Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Kou High School- Home of the Aikanes.

Naming our high school Kou high school would symbolize the history of Honolulu. At an unknown time Honululu was named, but originially it was called Kou. Kou is the district from Nuuanu Avenue to Alakea Street and from Hotel Street to Queen Street. Honolulu is known for it's shipping, it exports sandalwood, sugar, pineapples, and light manufacturing.
The Hawaiian Islands were westernized by seamen, colonizers, adventurers, and merchants. We need to recognize how much the sea and ocean mean to this island. By having the mascot of the Aikanes we are able to do this. An aikane is an green sea turtle. This turtle has been endangered since 1978. These trutles were the first source of food, tools, and decoration when Hawaii was established. Since 1974, hunters are not allowed to kill these turtles. This has been enforced since 1978 when they entered the endangered species list.

These turtles are the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. They are about 100cm in length and weigh about 150 kg. They live to be about 59 years old.
We NEED to honor the history and endangered species of Honolulu. We can do this by naming our school Kou High School and having our mascot be the Aikanes.

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