Wrapping up this fantastic adventure…

In response to student requests to try and create some additional free time before our return home, we flexed the plan for our schedule so that our final “class” was held in two parts; Monday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, and then Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 am.  During each session, three pairs of students gave their presentations on the alternative or complementary healthcare modality they investigated for the course.

While in Lahaina, Kumu Lisa and I had both begun searching for something that we could give to each of the students as a personal memento of our time together over the past three weeks.  On Tuesday morning, after the final presentation was completed, Lisa and I took a few minutes to thank the group for making our first experience as travel course leaders such a wonderful experience…

We gathered in a circle, and presented each student with a Kikui nut lei.  In Hawai’i, the Kukui Nut tree is also known as the Candlenut tree.  Kikui nut oil has many cooking and medicinal uses, and in ancient times, the nuts were burned to provide light.  The meaning of kukui is a symbol of enlightenment, protection and peace.  When you present a kukui nut lei to someone, you express this meaning to them – and now, these lei are often presented at the end of a course of study, or graduation.

Everyone wore their Kikiu nut lei to the "Island Breeze" Luau at our hotel on Tuesday evening...

I love to travel, meet new people and learn about the intricacies of belief and cultural practice that influence interaction and decision-making.  It has been an honor, and a great joy to lead this course, and have the opportunity to get to know these exceptional young women as we’ve completed this journey together.

You may see additional posts from Kumu Lisa, but with this post, I am going to sign off, and begin my own transition back to the “mainland”…

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About Kumu Noël

I teach the medical-surgical nursing courses offered across the junior year of the nursing program at Illinois Wesleyan University, and collaborate with Dr. Lisa Searing in teaching the Nursing Research course offered in the fall of the junior year. During the May Term, I teach Transcultural Healthcare in Hawaii or Abuse in America.