Educational Resources for Hawaii and the Pacific Basin

Education is a critical component of any conservation effort and is especially important for raising awareness of Hawaii's unique and endangered environments. Hawaii's isolation, extreme diversity of geography and topography, multitude of ecosystems, volcanic origins, and relatively recent human habitation have contributed to create flora, fauna, and human cultures found no where else in the world. These islands and their people are at once both idealized as "paradise" and poorly understood. Through conservation education - or instilling a knowledge of, a pride in, and an identification with Hawaiian nature - people will be able to begin to sustain these natural and cultural resources.

Read more about "The Value of Conservation Education" (2.69 KB PDF file) in Hawaii in this article by Kim Sikoryak, from the book, Conservation Biology in Hawaii.

Featured Resources
Hoike O Haleakala

Hoike O Haleakala

Hoike o Haleakala is a high school science curriculum based on the diverse ecosystems of Haleakala on Maui. School teachers and natural resource management staff worked together to create this innovative teaching tool. Exciting lessons and activities explore the biology, geology, cultural history, and conservation issues specific to Hawaiian ecosystems.
Search the Hoike curriculum.
Visit the Hoike website.

Ohia Lehua

Ohia Lehua Project Curriculum

"From 1986 to 1989, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), along with Bishop Museum and the Hawai`i Department of Education (DOE), developed and disseminated the Ohia Project Curriculum. The project is named for the ohia lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), an abundant and important tree in many native Hawaiian forests. The goal of the Ohia Project is to assist Hawaii schools in implementing effective environmental education curricula to aid teachers and students in making informed choices for our island environment." (Moanalua Gardens Foundation website)
Visit the Ohia Lehua curriculum download site.

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