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Lelekamanu Maui

Nā Papa The 90-minute interactive classroom presentations introduce elementary school teachers and students to the fundamentals of Hawaiian natural and cultural history. They include PowerPoint presentations, a variety of visual aids, and engaging student activities. 


Hawaiian Ahupua‘a – Introduction to basic concepts of an ahupua‘a, including its parts (kai, kula, uka), life in an ahupua‘a, mālama ʻāina (caring for the land), and mo‘olelo (story, history, legend). 

Hawaiian Watersheds – Components of watersheds and their values, human interaction from ancient times until today, moʻolelo, healthy versus unhealthy watersheds, and status of watersheds today. 

Hawaiian Wetlands – Native wetland ecosystems, form and function of wetland organisms, endangered Hawaiian water birds, cultural connections, and impact and mālama


Maui Ahupua‘a – Parts of an ahupua‘a: kai, kula, uka; the people, living in an ahupua‘a, food production, use of resources, mālama, and mo‘olelo; with a focus on the ahupua‘a in which your school is located. 

Hawaiian Geology – Cultural traditions connected to volcanoes and modern scientific theory of how Hawaiian volcanoes form and change over time. 

Nā Huaka‘i The 4 to 5-hour interpretive place-based field trips include bus tours and walking tours, which involve students in hands-on learning experiences. During nā huaka‘i, education staff build on the cultural and scientific knowledge students gained from classroom presentations and resource materials included in the Discovery Boxes. Note: Specific nā papa are prerequisite to certain nā huaka‘i. Applications specify these prerequisites. 


Hawaiian Watersheds Tour – Explore a Hawaiian watershed on a multi-stop tour including a site tour at ‘Īao Valley State Park (‘Īao Watershed), comparisons between channelized and natural streams, and more. 

Hawaiian Wetlands Tour – Experience Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on a walking tour to observe endangered and migratory birds in their natural wetland habitat, learn about mālama efforts, and explore the Visitor Center. 


Hawaiian Geology Bus Tour – Explore the rich cultural traditions and captivating volcanic history on a multi-stop tour through the moku of Wailuku and Kula. 

Lelekamanu Maui Program March 2020