How do you Mālama Honua (Care for the Earth)?

Grades 6-8
Developed by Shari Jumalon, Konawaena Middle School
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Stories from different cultures demonstrate how our ancestors cared for and respected the land.  We can learn from and apply the pre-contact Hawaiian methods of sustainability by maintaining & monitoring natural resources to ensure the ongoing supply of these resources. According to Aunty Mona Kahele, the family ko’a (fishing grounds) was always fed to ensure that ‘opelu fishing would be abundant in the future.  In comparison, we can learn and apply the irrigation practices of the pre-contact Tahitians to support the large population on the South Eastern portion of Raiatea. By documenting these natural resource management techniques in other ports through interviews, students can adapt and apply techniques that are applicable in their home communities.