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Windward Oahu: Leading the way in environmental education


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Windward Oahu: Leading the way in environmental education

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Windward Oahu: Leading the way in environmental education

  1. 1. Windward Oahu Leading the way in environmental education
  2. 2. Hawaii: Leading by example Hawaii is a small reflection of the world. We must pursue sustainable solutions to conserve natural resources.
  3. 3. There are many approaches to sustainability  Through modern eyes…  June 8, 2015: Hawaii became the first state to propose fossil fuel-free energy by 2045. This limits pollution which disrupts marine life and ecosystems. The bill focuses scattered initiatives to strive for a common goal.  Looking towards the past…  Hokulea brings old seafaring to the new world. The vessel proves what we are capable of accomplishing if we decide to use our resources wisely. We learn how dependent we are on the environment. Hokulea docked at Kualoa Beach, where royalty manifested their future
  4. 4. We have the same opportunities at home Not everyone rides on the Hokulea, but opportunities are close to home with similar ideals: We become stewards by participating in sustainable solutions. The first step is finding a mentor and navigator.
  5. 5. Finding Teachers  Few sustainability education programs with limited access to students  Teachers don't have relevant technology to teach science  Ambivalent student mentality due to assumptions that science is hard and uninteresting  Important to link programs to students and educators Possible solution: sustainability education database
  6. 6. Windward Oahu Education Programs WIRED: Connects students grades 6-12 and graduates to research entities • Increases STEM interest through field work • Provides access to field and lab equipment cSF7I0JJbFE/VIuZ3aVoLtI/AAAAAAAAAFM/XHyrmBVbHzk/s1600/DSC0 0032.JPG qxzydo/VJI6hw65iUI/AAAAAAAAAJg/1ymQP0UNRe8/s1600/IMG_2 467.jpg Elementary and high school students collect water quality data in Kaelepulu Stream for Oceanit (Division of Forestry and Wildlife).
  7. 7. Windward Oahu Education Programs PaCES: Six week environmental science internship at Windward Community College • Connects students of different backgrounds • Involves teacher training by interns • Produces college-level research • Fishpond water quality Top: PaCES student selects disease associated marine bacteria for genetic studies. Left: PaCES mentors train Kamehameha teachers in field studies.
  8. 8. Windward Oahu Education Programs NALU Studies: Environmental stewardship program empowering at-risk teenagers • Students realize their potential for positive change • Post-program career opportunities become available • Program graduates mentor middle school classes NALU students redefine their identity through culture and home.
  9. 9. Finding Our Classroom • Environmental stewardship: taking responsibility for the land • Educational and cultural opportunities are found outdoors • Shows students that science is manageable, fun, and relevant
  10. 10. Learning About the Past  Ahupua`a systems fostered ridge to reef thinking. Everyting flowed into the loko.  Unique sluice gates (Makaha) naturally grew fish.  ~500 loko fed all of Oahu.  These practices were taught through generations at the fishpond.  Left: Kamehameha School’s representation of an Ahupua`a showing ridge to reef connection.  Right: The makaha at Waikalua Loko.
  11. 11. The Ancient Icebox  Waikalua Loko is one of 50 to 60 remaining ponds on Oahu. It is a loko kuapa (brakish water fishpond).  You could obtain 2000 pounds of fish per acre.  It fell into disrepair until 1995 but has since been revitalized.  Though the Waikalua Loko would not be able to feed Kaneohe it is still an important educational outlet. Progress of revitalization efforts in aerial view of the Waikalua Loko. PC: Waikalula Loko Preservation Society
  12. 12. The Classroom Today  Traditional practices are taught with modern understanding involving economics, history, and science.  Different age groups learn at the pond from different social economic backgrounds.  5000 students use all 5 senses with hands on learning at the pond every year.
  13. 13. Community Cooperation  Taking care of the fishpond requires lots of help from different people.  Managing council involves cultural specialists, scientists, and community leaders.  Effective management comes from cooperation. Limu removal by Castle High School students.
  14. 14. Future Plans  In the future Waikalua Loko hopes to turn the adjacent sewage plant into an aquaculture facility.  At the facility the intention is to sell fish commercially.  This creates a modern method of aquaculture right next to a traditional method of farming.  The Waikalua Loko will still be used as our outdoor classroom.
  15. 15. How our vessel works  Place-based learning programs involve different populations in sustainability efforts  Community commons focus many initiatives to feed global needs  Next steps are to qualitate success PaCES and Castle High School students collaborate with Waikiki Aquarium for Earth Day Moi release
  16. 16. Some anecdotal indicators  There is a decade long running history with national and international exposure  Former students pursue degrees and careers in environmental science and policy  Education programs and school consortiums use our model for learning PaCES delegation at the 2007 Coastal America Student Summit NALU national finalist for science education at Washington DC
  17. 17. Our network of support NALU  Hui o Ko’olaupoko  Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership  Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education  Oceanit  Pacific America Foundation  NOAA PaCES  Hawai’I Community Foundation  UH Manoa  Waikalua Loko Preservation Society  Minami Foundation  Ameron Hawai’i  The National Science Foundation  Islands of Opportunity Alliance  Pam and Pierre Omidyar Fellowship  Fish and Wildlife Services  Hawai’I Juvenile Court System  Hawai’I Department of Education  Kako’o ‘Oiwi  Windward Community College WIRED
  18. 18. Now we’re at SHYLI MAHALO