Blog Break and Thursdays with Lou

Block break was short and sweet.

Our entire `Ohana stayed in Maui, minus John and Krysden. We split into 3 groups with our cars stuffed with food, supplies, and luggage. You could say, we really put our expert Tetris stacking skills to use. Two out of the 3 block break groups stayed at Wai’anapanapa camp grounds, which was awesome-sauce! This campsite was as fancy as a campsite could get, it was fully equipped with soft green grass that was relatively flat to sleep on, indoor plumbing, and cold showers. There was also a black sand beach filled with 3-inch long centipedes just a few minutes away that you could walk down to. This my friend, is what the fancy folks call glamping (glamorous camping). Basically, let me sum up the block breaks into single testimonies from representatives of each block break group.


Block Break Group 1’s representative Mary Catherine Reinthal says, “I liked sleeping on the beach.”

Block Break Group 2’s representative Christina Ann Harden says, “Abby was a better driver than Alex. Oh, and watch out for rainbow fish, they are too close for comfort.”

Block Break Group 3 stayed at a hotel for the duration of the block break being tourists.

Anywhos, they say pictures are worth a thousand words. So, Emma out **drops mic**.

February 19th-February 21st
One class ends and another class begins. The first day of a new class begins with trips to various outcrops of different ages where the `Ohana closely observed the outcrop to attempt to figure out what processes may have occurred to give it the present day appearance. This first day was a warm up for the real task at hand, going up to Kohala Mountain to install loggers and measure the pH of soil and water. Our Kumu Lou Derry takes us to Kohala Mountain to install loggers at various GPS coordinates on the Kohala climate gradient to monitor humidity, temperature, light, and moisture for each individual site. This project would require 2 days to complete. Along with installing loggers, we also took the pH of soil samples at each stop. The procedure was hard work, but nothing our `Ohana could not accomplish.

After completing these large holes, we collected soils at 10 cm and 50 cm at each site to measure the pH values. The results were that the soil pH of the areas were never higher than 5.4, which indicated more acidic soil conditions. We would also install in the loggers near the edge of each soil pit.

Christina Harden and Eric Nunez La-Fontaine install some loggers

Christina Harden and Eric Nunez La-Fontaine install some loggers

This experiment took the course of 2 days to complete. After installing in all the loggers, we filled back in the hole and headed back down Kohala Mountain. Now it was a matter of waiting and checking in on the data of the loggers in March when Kumu Lou resumes his Biogeochemistry class.
To reflect on these 3 days with Kumu Lou, I must say that I came out of the class learning a lot more than I expected for just spending 3 days on course materials. The material at occasions got intense, but needless to say, there was still time for some fun shenanigans.

Ohana shaka-ing down Kohala Mountain

Ohana shaka-ing down Kohala Mountain

Till next time Kohala Mountain
Gossip Squirrel
-Emma Zheng


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