Ka Papa Kai, our Marine Science for Youth program, is back in session and the students spent their first class learning all about traditional resource management and how it translates into resource protection today.
Using the ahupua‘a model as a guide, students learned how what happens mauka (uplands) affects makai (ocean/shore) and explored ways to help protect our limited resources.
The students also learned about the ‘o‘opu fish, a native Hawaiian goby that is “amphidromous” which means it needs both the fresh water stream and the ocean to complete its life cycle and survive. The students then put their artistic skills to the test and drew the unique fish’s life cycle, including threats and predators. The drawing above was created by Ruby, a 7th grader who is a returnee to the program and now acts as a youth mentor. Great job!
For more information about Ka Papa Kai, contact Jenny, Director of Educational Programs at email@example.com.