Place-Based Learning

Eō nā Wahi Pana o Hawaiʻi
(Answer, you celebrated places of Hawaiʻi)
What is our relationship to the land? What does it mean be good stewards? Hawaiian place-based learning looks at the ʻāina (land) and local environment from a native perspective to study how it has been used over time, modern land use issues, and the relationships among place, history, culture, and tradition. In this session, you will explore placed-based teaching strategies, using Hawaiian settings to make connections to history and culture.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • define stewardship from a Native Hawaiian perspective
  • define place-based teaching strategies and their value in classroom instruction;
  • make connections among the local environment, history, and Native Hawaiian culture; and
  • design a classroom activity using place-based strategies.
Diamond Head

Diamond Head's original Hawaiian place name is Le’ahi, meaning "brow (lea) of the yellowfin tuna (ahi)." In the 1800's, British seaman mistook its sparkling calcite crystals for diamonds and called it Diamond Head.


From Nā ʻōlelo noʻeau, Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical sayings by Mary Kawena Pukui