STEMS² Symposium 2022

Session Title

Poster Presentations (Day 3)

Poster Title

The Power of Pilina: Teaching Strategies for Using Hawaiʻi-Specific Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Management Themes and Practices to Promote Social Justice Education in Elementary Classrooms


It is my goal as an educator to create an environment in which students feel safe and valued so that they can learn, grow, and thrive. Through a review of the existing literature, a survey, and case study interviews, this research aims to discover the best teaching strategies that use Hawaiʻi-specific food, agriculture, or natural resource management themes and practices to promote social justice education, how those strategies are currently implemented in K-6 classrooms in Hawaiʻi, and what supports and challenges exist. My hope is that the results of this research will not only inform my own teaching practice, but will also shape future food, agriculture, and natural resource management-based curriculum and professional development in Hawaiʻi to include more opportunities for students to use their relationships with food, agriculture, and natural resources to identify, learn about, and develop tools to heal oppression and injustices in their communities.


STEMS² Pillars: Aʻo, Makawalu, Moʻolelo, Sense of Place, Advocacy


June 30th, 2022, 9:30am–10:30am HST

Location: Posters & Partners (Gather.Town)