The Kumulipo: Evolution, Nativity, and Nativism

This interdisciplinary science unit teaches students about the relationship between Kumulipo, Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and Hawaiian Geography. The purpose of this unit is to strengthen students' sense of place by highlighting their connection to Hawaiʻi's natural history. Through their understanding of Kumulipo, evolution, and Hawaiian Geography students can be proactive participants in environmental stewardship, conservation of Hawaii's ecosystems, and preservation of Native species.
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Standards Aligned

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

Community Partner(s)

The community partnership highlighted in this unit offers students a hands on, place-based educational experience  that provides them with first-hand knowledge of what conservation of local ecosystems look like, and what it feels like to be connected to the place they live in through environmental preservation.

Essential Question

How is the Kumulipo related to evolution?

Enduring Understanding

  • Students will understand that the Kumulipo is a record of the natural history of Hawaiʻi.
  • Students will understand that the pilina (relationship) between kānaka (people) and nature/land (ʻāina) is ‘ohana (family) and kuleana (responsibility.)
  • Students will understand that mālama ʻāina (proactively caring for the environment) is necessary to help Native species to thrive and evolve.
  • Students will understand that Hawaiians evolved to thrive in Hawaiʻi.

Learner Level Middle

Primary Content Indigenous Knowledge, Science, Social Studies