Past, Present, and Future: Designing for a Sustainable Waimea

All places change over time. Changes are the result of natural events, or caused by human actions. Waimea, on the island of Kauaʻi, is just one example. There are more people, the land has changed from natural disasters and urbanization, and water has been diverted and polluted. These things have impacted the surrounding community. Content in this unit includes moʻolelo of Waimea, watersheds, ahupuaʻa, water quality, restoration, conservation, sustainability, and interdependence.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o, International Society for Technology in Education

Community Partner(s)

Community partners that may be beneficial to contact are the education/outreach sector of DLNR, local businesses or organizations that focus on watersheds, land or water management / conservation / restoration, and/or sustainability.  Suggestion is check to see if your school has an established community partner list and use the contact from there first.  Another option might be to see if any teachers have already established a working relationship with people, organizations, or businesses within the community who focus on the previously listed things.  

Essential Question

How does my sense of place influence my actions in conserving, restoring, and/or sustaining my place?

Enduring Understanding

Students will understand…

  • What is sense of place and how they can be aware and reflective of their own
  • How their sense of place affects and guides their actions
  • How human impacts affect the health of the watershed
  • There are many perspectives to hear and consider before taking an action
  • What their responsibility is in conserving, restoring, and sustaining a place and its resources for future generations

Learner Level High School

Primary Content Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, STEM, Cultural Knowledge, English Language Arts