Solutions for Sustainability; ‘Ike Ku’una No Ke Aohou

Grades 11-12

Developed by Kimberlee Stuart, Kapaʻa High

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In this unit students learn from both indigenous knowledge and scientific inquiry to gain a deep understanding about the environment, and then apply this knowledge in engineering solutions for environmental problems. Students first investigate indigenous knowledge and methods for living harmoniously with the environment.  ‘Ike Ku’una No Ke Aohou literally means traditional knowledge for modern times.   Students will then build on this knowledge by using environmental science methodologies to gain new understandings.  In the culminating project students use the engineering process to build or refine a ‘green’ technology that enhances environmental sustainability.