Paʻēpaʻē o Waikolu: Place-based Watershed Education and Caring for our Stream Ecosystems


Service-Learning Experience


Students holding opae nets in the stream.

In this 3 hour session, participants will confront the guiding question, “What do our waters need from us?” They will seek answers to this question through a 40 minute interactive lecture covering threats to the health & biodiversity of our urban Honolulu stream ecosystems, 40 minute native vs invasive fish identification activity and field equipment training, followed by conducting a 1.5 hour fish population field survey in one of 3 stream complexes in the ahupua’a of Waikīkī. In this session, we hope participants get a chance to…

  1. be in relationship with our wai
  2. gain tangible experience in implementing scientifically rigorous methods for student-centered watershed health monitoring
  3. envision how these types of immersive, place-based, hands-on, community partnered field experiences can enhance student learning and advocacy for our imperiled native species & natural systems in urban Honolulu.

The location for this experience will take place at one of the Paʻēpaʻē o Waikolu sites and will be determined based on the number of RSVPs.

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June 28th, 2023, 1:30pm–4:30pm HST

Location: Paʻēpaʻē o Waikolu Stream Site

  • Andi Charuk
    'Iolani School
  • Cory Yap
    University of Hawai'i