In September 2016, top conservationists from around the world came to Hawai'i for 10 days to share, learn, and experience the latest about global conservation. It was an extremely valuable time for gathering collective energy and pushing forward to meet new challenges of today and tomorrow. Among the 1500+ presentations were hundreds of electronic posters, an innovative way of sharing information. This video was made by Outside Hawai'i for Mālama Learning Center.
In this first of a series of videos, we share information about the honu, Hawaiian green sea turtle, which are welcome sights to most any beach-goer. These gentle creatures bask on the beach to rest but it is often not a restful time when curious people come by. Learn about the turtle's life history and ways you can be a better neighbor to these unique native species that are still vulnerable to extinction. This video was produced by Outside Hawai'i for Mālama Learning Center and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Educators from Leeward O'ahu, Hawai'i, participated in a multi-day Art & Aquaponics professional development course coordinated by the Mālama Learning Center. The final day of the course coincided with the Art & Aquaponics Symposium that was open to the public. Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos was the keynote speaker and led a mural project merging art and aquaponics that will eventually be mounted at Kapolei High School. This video was created for Mālama Learning Center by Outside Hawai'i, 2015.
Educators from Leeward O'ahu, Hawai'i, participated in a multi-day Art & Aquaponics professional development course coordinated by the Mālama Learning Center. Hear their perspectives on integrating various subject areas such as science, math, Hawaiian culture, and art through aquaponics. This video was created for Mālama Learning Center by Outside Hawai'i, 2015.
Teacher Aquaponics Training The Mālama Learning Center is assisting teachers from Leeward O'ahu in using aquaponics as a teaching device to learn about science, math, Hawaiian culture, and sustainability. Teachers attended workshops to learn about aquaponics and then to make a small system for their classrooms. Dr. Clyde Tamaru of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources was one of the instructors. His dedication to teaching and grooming the next generation of scientists inspired the teachers to give this technology a try. Special thanks go to the Nā Lei Aloha Foundation and Synagro for funding to make these workshops possible. This video was created for the Mālama Learning Center by Outside Hawai'i.
A Story of Hope: The Millerbirds' Journey This is a true story about a joint effort to restore a population of the endangered Nihoa Millerbird to Laysan atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Scientists and Hawaiian cultural practitioners worked together to re-establish this population of birds known only to this part of the world. This video tells the history of the islands through rare footage taken in 1923 as well as newspaper stories from the early 1800s. Through pictures and interviews, the translocation project is explained and contemplated upon by community leaders. The success of this project will help with the conservation of more bird species particularly on islands. This video was created for the Nihoa Millerbird Translocation Project by Outside Hawai`i and the Mālama Learning Center.
Window Tinting PSAs During the 2012-2013 school year, Malama Learning Center partnered with Kapolei High School students in Naidah Gamurot's Directed Studies in Science class to study the potential of window tinting to reduce heat in classrooms and potentially save energy costs. The students conducted various experiments with the help of Tommy Silva of TNT Tinting Specialists and found that tinting would reduce heat significantly, however further study is needed to predict the impact on energy costs. Students also made video public service announcements to inform viewers about their project. Mahalo to Hawai'i Energy and NEED for their grant, which kick-started this project.
Makeke Kapolei Stories Mākeke Kapolei is the weekly farmers' and green market at Kapolei High School conducted by the Mālama Learning Center, Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and Kapolei High School. Occasionally, cultural practitioners come to the market to teach market-goers about an art or tradition unique to Hawai'i thanks to funding from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. Mahalo also to OC16's Outside Hawai`i for documenting the stories.
Here's the latest video created by students at Kapolei High School:
Hawai'i Green Collar Institute Explore green careers related to the marine environment with high school and college student from Leeward O'ahu enrolled in the Hawai'i Green Collar Institute. These students spent a week with conservation professionals from a variety of agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Kako'o 'Oiwi. This program is conducted by the Mālama Learning Center and Leeward Community College. Thanks to the Na Lei Aloha Foundation, State Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and the Marine Education and Training Mini Grants Program from NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office for providing funding to support this session that was documented by OC16's Outside Hawai'i.
Climate Change PSAs During 2011, we had the privilege of working with the Hawai'i Nature Center's "Climate Change Camps" for middle school students. These week-long camps engaged students in various hands-on activities to learn about their environment and the impact of climate change today and potentially in the future. Most importantly, they learned about solutions.
One of the products of each of the three camps was a video public service announcement (PSA) created by the students (with some professional help). We're pleased to share them with you so that you can hear what the students have to say. Their words are intelligent and compelling.
Mahalo nui loa to the Hawai'i Nature Center, Kelsey Matsu, the students, and NOAA B-WET program for making these PSAs possible!