Haleakalā National Park has developed new educational materials in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) for Hawaiian immersion fourth grade students. The virtual materials are available to teachers anywhere to inspire Grade 4 haumāna (students) to mālama ʻāina (steward the land).
One lesson plan focuses on the ʻāhinahina (Haleakalā Silversword) and how it survives its harsh environment. Another lesson plan takes students on a deeper dive into traditional hale (house) building and people’s relationship to the ʻāina (land).
The educational materials are the product of a collaboration between the National Park Service and Hawaiian Language Teachers Kaleialoha Kaniaupio-Crozier from Pāʻia Elementary School and Kawehi Kammerer from Kamehameha Schools.
After spending time in the park and with NPS staff, Kaniaupio-Crozier and Kammerer developed these new teaching materials and will share them with their students during the 2022-2023 school year.
“Virtual education is greatly needed in the Hawaiian immersion movement and these new educational materials allow teachers immediate access,” said Honeygirl Duman, Interpretation & Education Specialist at Haleakalā National Park. “ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. No task is too big when done by all. These new products were a team effort and a wonderful step towards connecting the park’s natural and cultural resources to haumāna,” Duman said.
To access the new education materials visit, www.nps.gov/hale/learn/education/classrooms/olelo-hawaii-classroom-materials.htm. The project was made possible through the support of the National Park Foundation. Hawaiian Language Immersion Teachers interested in lesson plan development opportunities can contact Honeygirl Duman at email@example.com.