I’ve been a part of Heirs To Our Oceans for five years. I was in seventh grade when I first joined, and now I’m in twelfth. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to attend three of H2OO’s Summit for Empowerment Action & Leadership (SEAL) with full scholarship. SEAL 2021 was a dream and very unique for many reasons. To start off it was in Hawai’i which was so awesome!
I got the chance to surf and learn of its importance in Hawaiian culture and to connect with the oceans and waters of Hawai’i through snorkeling and quiet reflection at a sacred water stream flowing from Mauna Kea. I learned ancient Hawaiian martial art Kapu Kuʻialua, learned about the importance of using traditional ecological knowledge as a solution to the climate crisis, ocean harm and food insecurity, and I learned about intersectionality and human rights. Most importantly I connected with youth from around the world! We built a very strong bond with each other, and I’m so thankful for everyone who made this experience unforgettable. I am very appreciative of the smiles, memories, love, and knowledge that was shared.