Teacher Resources


A Teacher’s Guide To Nene – Our Endangered State Bird.

Wao Akua: Sacred Source of Life:  Available for teachers at a 30% discount at our Kalanimoku Building office. Also available in local bookstores.

Hawaiian Forest Activity Guide– A Forest Is More Than Trees:  By completing this activity students will be able to: distinguish between differentforest types; identify the layers of a forest; discuss the use and conflicts that exist over use of forested lands; apply knowledge of specific animal and plant needs in the Hawaiian rain forest; recognize that altering a forest’s environment affects all living things and interrelationships in that environment. (Targeted to grade 5 -may be modified for other grades.)

Endangered Birds of Hawai‘i:  As part of our rich natural heritage, the native birds of Hawai‘i can be a fascinating topic of study. By exciting your students’ curiosity to learn more about these birds, you may open the door to a new opportunity for discovering more about the diverse and colorful wildlife Hawai‘i has to offer. The activities presented in this guide are designed to raise students’ awareness so that as concerned citizens they may help to prevent further loss of Hawai‘i’s unique and endangered bird species. Use the Printable Activities (Grades 3-7) and Coloring Book Fact Sheets together (the activities will refer to the fact sheets for more information about each bird).

‘Ohi‘a Project:  From1986 to 1989, Moanalua Gardens Foundation (MGF), along with Bishop Museum and the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE), developed and disseminated the ‘Ohi‘a Project Curriculum. The project is named for the ‘ohi‘a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), an abundant and important tree in many native Hawaiian forests. The goal of the ‘Ohi‘a Project is to assist Hawai‘i schools in implementing effective environmental education curricula to aid teachers and students in making informed choices for our island environment.

Hoike o Haleakala:  Hoike o Haleakala is a multi-disciplinary, science-based environmental education curriculum designed to help sustain the native Hawaiian landscape and culture by helping students establish and deepen connections to the land and the culture it supports. The Hoike curriculum supports State of Hawaii high school educational standards, particularly in the science disciplines. Each activity is correlated to state science standards, offering educators a way to fulfill educational requirements using local ecosystems and issues as a context. These materials help bring science home for students while fostering a strong science background and critical-thinking skills. Hoike o Haleakala is a downloadable curriculum for High School. Although it uses specific examples from Maui, many can be easily adapted for other islands.

Under The Hawaiian Sky:  Explore the many ecological zones and habitats of our islands and discover why Hawai‘i is one of the most special places on Earth through this web-resource from ‘Ohi‘a Productions’ popular touring show “Under The Hawaiian Sky.” Here you will find lesson plans, songs, and lots of good information about Forest Zones, Adaptive Radiation, Endangered Species, and Hawai‘i’s Watersheds.

The Greatest Good Teacher’s Guide:  This Teacher’s Guide offers K-12 educators suggestions for incorporating age-appropriate portions of the film The Greatest Good and its bonus materials into social studies, science, math, and civics classrooms. The film was produced by the U.S. Forest Service in honor of its Centennial celebration in 2005 and provides an in-depth look at natural resource management during the 20th century. The use of this film in a classroom offers an ideal way for students to study many related issues such as forest conservation, the role of fire in our society, wildlife protection, human impacts on the environment, and environmental decision-making in a democracy.

Hawaii Invasive Species Council:  This interagency website provides information, resources and links to learn more about how invasive species impact our lives and the environment. High school students may be interested in the HISCʻs Brownbag Series, a series of online talks given by Hawaiiʻs invasive species experts on a wide range of topics.

From The Land And Sea:  Favorite music from ‘Ohi‘a Productions’ traveling theater is now available on CD as a resource for schools. Copies available at our Kalanimoku Building office.