Our multidisciplinary journey will take students through readings, reflections in writing, interviews with kūpuna (elders), creative collaborative projects, problem-solving in math and science, and investigations in their ahupua‘a. Teacher guides, instructional notes, student activity logs, worksheets, pre-post test, and five part inspirational video provide culturally relevant materials for teaching about ahupua‘a land-management systems, and inspiring youth to be future stewards and scientists who will care for the land and preserve traditions. It’s a journey of discovery that includes moʻolelo, ʻoli, wonderful music, beautiful places and meaningful relationships between people and the place where they live!
Project Kāhea Loko developed a complete set of field-tested curricula for Grades 4 – 12 incorporating Hawaiian fishponds (loko iʻa) as learning tools into the mainstream educational system for Hawaiʻi’s school children. Working in concert with other fishpond projects, teachers, pond operators, historians, Hawaiian language and cultural experts, the Kāhea Loko team has collected and organized fishpond-related cultural, historic, and scientific data into culturally appropriate curriculum units, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Highlights from the Hawai’i Department of Education: