Mālama Mōkapu, Mālama ʻĀina

This unit was designed to explore Hawaiianʻs complex land division systems that increased productivity and protected natural resources. Students will learn why Hawaiian practices were sustainable and how to apply them now. They will delve into Mālama ʻĀina and its importance. Students also learn the rich natural resources found throughout the Mōkapu peninsula to increase students’ sense of place, teaching them to apply this knowledge and instill them a sense of responsibility of all places.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o

Community Partner(s)


Essential Question

How are we connected to the environment?

Enduring Understanding

  • Understand the importance of Mālama ʻĀina (the why?)
  • Be able to apply Mālama ʻĀina in their lives  (the how?)

Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Cultural Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, STEM, English Language Arts, Special Education