We are pleased to announce that we're running our 10th Mālama 'Āina Field School this summer for students currently in grades 7-9 from the Wai'anae moku! This summer program will be held over the course of 5 weeks from June 13 to July 15, 2022 and will be run all in-person, with both content-driven lessons/projects and huaka'i (field trips) to outdoor sites throughout the week. Huaka'i will include service work, problem-based learning, and fun focusing on caring for the 'āina that takes care of us. Transportation as well as lunch on huaka'i dates will be provided. Please see program details below.
- Program Dates: June 13 - July 15, 2022 (Monday - Friday) - Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm - Overnighter at Camp Pālehua: June 21-22 - Hō'ike: July 15; Time TBD (Mandatory for all students, in-person) - Daily meeting location: Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Māʻili
**Students who are already enrolled/registered to attend Kamaile Academy or Wai'anae High School next school year may receive a high school Elective Science credit upon successful completion of course requirements. Students who are already enrolled/registered to attend Nānākuli High & Intermediate School (NHIS) may receive a high school Directed Studies in Natural Resources Elective credit upon successful completion of course requirements. Students going to other schools may inquire on their own about the possibility of receiving credit at their schools.**
**Students may also receive up to $100 stipend award upon successful completion of course requirements.**
Mahalo nui loa for your interest in the Mālama 'Āina Field School! We kindly ask that you be flexible, everything is subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and communities.
The Mālama 'Āina Field School is a program of the Mālama Learning Center with generous financial support from Kamehameha Schools and NOAA BWET Hawai'i Program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2021 Hybrid program
DUE TO COVID-19, WE MODIFIED THE STRUCTURE OF THE MĀLAMA 'ĀINA FIELD SCHOOL SUMMER 2021 PROGRAM TO ADHERE TO IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND INSTRUCTORS,
We're delighted to conduct the 9th annual Mālama 'Āina Field School as a hybrid program for Wai'anae coast students currently in grades 7-9 this summer! This interdisciplinary course is designed to strengthen students' core skills in science, math, social studies, and language arts by connecting them to their community, 'āina, and culture. This will be done through both online learning (virtual) and in-person on huaka'i (field trips) to various 'āina-based sites mainly along the Wai'anae coast. The cost of the program is highly subsidized by grants. Participants will be charged a fee of $50 with the possibility of partial to full scholarships based on financial need. Daily instruction will occur Monday to Friday from 8:30 am–12:30 pm on online days and 8:30 am-3:00 pm on huakaʻi days, asynchronous work will also be assigned. Participants will get lunch on huakaʻi days, a special Field School T-shirt, and Aloha ʻĀina Activity kit! **Eligible Wai'anae moku students can earn a high school Elective Science credit at Kamaile Academy or Wai'anae High School upon successful completion of course requirements.**
Program Dates June 14 - July 16, 2021 (Monday-Friday)
General Program Schedule (Subject To Change): -Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays (8:30am-12:30pm): Online learning (combination of 'āina-based lessons, readings, pre/post huaka'i instruction, Kahoot, guest speakers, and virtual tours) -Tuesdays or Thursdays (8:30am-3:00pm): Huaka'i to approved sites in West O'ahu *Half of the group will go on the huaka'i on Tuesdays while the other half does asynchronous work online. The group will switch on Thursdays.
Mahalo nui loa for your interest in the Mālama 'Āina Field School! We kindly ask that you be flexible, everything is subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves everyday and this is our first time conducting this program in this way. Our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and communities.
The Mālama 'Āina Field School is a program of the Mālama Learning Center with generous financial support from Kamehameha Schools.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com.
summer 2020 HYbrid program
DUE TO COVID-19, WE MODIFIED THE STRUCTURE OF THE MĀLAMA 'ĀINA FIELD SCHOOL SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM TO ADHERE TO IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND INSTRUCTORS,
Mālama ʻĀina Field School 2020 served 7th through 11th grade students during two 2-week sessions between June 22 - July 17, 2020. It ran as a hybrid enrichment program mixing online learning/lessons three times a week and huaka'i (field trips) to approved sites as optional experiences. Huaka'i were based in West O'ahu and included service work, learning, and fun focusing on caring for the 'āina that takes care of us. ʻOhana (family members) were invited to join the students, making this a multi-generation Field School! We closed with a virtual Hōʻike, with each student sharing their project. They were truly impressive! Mahalo nui loa to all who took a chance on this new format and created something special.
Program Dates First Session: June 22 - July 2, 2020 (includes Saturday, June 27 for optional huaka'i) Second Session: July 6 - July 17, 2020 Culminating week (July 20-21) for virtual Hō'ike and final optional field experience
General Program Schedule: -Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays: Online learning days (including a combination of 'āina-based lessons, videos, readings, pre/post huaka'i instruction, Kahoot, pre/post surveys, guest speakers, and virtual tours) + Kumu office hours (8 am - 12 noon) -Tuesdays and Thursdays: Huaka'i to approved sites (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)
The Mālama 'Āina Field School is a program of the Mālama Learning Center with generous financial support from Kamehameha Schools Wai'anae Region and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration BWET Hawai'i Program.
For more information about how this program was conducted, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7th annual Mālama ʻĀina Field School at Nānākuli and Wai'anae was held from June 17 - July 19, 2019 (M - F, 8 am - 2:30 pm). Led by kumu (teachers) from Nānākuli High & Intermediate, Wai'anae Intermediate, Wai'anae High, Ka Waihona O Ka Na'auao Public Charter School, and Mālama Learning Center, we are pleased to have concluded the program successfully for 32 students, all residents of West O'ahu and the Leeward Coast. We had many new adventures for our haumana, including attending the Hawai'i Conservation Conference! They made a great impression on other attendees, including professional conservationists who may one day be working with them!
Mālama Learning Center and Hawaiʻi Green Collar Institute
as well as our dozens of speakers and huaka'i (field trip) hosts. MAHALO A NUI! We'll do it again next year! If you are interested in having a student attend this program, please contact us at 808-305-8287 or email@example.com.
This is a powerful program not just for students but also for teachers. For more information on the program and its curriculum, please contact Pauline Sato at pauline(at)malamalearningcenter.org.
We're honored and elated to have helped launch the Mālama ʻĀina Field School, a summer school course for students residing in Nānākuli and Wai'anae. This course is an outgrowth of ideas that we and our partners in the Wai'anae Alliance for Wellness and Place-based Learning have discussed since 2012 to help the youth of Wai'anae succeed in school. Far too many get off track before they even reach high school. By providing a new type of program where classroom learning is directly tied to field work that incorporates math, science, and Hawaiian studies, perhaps more students will be motivated to attend classes and become college, career and community ready. It began in the summer of 2013, when we launched a six-week course for incoming 8th and 9th graders at Nānākuli High & Intermediate School from June 3 to July 12. Teachers Jewelynn Kirkland and Terra Wight, with whom we were very familiar, were the core teachers supported by Mālama Learning Center staff, interns, and many resource people. They piloted a new curriculum based on the weekly themes of:
Setting the stage and seeing the big picture
Water, watersheds, and waiwai (wealth)
Ahupuaʻa of Nānākuli - plants, animals, and people
Agriculture and food sustainability
Energy and managing our waste
Navigating our future
The curriculum utilized existing resources as well as new lessons to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, good learning habits, and an appreciation and respect for the land, sea, and cultural richness of Wai‘anae – and Nānākuli in particular. STEM education was integrated into the curriculum through tools used by professionals such as GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System). As a final project, students worked on a “Nānākuli Community Atlas,” which compiled data and stories from the various areas studied including geology and soils, winds/rain, native and invasive ecosystems, cultural history, mele and ʻoli, and agricultural systems. This atlas was presented in forms such as maps and a brochure.
In the summer of 2014, we coordinated the second "Field School" course at Nanakuli High & Intermediate School from June 6 - July 11. This time, we were able to expand the program to have two classes of students (incoming grade 8 and grades 9/10) taught by five amazing teachers and four UH West O'ahu interns who are prospective teachers. The curriculum was similar to the pilot program with some changes in site visits and speakers as well as classroom lessons, with a greater emphasis on math. Final projects for this course involved proposal to address the essential question of: How can we make the school a model of sustainability for the community? It was a completely enriching learning experience for students, teachers, and MLC staff. Students wrote blogs to chronicle the Field School's activities. Click on the links below to see the blogs.
The summer 2018 program marked our 6th year coordinating the program and a new chapter. With a team of talented teachers, we served students from Nānākuli High & Intermediate School, Ka Waihona O Ka Na'auao Public Charter School, Wai'anae Intermediate School, and Wai'anae High School. The Field School's curriculum provided students with content and hands-on experiences on understanding our environment, culture, and role as stewards of the land and sea. Upon completion of all program requirements, students earned credits in math, science, social studies, English, or an elective. And best of all, they had fun! That’s according to the nearly 40 students from grades 7-10 who completed the program this past summer!
The Field School uses technology to make the classes virtually paperless by using Google Apps, Google classroom, and a unique website. This is not only good for the environment, it also prepares students for what will be the norm in classrooms of the future. We invite you to see theField School website and the videos (see below) to get a taste of the Field School’s impact that we know will be far-reaching for years to come because the students and teachers involved in the program are destined to be our leaders.
field school videos
Here's a fun, "unofficial" video of the 2018 program created by our summer intern, Jahnna-Marie Kahele-Madali!