Nā Keiki o ka ‘Āina – Children of the Land

In the shadow of Ka‘ala mountain on the Wai‘anae coast of O‘ahu, a unique community project is creating a unique educational curriculum. Gigi Cocquio, a native of Italy, has set up a community farm in Mākaha and works with the children of Mākaha Elementary School to discover the value of mālama ‘āina, caring for the land that feeds them.

The children plant taro and other food plants, tend to their square-foot gardens, learn bee-keeping, animal husbandry, water conservation and medicinal herbs, raise fish in tanks, and cook their food in solar ovens. These activities are combined with courses on science, nutrition, math, and language arts.
Gigi Cocquio, Kathy Danielson, Jody Kuroda, Norman Pang and the children of Mākaha Elementary School.
Produced for Hoa‘āina o Mākaha.
Length: 28 minutes
Hawai‘i public access channels

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