Tag Archives: culture-based science

Nanakuli Aquaponics ROCKS!

The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) program has some awesome updates! Thanks to hard working educator, Jewelynn Kirkland, volunteers, community partners and 9th grade students at Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, new walkways lined with ‘uala (sweet potato) have been installed and pa pohaku (rock walls) have been built around the lo‘i (irrigated terrace) surrounding the greenhouse. Plantings will include a noni [...]

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La‘au Lapa‘au: Healing with Native Plants

isisHawaii’s “Ipu Waiwai Kula ‘AE” Aquaponics in Education project has provided wonderful opportunities to connect local professionals from academia, industry and the community to educators to co-design culturally responsive project-based activities for students. One such professional is Leinaala Bright – a certified healing practitioner – who has helped our school partners to better understand connections between Western science and traditional [...]

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StartSomeGood: Fund Drive for Nanakuli – MAHALO!

The Nanakuli Community Aquaponics Center StartSomeGood peer-funding campaign has closed and, unfortunately, it has fallen far short of our goal. isisHawaii would like to thank all our pledgees who believed in this initiative — your support has inspired us to continue seeking all the required resources to realize this vision for the Nanakuli community. The GOOD news is that, due [...]

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KULA Project Begins for Leeward Educators

  The long awaited implementation phase of isisHawaii’s Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE (Aquaponics in Education) (KULA) has finally begun. With construction of the Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate School outdoor greenhouses complete, curricular training commenced promptly with the opening of school year 2013-14. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program, KULA focuses on multidisciplinary applications through [...]

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Po‘okela Academy Visits WindwardCC

    September 20, 2013 – Students from Castle High School’s Po‘okela Academy visited Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawai‘i, to explore the science behind aquaponics, a sustainable hybrid agricultural method that nurtures both fish and produce in a water-based environment. Funded by a Hawai‘i P-20 initiative grant (College Access and Challenge Grant), isisHawaii was able to coordinate the activity [...]

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Ipu Waiwai at Makaha Elementary

isisHawaii’s project – Ipu Waiwai – Storing the Wealth of Learning (IPU) – is alive and well at Makaha Elementary School! IPU (a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program) provided training and resources for public school teachers (grades 4-6) in the Nanakuli/Wai‘anae district to better engage students and increase academic achievement through standards aligned [...]

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KULA: Nanakuli Science Lab

isisHawaii’s second outdoor science lab was just completed at Nanakuli Intermediate School. The Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE “Aquaponics in Education” project (funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program) provides the resources and specialists for Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate Schools to develop multidisciplinary culture-based lesson plans to engage youth in 21st century learning activities. The project [...]

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MAHALO!!!

  On Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, isisHawaii celebrated a special milestone — 10 years in Hawaii! The event was attended by community partners, educators, administrators, students and many others who shared the decade-long journey with us. A big “MAHALO!” to Silver Sponsor CH2M Hill, Bronze Sponsors 3D Academy and Crystal Mills and to all attendees for making isisHawaii’s 10th anniversary [...]

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Ipu Waiwai Kula – ‘AE: Wai‘anae

Our first outdoor science lab at Wai‘anae Intermediate School is finished! On Saturday, Nov 17, 2012,  Hapa Farms facilitated an installation and maintenance workshop for teachers from Wai‘anae and Nanakuli Intermediate Schools to prepare for the launch of their “Aquaponics in Education” projects next semester. The workshop began with a solemn ceremony by Kahu “Uncle” Bruce Keaulani to ask permission [...]

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2012 NIEA Conference – Oklahoma City, USA

The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) hosted its 43rd annual conference, “Maintaining Traditions in a Digital Era,” in Oklahoma City this year (Oct 18-21, 2012). Among the indigenous groups represented were American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians. isisHawaii was proud to be included in this national indigenous education forum, sharing findings from the “Ipu Waiwai – Storing the Wealth [...]

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