The Ahupuaʻa of Honouliuli: A Living Classroom for Natural and Cultural Restoration continues Thanks to year two funding support from the NOAA B-WET program, we are able to continue offering the program to study the ahupua`a of Honouliuli where much of our work is located. In the fall of 2014, we began giving presentations to students at Kapolei High, Nānākuli High & Intermediate School, and Youth Challenge Academy in Kalaeloa. These students and their teachers will continue to study the natural and cultural history of the Honouliuli ahupuaʻa around the essential question: How can we preserve the things that are special about Honouliuli (or your ahupuaʻa) in this time of change within our environment or communities?
Students will be working at three outdoor learning sites:
Pālehua dry forest area (managed by Gill 'Ewa Lands, LLC)
A new addition to the program are the high school nursery interns that we have hired during the school year to grow plants to be outplanted at the learning sites. You can read about our School Nursery Stewards on our Meet Our Staff page. Here's an update from a recent visit to Pālehua with Kapolei High School students, written by Chelsey Jay, our Education and Community Partnerships Coordinator:
"Strengthening a student’s relationship and connection with his or her place will always be relevant in a continuously changing environment and society. This is the goal of our Honouliuli Ahupua'a Project where students are actively gaining more knowledge about Honouliuli through hands-on learning experiences within their ahupua'a. Students in the Ho'ōla Leadership Academy at Kapolei High School spent a day at Pālehua with Anu and Maka Anuheali'i (of the Friends of Honouliuli) learning about the natural and cultural significance of this place and participated in mālama 'āina activities removing California grass, transplanting natives, propagating 'ilima papa cuttings, and also creating a unique pōhaku structure in the nursery area. Students left with a deeper understanding of who they are and where they come from knowing that they made a positive impact in their community. We're excited to continue our learning journey with more huaka'i (field trips) scheduled this school year. Mahalo to the NOAA Bay Watershed and Education Training (BWET) program for funding this project as well as to our project partners for supporting our efforts to engage students in meaningful educational experiences."
Here's a video of students from the Youth Challenge Academy in Kalaeloa as they visited Kauhale Preserve.