The overall purpose of the unit is to instill a sense of kuleana into students to mālama ʻāina. The real world problem, or challenge, of this unit is to begin examining ways in which we can utilize what we have on-island to create a more sustainable future. Basic content addressed in the unit includes: ethnobotany, agricultural sciences, economics, visual arts, informative writing, mathematics, engineering, civics, and Hawaiian culture.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Other (see Unit)

Community Partner(s)

The community partner in this unit provided rich content knowledge and ample opportunities for student learning. Their clear dedication to the haumāna of South Kona has brought about a beautiful partnership and further opportunities for learning outside of the traditional four walls of the classroom. In collaborating with them, this unit was further enhanced to allow for deep understanding and strong connections to place to develop.

Essential Question

Why should I care about the ʻāina?

Enduring Understanding

Students understand their role within the community as one where they can contribute to the well-being of other people and the ʻāina.

Students understand that the ʻāina/wai/island is a finite resource and they have a kuleana to care for it. 

Students connect  what they learn in the classroom to its real-world application.

Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Art & Performing Arts, Agriculture, STEM, Social Studies, Science, Math