage and beyond. First departure: for Tahiti in May 2014.
*Thanks to +Michael Fricano II+Chad Nacapuy  +Anne Torige and +Michelle Carlson Colte for participating in the Hangout.

Reflecting on the 2013 Schools of the Future Conference in Honolulu -- 8 Takeaways

Over 1300 educators from public and private schools attended the 2013 Schools of the Future Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center, in Honolulu, on October 17 and 18, 2013.

Kudos to the organizers for a highly successful conference!

The conference opened with beautiful singing by
the Mililani High School Chorus, directed by Keane Ishi.

These are my 8 takeaways:

1. The SotF mobile app, via Guidebook, was incredibly useful.

2. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening keynote speech: "Two Education Paradigms: What Defines and How to Create a World Class Education"Dr. Yong Zhao was entertaining and thought-provoking. He peppered his speech with solid research. The bottom line of his speech was that we should instill within our children an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit, for the good of the world.

3. I attended the "Digital Citizenship and Digital Natives" session about Kamehameha Middle Schools' Digital Curriculum. ... Digital citizenship is taught in the advisory program and embedded in the curriculum ... I was surprised to find out that iSafe has a Hawaiian Curriculum! ... I loved that Kamehameha is thinking of having eighth graders teach seventh graders about digital citizenship.

3. "Connecting Learners in a Connected World: The Future is Now". I liked how Brian Lewis connected the world of education as his mother knew it to the present day.

4. "Next Generation Librarian Institute". I loved being part of the discussion of how teacher-librarians can "continue to play a critical and essential role in student achievement." A working rubric of the roles librarians play was distributed and discussed. I'll be able to use this information for our school's upcoming accreditation study.

5. Professor of Education at Stanford University and renowned researcher Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond's keynote speech "Creating Schools of the Future" was meaty. Dr. Darling-Hammond has written more than 400 books and I was fortunate to win a copy of Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and Be Able to Do, in a drawing at the end of the  conference! I'm adding the book to our library collection, for our faculty.

6. I attended "Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom, Ocean Connections, Global Lessons" about the Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage from 2012-2017.

How delightful it was to hear that the voyage is being documented with blogging and Google hangouts, to benefit the students of Hawaii.

One of the presenters, Miki Tomita of the University Lab School on O'ahu, will be a guest on our Google Rocks! Hawaii HOA on Tuesday, October 29, to talk about the voyage and also about the Hawaii School Peace Gardens. I am so thankful to have made this connection via Chad Nacapuy, technology integration specialist with the Hawaii Department of Education.

Google Rocks! HOA

7. "Like-Minded Session: Libraries". Lunch with teacher-librarian friends, both long-time and newly-found, was terrific! We had a wonderful time sharing stories and resources!

8. My presentation "Connecting with Google+ and Hangouts" went smoothly. (whew!)

Here is the Hangout On Air we did at the beginning of the session. Student Jasmine Doan and educators Annabelle Howard, JR Ginex-Orinion, and Elissa Malespina talked about how they use hangouts. So inspiring and fun!

Here is my slide presentation, with specific ideas for using Google+ and hangouts to connect:

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The 2013 Schools of the Future Conference was about connected educators, willing to share and eager to learn. I got a lot out of the conference and I'm happy to share.
It was fantastic to meet for the first time people I "see" on Twitter, and Google+. And I enjoyed touching bases with friends I've made over the years in the education field. 
Again, congratulations and mahalo to the organizers of the Schools of the Future conference. Job well done!

About Google Games and Two Conferences -- a Hangout by Hawaii Educators

This week in our Tuesday Google Rocks! Hangout On Air we talked about a few Google Games, and debriefed about the Schools of the Future Conference and Ed Camp Honolulu.

Panelists: Jody Brown, Michelle Carlson Colte, Michael Fricano II, Linda Lindsay, Chad Nacapuy, Anne Torige.

Check out our extensive links list at:


01:48 - A Google a Day - Michael Fricano II
10:42 - Google Inside Search Playground - Linda Lindsay
14:42 - GeoGuessr and the Games section of the Google Developer Showcase - Jody Brown
22:00 - Discussion of Schools of the Future Conference 10/17-18/13
36:29 - Discussion of EdCamp Honolulu 10/19/13

See the YouTube playlist of the HOAs we've done so far here.

If you would like to participate, please fill out the form below:


From Google Ideas: Conflict in a Connected World Summit, Oct. 20-22, 2013

This looks amazing! A summit to explore how digital technology affects conflict.

On October 20-22, "In partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation, Google Ideas hosts the 'Conflict in a Connected World' ... a 2-day summit focused on the intersection between physical and digital conflict."

Here's the kick-off video:

The hashtag to follow on both Google+ and Twitter is #ideassummit.
The best way to keep updated is to consult / follow the Google Ideas community@googleideas is on Twitter as well. (Twitter description: A think/do tank at Google. Google Ideas explores how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression.


Dear Students: Word to the Wise about Sharing Passwords -- a G+ Post from Google

Dear Students,

Google's Google+ post about passwords popped up in my notifications this morning, and this image caught my eye:

Google's Good to Know How to Stay Safe and Secure Online program is worth exploring and this post is a great place to start.

Other topics covered in Google's Online Safety program:

Yes, definitely good to know. 

Ms. Lindsay