The lessons below were originally created by the Teacher Curriculum Leaders with the support of Mentor Kumu and Project Team staff engaged in the `Ewa `Āina Education Initiative from 2020-2022.
Note that many of the lessons are flexible enough to be implemented at multiple `āina sites, in multiple subjects and for a range of grade levels.
These materials were created to share so we invite you to click away and explore the lessons and resources below.
We hope they contribute to expanding `āina-based education at your school!
`Āina Site and Ahupua`a
Akamai: Start Smart
Establishing Loina and Lawena in the Classroom
Akamai Nui; Getting Smarter
Practicing Loina and Lawena in the Classroom
Akamai nui loa - End Smart: Applying Loina and Lawena Outside of the Classroom
Ka Waiwai o Pu`uloa
Nā Loko I`a o Pu`uloa
Ka Huaka`i i Pā`aiau
Ke Kiʻowai ʻO Honokawailani
Ka Loko Iʻa ʻO Pāʻaiau
Ahupua`a and Mo`olelo
Research on Ancient Hawai‘i Fishponds/ Ancient Hawaiian Engineering of Fishponds
History of Loko Pā`aiau + Huaka‘i Site Visit
The History of Hula Ki`i
Creation of Ki`i at Hanakēhau Learning Farm
A Hula Ki`i Performance
Plants and How They Grow
Hanakēhau Learning Farm Field Trip
Daily Uses of Native Plants
Whatʻs Better Traditional or Modern Agriculture/Aquaculture?
How Do Traditional Methods Fit Into Todayʻs Society? (field trip to Kuhialoko)
New Agriculture and Aquaculture Designs
`Āina Momona and Kuhialoko
Native and Invasive Species Count - Mea Kanu (plants)
Huaka`i to Kuhialoko #2
History of Human Impact on Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor) and Modeling the Recruitment Service
Project Planning Step
Sympathy Compared to Empathy
Using Empathy in Service to Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor) and Modeling the Logistics
Service Project Planning Step
`Āina Site Huaka`i (to Kuhiawaho)
Patterns to Kalo Growth
All Things Considered
Advocacy Project: How Do We Mālama Limu?
Ka ʻano nui o makālae kaiaola (The importance of Coastal Ecosystems)
Coastal Plants of Hawai`i
One`ula: Past, Present and Future
Introduction to Native/Non-Native Plants and Animals
Huaka`i Plant Identification (Scavenger Hunt)
Native Plant Research
`Ewa Quest: The Past
`Ewa Quest: The Present
`Ewa Beach Passion Project EPIC Speech
`Aumakua and Manō in `Ewa
Kahaupāhau: Protector of `Ewa
Hawai`iʻs First People: Ho`ike to Kalaeloa Heritage Park
The Honouliuli Hydrologic Cycle Game
The HĀ of Kalaeloa
Whatʻs In a Name?
`O Wai Kou Inoa (Who is Your Name?)
Integrating The Performance Arts, ELA
Traditional and Contemporary Lei Making
Weaving Through Mo`olelo
Native Hawaiian Plant Identification
Huaka`i to Pu`uokapolei
What Does It Mean to be Self-Sustaining?
Stewarding and the HĀ Framework
Huaka`i to Pu`uokapolei
Whatʻs In a Name? Introduction to Place
Plant Systems and `Ōlelo Hawai`i
Huaka`i to Pu`ukapolei as Alaka`i