As a class, they will have the opportunity to work with Mālama O Honokea, a non-profit education group, to study the loko i’a system and help with restoration efforts at Honokea loko i’a in Keaukaha, Hilo. Honokea and the surrounding recreational areas have been constantly subjected to natural disasters, waste spills, pollution, and varied land-use practices. Efforts to reclaim the loko i’a currently exist through partnerships between volunteers, community educators, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
How can scientific, traditional, and community-based approaches be used to protect watersheds, conserve freshwater resources, and help to design innovative solutions for sustainability in Hawai’i?
- Watersheds and their associated aquifers are complex and dynamic systems that are an important source of clean freshwater which society depends on.
- Water is considered a prized and sacred resource in many cultures, especially in Hawaiian culture. Preserving sources of freshwater, a limited resource, is of high importance for maintaining productive and sustainable food systems (e.g., loko i’a, plant agriculture, greenhouse operations). Freshwater conservation is a critical practice for all people and places.
- Place-specific community management is an important part of restoring and monitoring the health of loko i’a.
- Design thinking can help people to be more creative and to produce innovative and meaningful solutions to meet the needs of real people.
Learner Level High School
Primary Content Science, Indigenous Knowledge, Engineering