Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Feeling more at home

It's been nearly a year since I've moved to Hawai'i. I had a really rough start and it didn't get better until a couple months ago. This past summer has been an awesome experience! It uplifted me, a wake up call, telling me to enjoy my life every minute possible. With the school year on a roll, I'm super excited for my future.. I feel great about my life! I'm not letting anyone bring me down. This is the year to shine :). I've got two more years of high school then I'm off to college.

Just for your brief info on my classes this year. I am taking:
Algebra 2
English 11
Marie Science
World History

I currently have 15 credits going into my Junior year.. Which means, I'm 3 credits ahead of my class. The minimum requirement to graduate at Kealakehe High School is 24. I'm on a roll..

If you guys haven't noticed, I changed the name of my blog to mylene's rock. It used to be mylene rocks. I know you're probably thinking, it's not that much of a change. BUT the concept is different. Mylene's rock is my way expressing that wherever Mylene is, that's her rock, her home. I've learned that I can't keep my mind stuck on one place, it holds me back and sets me on the wrong road. If I simply accept the change and be happy about where I came from and where I am now then I will be able to set my mind on the right road. I appreciate everything that my friends, family, and the people from Saipan and the rest of the Northern Mariana islands have done to educate me and help me become the person I am today. I will forever cherish the great moments I had on that island.

"It is so important to be aware of where you're at and be focus on where you're going but, more importantly, never forget where you came from..." -Unknown

Today is officially my sixteenth birthday! ...Saipan time ofcourse. I've got a couple more hours, Hawai'i time. I'm a proud CNMI born =).

Miss you guys! Love you all!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

They saved the best for last, Kaho'olawe!

Our last week of HYCC and we were fortunate enough to spend it on the beautiful island of Kaho'olawe! This week, we were with the Lana'i Team, Oahu B Team, and the KIRC Crew. It was nice mingling with other groups, we became really close with them throughout the week.

Big Island to O'ahu. O'ahu to Maui. Maui to Kaho'olawe.

An hour boat ride from Maui to Kaho'olawe

Greetings from the bombs that lay on Kaho'olowe
This week was amazing. With the amount of people we had, we did a lot of work and had so much fun! We were divided into two groups. One group did erosion control by laying coconut husk mats with mulch and seeds under it at certain area. They also picked lots and lots of seeds, mostly A'ali'i Seeds. The other group weed whacked an area, chopped down some trees, and moved a huge tank. All together, we did some weeding, chopped some Kiawe branches, and spread seeds.

Our site manager, Jackson.

Jackson and along with the KIRC Crew taught us a lot. They made sure that our visit to Kaho'olawe was unforgettable, and believe me, it was. From learning about the stars, learning about the shark god, learning about the navigators spot, to going up to the two highest peaks on the island, and greeting the sun with a chant. Also, allowing us to go swimming everyday after work and feeding us great meals everyday! Thank you Jackson and KIRC!

Dusty, dusty, dusty

Kona Cru left their offerings before departing the island

Our ride back.. I couldn't stop smiling.. I was enjoying our last moments with HYCC! I will never forget the past 6 weeks. I will never forget the memories. All the sweat, tears, laughs, drama, and hard work were all worth it! This has been one of the best experiences I've had and the best summer so far. Thank you HYCC for giving each and everyone of us such an amazing opportunity to work the lands of Hawai'i. I cherished every moment of it.

HYCC Internship Week 5

Another week at a new place. So it's time for something new.. We worked at a dryland forest last week and now we're going to the south of Kona to work at a wetland forest called, Kona Hema.

This week, we worked with site manager Eldridge for two days and along with him were 4 college students that are working at Kona Hema for the summer. It was really cool working with them. Two of them go to Stanford, so they were really smart and knew what they were doing.

We planted 500 native species and sickled and pick axed around ferns for an experimental project that the college students were doing. We worked our muscles this, or atleast the ones that pick axed. Hey, I love my sickle!

Kona Hema has a really beautiful forest. It is filled with so much native plants and my favorite, Ohia Lehua, was everywhere! It really nice watching the stars during the night.. We got to see the Milky Way and all the Constellations! I will miss the time when I was hiding way from everyone in the forest and when me and Taylor would go out plum picking :)

We got to stay at this really cool cabin. There were two rooms, a kitchen, bathroom and restroom outside, and a really nice porch.

Ahh, even a comfy futon couch!

One room at had 6 bunk beds, which was where the boys slept in.

Then the other room with 4 bunks. The girls slept here and Ryan did too! Oh Ryan! He just loves us girls :)

Ahh, the kitchen. I think this was my favorite place in the house. I cooked two dinners in here and something very interesting happened with the fire place on the first night. Remember guys? *wink

I think this is one of my favorite pictures of us! We look so cute! We finally put good use to our rain gear. Thanks HYCC! Although, some people's tore after the first day.. It still helped. My legs weren't wet and cold. Although, my boots were still soaking wet! Thank G we had the fire place. It helped warm up our boots and it felt so good to put it on!

Kona Hema is one of my favorite forest in Kona. I really do hope to go back there and see all the plants that we planted. Maybe even check out the cave that we never got to go into! Thanks guys for putting up with us!