Ian 'Akahi Masterson
tel: (808) 235-7331

Hawaii Cultural Tour Guide Training

This visitor industry workforce development training addresses the Hawai‘i tour guide narrative as more than just a tale woven for tips and applause from tourists. Learn to deliver a culturally appropriate, educational, and entertaining tour based on the Hawaiian ahupua‘a. Educate patrons by identifying important places as part of a greater system of Hawaiian knowledge that correctly explains the ecology found in each region visited. Study conceptual approaches to understanding land, sea, sky, and space in Hawai‘i. Four 2-hour evening classroom sessions provide visual presentation and discussion of topics related to cultural, eco-tourism. A driving tour of Ko‘olaupoko is scheduled in the last session that will apply the concepts learned in class.

Students who attend all sessions and participate in class activities will receive a Certificate of Professional Development from WCC. Limited enrollment. Please call (808) 235-7433 to register.

Touring Hawaiian Ahupua‘a

Session 1
An introduction to the Hawaiian ahupua’a as a natural watershed and a socioeconomic unit is given with emphasis on how our islands make us who we are. Discussion topics include protocol, cultural sensitivity, and appropriate behavior in sacred places with special people. Learn the importance of Hawaiian world view in defining sacred spaces and places, as well as in describing the landscape of our island home.

Voyages and Volcanoes

Session 2
This session looks at the geological history of the Hawaiian Islands as it is shared through Polynesian voyaging traditions.  Several cosmological chants concerning origins of the Hawaiian islands and people are discussed, as well as the famous cycle of myths concerning the activities of Pele the goddess of volcanoes, illuminating how these epic tales correctly portray the volcanic origin and growth of our Hawaiian chain.

Spouting Waters

Session 3
Hawaiian myths and legends are poetic visions encoded with environmental and cultural information that is meant to bring about the thriving growth of an island nation, and such growth depends on the availability of fresh water. The Hydrologic Cycle is assessed through the Hawaiian poem asking where to find water, Ka Wai Ola A Kāne, in order to better understand the source and flow of fresh water in our island environment.

Hawaiian Ocean Adventures

Session 4
Surfing is a traditional Hawaiian cultural activity.  This discussion focuses on the natural processes that create surf, while building on Hawaiian concepts relating to weather and surf phenomena, Hawaiian vocabulary relating parts of the wave, types of waves, and surfing sites are discussed.  Participants will also look at Hawaiian metaphors relating to the ocean, as well as the popularity and diversity of ocean recreation in ancient Hawaii.

A Guided Tour of Ko‘olaupoko

Session 5
This Saturday field trip is aimed at supporting the classroom presentations by highlighting the Ko’olaupoko district (Waimanalo to Kualoa) of O’ahu as a living classroom resource where the wahi pana (sacred places) and mythology of the landscape can be seen and appreciated.  Cross-cultural comparisons are made with the goal of bringing forth specific, physical information about important Hawaiian places.  For your safety, covered shoes recommended.  Lunch may be purchased nearby.  Let’s all enjoy exploring several ahupua’a within Ko’olaupoko!
If you have questions or would like to be notified when the next course will be offered please fill out the contact form below or call Ian Masterson at (808) 235-7331.

Private on-site training is available.
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Man talking to a group of students at the beach.
Kaneohe Bay