Four Seasons Observatory
Mentor: ʻĀnela Evans
STEM Fields: Astronomy; Celestial Cartography; Technology
Research Goal: Share information on how Native Hawaiians and other indigenous people of the Pacific utilized celestial bodies and the natural environment along with pertinent scientific research and innovation.
About The Lānaʻi Observatory
Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi is a destination for visitors and is the major economic engine for the Island of Lānaʻi. In the evenings, the Lānaʻi Observatory Kilo Hōkū Experience shares information on how Native Hawaiians and other indigenous people of the Pacific utilized celestial bodies and the natural environment. Guests are guided through a viewing of several objects in the night sky by utilizing a 1-meter (≈ 40-inch) telescope. More importantly, the Lānaʻi Observatory focuses on the cultural aspect of the stars and celestial sphere, and feels that offering this perspective is what makes their experience distinguishable from any experience that may be offered anywhere else in the world.
The observatory has an opportunity to educate visitors about authentic Hawaiian culture and values. Oftentimes, there is a historical precedence of Native Hawaiian customs and culture being offered as spectacles to fantasize about, be in awe of, or portrayed as a primitive population that lacked intelligence and cultural depth. The Love Lānaʻi team aims to debunk these perceptions and expose visitors to the ancestral developments of culture and knowledge that was far advanced and superior for their time.
Meet Our Internship Mentor: ʻĀnela Evans
Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and Historian
ʻĀnela manages the Lānaʻi Observatory program and embeds her research in Hawaiian cultural knowledge into the program. Throughout the year, she uses her observations of the night sky and computer software to predict objects and creates lists of celestial bodies or objects that are viewed during the observatory experiences. In addition, ʻĀnela researches the history of the objects as well as any pertinent Hawaiian cultural information. She oversees all aspects of Hawaiian Culture identity, fact-checking on place names and advising on important cultural aspects.
ʻĀnela also provides training and educational sessions for Love Lānaʻi Cultural Advisors, new Resort employees as well as guests and groups staying at Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi. Information sessions include cultural and historical background of Lānaʻi, and historical information regarding how indigenous people of the Pacific utilized the celestial sphere and the natural environment.
ʻĀnela grew up on Lānaʻi learning about wahi pana, or culturally-significant places on Lānaʻi and other islands from family and community. Her mother served as a Lānaʻi High & Elementary School administrator and taught Hawaiian culture, history and place-based education; her hānai grandparents were mānaleo (native speakers of Hawaiian language); and her Papa was a paniolo, a Hawaiian cowboy. At the age of four, she started dancing hula which fostered a deeper love for Hawaiian culture and arts.
She was a high school boarding student at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and studied Hawaiian Language for four years of high school. ʻĀnela continued her studies at the UH Mānoa and had an opportunity to visit Kahoʻolawe with one of her classes. This experience furthered her love and passion for Hawaiian language, culture, and indigenous natural resource management practices. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in Hawaiian Studies, focusing on Mālama ʻĀina (natural resource management) and Moʻolelo ʻŌiwi (Hawaiian traditions, mythologies, and stories).
She previously worked at the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission and at Pūlama Lānaʻi in the Culture and Historic Preservation division. Currently, as the Four Seasons Cultural Practitioner, she ushered the opening of Lānaʻi Observatory and Kilo Hōkū experience in December 2021, began the Lānaʻi High and Elementary School student outreach program in March 2022, and will help to facilitate experiences to Lānaʻi residents beginning in April 2022.
ʻĀnela never thought she would be working in the hospitality industry. As an introvert, talking to people for a living was not something she thought she would be doing. She is thankful to have had the privilege to have mentors that encourage her to share her passion for and knowledge about Hawaiian culture and language. She chose this line of work because she feels that it is an opportunity to educate visitors and the community about the unique culture and history of Lānaʻi and Hawaiʻi. ʻĀnela feels it’s important to share history and culture from an indigenous viewpoint. And wants the world to know our Native Hawaiian ancestors and who they were!
INTERNSHIP DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will learn to facilitate guest experiences, including presentations and operation of telescope and computer software. They will strengthen their knowledge of the celestial sphere, gain an introduction to indigenous voyaging practices and perspectives, learn Hawaiian traditions in relation to voyaging and wayfinding, and build communication and presentation skills.
INTERNS SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE with AND ABLE TO:
- Climb stairs.
- Learn astronomy and Hawaiian culture.
- Build interpersonal skills.
- Have a good attitude and willingness to learn.
- Be willing to commit to the time requirements and able to work some evenings.
- Presenting to groups of 4 to 20 people (4-years-old to adults)
- Hold discretion regarding guests’ privacy.
- Follow the dress code: school appropriate attire, slacks, closed toe shoes, collared shirt.
Tentative Internship Schedule:
2023 Spring Internship Schedule*
Spring break will include 4 two-hour days, partly after sunset.
*Schedules are tentative and are subject to change. Interns will be required to work 8 hours in the Spring 2023.
2023 Summer Internship Schedule*
Summer internship must happen mostly in the evening, ideally over 6 weeks, 7-8 hours per week. Some research may be done at home on the computer. These hours are negotiable based on the student’s research project.
*Schedules are tentative and are subject to change. Interns will be required to work 40 hours in the Summer 2023.
Internship Meeting Location:
Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi
Lānaʻi Observatory Kilo Hōkū
1 Manele Bay Rd
Lānaʻi City, HI 96763