Teaching & Learning

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.

He Makana No Nā Kumu Kula – A Gift to Teachers of Hawaiian Students

Produced in association with the Wai‘anae Women's Support Group, this program is offered to teachers as an aid to understanding the unique culture and learning styles of Hawaiian students.

Teaching Peace

A documentary on the work of Sister Anna McAnany and the Peace Education Program of the Wai‘anae Coast, initiated by members of the community in reaction to increasing violence in the schools.

Joe Waialae at Nānākuli High School

Musician and Wai‘anae native Joe Waialae combines a presentation on medicinal herbs, lā‘au lapa‘au, with songs, music and humor in this highly entertaining visit with high school students.

The May Experience

When community members take over Wai‘anae school classrooms for a day, students learn lessons about their environment, culture, and history.