The Wai and the Hau and the Grounding of Pedagogy in a Sense of Place


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In a multicultural course, a key tenant is to allow students to “help individuals gain greater understanding by viewing themselves from the perspectives of other cultures.” (Banks, 2008, p. 3). Kaiama (2021) says that “If you teach in Hawaiʻi you should know the origins of Hawaiʻi.” The Wai and The Hau projects offer participants the opportunity to engage in transformative practices that ground their pedagogy in a sense of place- Hawaiʻi, bringing together the ideas of both Banks and Kaiama. Reclamation and revitalization practices of aloha ʻāina and kupa aloha allow participants to ground themselves in their kuleana to Hawaiʻi and its people. This session will provide tangible examples and anecdotes of how students can engage in a sense of place through an online course and how we as teachers are able to allow a sense of place to impact how we teach content. E hele mai a e kūkākūkā walaʻau kākou!

Session Recording

STEMS² Pillars: Sense of Place


June 29th, 2022, 2:45pm–3:45pm HST

Location: Makawalu (Gather.Town)

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    Kumu ʻAlohilani
    UH Mānoa, STE Secondary